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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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.
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The narrators helped add life to the even most tedious of the stories.
I really don't think I need to hear another vampire story for a very long time.
Like most anthologies, this is hit or miss. Some were quite enjoyable, some rather tedious. The older stories were especially trying, probably due to the victorian writing style.
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.
Too many to count.
So far, they are fine.
Impossible, 60 hours... I did listen to about 6 hours straight though.
Would recommend to anyone not looking for super gory, but well written literature.
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.
This book would be great for someone that enjoys older stories.
All the stories are that I listen to were from around 1900's
Narrators did a good job, but they can only do so much for a slow story line.
Good book for older writing styles.
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.
I can't think of anything
too many to name
I liked it
parts of it more than others yes
The variety of story tellers
Can't say they were so many good ones
Tried that but just couldnt make it. Haha
I really really love this collection & definitely was worth saving up a credit for. Though some of the stories I wouldn't categories as vampire stories, they are still spooky & in the horror genre.
I liked some of the stories but some dragged on for far to long. I wish you offered a chapter list cuz it is to hard to find my favorites in all this. some narrators were not able to capture my attention. they were very boring to listen to.
Wow, there were some really crappy stories thrown into this mix. I'd say I enjoyed maybe one in four of the stories. Then there were a lot that weren't even about vampires. By the end I was just using it for background noise while I did housework.
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