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The Vampire Archives Audiobook

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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    Troy 08-31-12
    Troy 08-31-12

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    "No Sparkle Here!"
    What did you love best about The Vampire Archives?

    These are classic, old school vampire tales. Modern bloodsuckers aren't vampires - they're fairies with bad attitudes. Herein lies the template of all that's come before and should come again.


    11 of 15 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.

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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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    J. Richmond CA 11-23-15
    J. Richmond CA 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "About 7 hours into it, just fantastic!"
    If you could sum up The Vampire Archives in three words, what would they be?

    I truly love the older tales about the vampires. The old English and the way they were written are just amazing. Also, the way the narrators describe the author before the story begins is very helpful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to count.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    So far, they are fine.


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

    Impossible, 60 hours... I did listen to about 6 hours straight though.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend to anyone not looking for super gory, but well written literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    veronica Mernda, Australia 09-04-15
    veronica Mernda, Australia 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You Have to Really Like Vampire Stories"

    Wow, this is the longest read ever. Some of the stories were good but not many were very good. A trip through the history of vampire stories.

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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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    "Spread this out"
    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi MERIDIAN, MS, United States 01-18-15
    Kristi MERIDIAN, MS, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2015
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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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