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The Vampire Archives Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mustard The Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 10-11-16
    Mustard The Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 10-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Joshua "Bear" Jordan

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    "Great Volume from this collection"

    I'm reviewing this collection in depth at the end view that volume for in depth details if you'd like!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Gaudree 10-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "not all of them are vampire stories just fyi"
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    i mean it was long and thats what i wanted but some of the stories are subpar and others have not ideal narrators

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    angela lloyd 07-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very good"

    loved it. good variety. liked authers bios. hope to see more like this. thank you

    0 of 0 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 6 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 8 people found this review helpful
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    hazel 06-09-16
    hazel 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wish i could return not what i thought i would lik"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    yes i would try


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    maybe a love story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not sure


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

    not that i would like to listen too


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 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 1 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 2016
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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 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Summerville, SC, United States 07-05-11
    Tiffany Summerville, SC, United States 07-05-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring!"

    Most of the stories are old and uninteresting. I got lost many times listening to this book.

    5 of 23 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris
    YorkUnited Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "There's so much"

    If you like to work on a cost per minute basis then you won't be disappointed by this. The download is in 8 parts of 7-8 hours each making over 61 hours of listening. There are over 80 stories and poems and I've enjoyed the majority of them.



    It's nice that there's a mixture of styles. As well as horror there's sci-fi, fantasy, humour, psychological etc. Some of the stories are classics that date back to before Bram Stoker's Dracula (in fact one of the stories is a chapter that wasn't incuded in the published version of Dracula). I was particularly pleased to come across a Stephen King short story that I don't recall coming across before.



    I did find myself wondering when each story started when would the vampire be revealed? I guess that's to be expected though :).



    My only serious negative observation is that the way that iTunes burns the tracks to CD it makes it difficult to skip to the start of then next story on a car CD player when you don't like a particular story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn
    Reading, United Kingdom
    11/18/15
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    "WOW!"

    What an interesting and varied book! So many different types of vampires. Lovely to hear stories from the not too distant past, but out of print or vogue, although this subject is anything but!
    Haven't been this glued for a long time! Thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Planet Earth
    2/9/14
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    "A huge volume of tales, sound good some not so goo"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend although some of the stories aren't that great a lot of them are well worth a listen.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Yes I would try other books by some of the authors as there are so many different styles of writing and I'm sure that full length stories would be much better.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Too many narrators to mention.


    Did The Vampire Archives inspire you to do anything?

    No not really, these stories are good if you only have a short time to listen each day.


    Any additional comments?

    Good collection of tales (some seem unfinished) and I know these are short stories but some of them seem rushed & muddled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Donal
    westmeath, Ireland
    7/9/13
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    "Credits well spent"
    If you could sum up The Vampire Archives in three words, what would they be?

    Value Quality Dark - Great stories and narrators, stories from 17th Century to present day with stoires and authors from across cultures and the world.


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

    Vampire lestat, the ann rice series, dracula by bram stoker - so many stories it covers all vampire and horror stories.


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

    too many to say


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

    yes but its huge, still listening after 6 weeks of near constant use.


    Any additional comments?

    Great value for your monthly credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    SCARBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "EXCELLENT COMPILATION OF STORIES"

    This is an excellent compilation of Vampire stories written by some of the great masters of Horror Fantasy & Fiction. Many hours of great listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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