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
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?
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.
yes i would try
maybe a love story
not that i would like to listen too
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
"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.
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
"A huge volume of tales, sound good some not so goo"
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.
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.
Too many narrators to mention.
No not really, these stories are good if you only have a short time to listen each day.
Good collection of tales (some seem unfinished) and I know these are short stories but some of them seem rushed & muddled.
"Credits well spent"
Value Quality Dark - Great stories and narrators, stories from 17th Century to present day with stoires and authors from across cultures and the world.
Vampire lestat, the ann rice series, dracula by bram stoker - so many stories it covers all vampire and horror stories.
too many to say
yes but its huge, still listening after 6 weeks of near constant use.
Great value for your monthly credits.
"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.
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