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 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.
It wasn't the narration. It was the horrible selection of stories.
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.
If I had not started it.
Probably something from Dean Koontz or Steven King
Chosen a different book
All of it.
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.
Give me a good audiobook over TV anyday :)
Most of these stories can be downloaded for free at booksshouldbefree com or librivox com, they are THAT old... Unless you're a historian, these stories are simply to old to be exciting./scary..
They could have chosen stories from the 1900's instead of the 1800's and found some that was at least a bit scary or action-packed, instead of this rubbish..
all of it exept maybe 1 or two stories. I must admit I couldnt bear to listen thru it all before I gave up..
Being a middle-aged man and not a teenager, I do like stories that doesn't necessarily have screaming action all the time, but listening to this audiobook is like an overdose of Valium - except, I guess the medicine wont irritate as much, as the lack of excitement in this book...
Many (if not most) of these stories are very, very old and, needless to say, very very simplistic. I am sure they were incredibly imaginative and scary at the time, but now they make a very boring read.
why did i spend my credits on this? i should have done some research on this book. the last thing that i want to do is listen to 200 year old vampire stories that is not even scary or entertaining by today's standards. the newer stories (newer as in author still alive and know what an airplane is or a cell phone) are mediocre at best.
but that's just me though. i should have know by the tittle of the book. archives, blow off the dust and lets read this book.
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