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The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published | [Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Stephen King]

The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.
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The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the human lexicon and as old as blood itself. They are your neighbors, your friends, and they are always lurking. Now Otto Penzler—editor of the best-selling Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps—has compiled the darkest, the scariest, and by far the most evil collection of vampire stories ever, with over 80 stories, including the works of Stephen King and D. H. Lawrence, alongside Lord Byron and Tanith Lee, not to mention Edgar Allan Poe and Harlan Ellison. The Vampire Archives will drive a stake through the heart of any other collection out there.

Other contributors include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Robert Bloch, and Clive Barker.

The complete list of narrators includes Peter Altschuler, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies, Mark Deakins, Robertson Dean, Susan Denaker, Susan Duerden, Harlan Ellison, Ryan Gessell, Stephen Hoye, Carrington MacDuffie, John H. Mayer, Paul Michael, Allyson Ryan, Robin Sachs, Fred Sanders, Rob Shapiro, Simon Vance, Bob Walter, and Steve West.

©2009 Otto Penzler (P)2011 Random House

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    TB 02-27-15
    TB 02-27-15
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    "Table of Contents:"

    Foreword: Kim Newman
    Preface: Neil Gaiman
    Introduction: Otto Penzler


    PRE-DRACULA

    Good Lady Ducayne: M. E. Braddon
    The Last Lords of Gardonal: William Gilbert
    A Mystery of the Campagna: Anne Crawford
    The Fate of Madame Cabanel: Eliza Lynn Linton
    Let Loose: Mary Cholmondeley
    The Vampire: Vasile Alecsandri
    The Death of Halpin Frayser: Ambrose Bierce
    Ken's Mystery: Julian Hawthorne
    Carmilla: Sheridan Le Fanu
    The Tomb of Sarah: F. G. Loring
    Ligeia: Edgar Allan Poe
    The Old Portrait: Hume Nisbet
    The Vampire Maid: Hume Nisbet

    TRUE STORIES

    The Sad Story of a Vampire: Eric (Count) Stenbock
    A Case of Alleged Vampirism: Luigi Capuana
    An Authenticated Vampire Story: Franz Hartmann

    GRAVEYARDS, CASTLES, CHURCHES, RUINS

    Revelations in Black: Carl Jacobi
    The Master of Rampling Gate: Anne Rice
    The Vampire of Kaldenstein: Frederick Cowles
    An Episode of Cathedral History: M. R. James
    Schloss Wappenburg: D. Scott-Moncrieff
    The Hound: H. P. Lovecraft
    Bite-Me-Not Or, Fleur De Fur: Tanith Lee
    The Horror at Chilton Castle: Joseph Payne Brennan
    The Singular Death of Morton: Algernon Blackwood
    The Death of Ilalotha: Clark Ashton Smith

    THAT'S POETIC

    The Bride of Corinth: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    The Giaour: Lord Byron
    La Belle Dame Sans Merci: John Keats

    HARD TIMES FOR VAMPIRES

    Place of Meeting: Charles Beaumont
    Duty: Ed Gorman
    A Week in the Unlife: David J. Schow

    CLASSIC TALES

    Four Wooden Stakes: Victor Roman
    The Room in the Tower: E. F. Benson
    Mrs. Amworth: E. F. Benson
    Doctor Porthos: Basil Copper
    For the Blood Is the Life: F. Marion Crawford
    Count Magnus: M. R. James
    When It Was Moonlight: Manly Wade Wellman
    The Drifting Snow: August Derleth
    Aylmer Vance and the Vampire: Alice and Claude Askew
    Dracula's Guest: Bram Stoker
    The Transfer: Algernon Blackwood
    The Stone Chamber: H. B. Marriott Watson
    The Vampire: Jan Neruda
    The End of the Story: Clark Ashton Smith

    PSYCHIC VAMPIRES

    The Lovely Lady: D. H. Lawrence
    The Parasite: Arthur Conan Doyle
    Lonely Women Are the Vessels of Time:
    Harlan Ellison

    SOMETHING FEELS FUNNY

    Blood: Fredric Brown
    Popsy: Stephen King
    The Werewolf and the Vampire: R. Chetwynd-Hayes
    Drink My Red Blood: Richard Matheson
    Dayblood: Roger Zelazny

    LOVE . . . FOREVER

    Replacements: Lisa Tuttle
    Princess of Darkness: Frederick Cowles
    The Silver Collar: Garry Kilworth
    The Old Man's Story: Walter Starkie
    Will: Vincent O'Sullivan
    Blood-Lust: Dion Fortune
    The Canal: Everil Worrell
    When Gretchen Was Human: Mary A. Turzillo
    The Story of Chugoro: Lafcadio Hearn

    THEY GATHER

    The Men & Women of Rivendale: Steve Rasnic Tem
    Winter Flowers: Tanith Lee
    The Man Who Loved the Vampire Lady: Brian Stableford
    Midnight Mass: F. Paul Wilson

    IS THAT A VAMPIRE?

    The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire: Arthur Conan Doyle
    A Dead Finger: Sabine Baring-Gould
    Wailing Well: M. R. James
    Human Remains: Clive Barker
    The Vampire: Sydney Horler
    Stragella: Hugh B. Cave
    Marsyas in Flanders: Vernon Lee
    The Horla: Guy De Maupassant
    The Girl With the Hungry Eyes: Fritz Leiber

    THIS IS WAR

    The Living Dead: Robert Bloch
    Down Among the Dead Men: Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann

    MODERN MASTERS

    Necros: Brian Lumley
    The Man Upstairs: Ray Bradbury
    Chastel: Manly Wade Wellman
    Dracula's Chair: Peter Tremayne
    Special: Richard Laymon
    Carrion Comfort: Dan Simmons
    The Sea Was Wet as Wet Could Be: Gahan Wilson

    The Vampire: A Bibliography: Compiled by Daniel Seitler

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13
    Kindle Customer Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2008

    Mitch

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    "Superb Collection, Well Narrated"

    I can't say if this IS the most complete volume of vampire stories ever published, but it certainly covers a very broad watershed. When I saw that the stories go back as far as the 19th century, I expected some dull and even downright tedious stories among this collection. Not at all! The stories are all interesting. The range of narrators adds to the interest. This is a really well-done collection of horror stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerson 11-30-12
    Gerson 11-30-12
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    "The Bible of Vampire Stories"
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    No, for I don't listen to, read or watch the same movie twice. So much to listen to... So little time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one. Too many to keep track!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    None.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tales of the Vampire


    Any additional comments?

    Is there a sequel to this book?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-21-13
    Susan 08-21-13
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    "Looks like a deal, but pass it by."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better stories, not so many old hackneyed stories.


    Has The Vampire Archives turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much, will be much more careful with short stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was wildly uneven as far as I listened, may have gotten better but I lost interest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13
    Nathan BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Archives to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. The audio version was great though. Lots of different performers, but they all did a great job. This is ridiculously long though as a serious of short stories, so break it up. I tried to do in all together and it wore me out.


    What other book might you compare The Vampire Archives to and why?

    I can't think of anything


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    too many to name


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I liked it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Tullahoma, TN, United States 02-17-13
    Fred Tullahoma, TN, United States 02-17-13
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    "Vamp Arch."
    Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

    parts of it more than others yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Archives?

    The variety of story tellers


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Can't say they were so many good ones


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Tried that but just couldnt make it. Haha


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "There is a reason its the "Most Complete"...."

    There is a reason why this used to be 2 credits and now its only one. There is also a reason why they didn't call it the greatest collecting or the scariest. Most stories are written before 1900...and it shows. The stuff that would have been scary back then is so boring now. I can't say enough about how horrible some of this collection was. The french accents on some of the stories made be just skip the entire book. Save yourself a credit and buy something else.

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    Kristi MERIDIAN, MS, United States 01-18-15
    Kristi MERIDIAN, MS, United States 01-18-15
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    "A snooze fest"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy this book. I tried so hard, but every story it seems just put me to sleep. I could not wait for each one to be over. There were one or two stories that were good and kept me intrigued, but those few were like needles in the haystack as they say.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming qualities I can see is there are a lot of short stories so if you are frequently bored by listening to a long book and want shorter, different stories this might appeal to you.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sauromon 05-19-14
    Sauromon 05-19-14

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    "Dont Waste your Credits"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am a huge fan of the genere , but these stories are so uninspired and boring even with some of the best narrators in the industry could not save this selection of some of the weakest stories I have ever listened to.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It wasn't the narration. It was the horrible selection of stories.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was hoping this was going to be a treasure trove of great stories, it just got worse and worse after each story or poem it got boring and sadly nothing I can say positive about this collection. Very Disappointing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oldnbroke Pomona, CA USA 06-24-14
    Oldnbroke Pomona, CA USA 06-24-14

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    "OLD and BORING"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had not started it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from Dean Koontz or Steven King


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Chosen a different book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vampire Archives?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read literally thousands of horror, scifi, etc. This has caused me to become somewhat jaded. Not everybody has read as much as I have. I was fortunate to have been taught speed reading as a child and am now in my sixties. Others may like this book. I just have read too many others just like it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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