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
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!
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.
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.
No, for I don't listen to, read or watch the same movie twice. So much to listen to... So little time!
No one. Too many to keep track!
Tales of the Vampire
Is there a sequel to this book?
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.
Better stories, not so many old hackneyed stories.
Pretty much, will be much more careful with short stories.
The narration was wildly uneven as far as I listened, may have gotten better but I lost interest.
Not for me.
Save your money.
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
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.
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.
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.
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