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A Coven of Vampires

Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Coven of Vampires is a collection of 13 classic vampire tales:

  • "What Dark God?"
  • "Back Row"
  • "The Strange Years"
  • "The Kiss of the Lamia"
  • "Recognition"
  • "The Thief Immortal"
  • "Necros"
  • "The Thing From the Blasted Heath"
  • "Uzzi, Haggopian"
  • "The Picknickers"
  • "Zack Phalanx is Vlad the Impaler"
  • "The House of the Temple"
©2011 Brian Lumley (P)2019 David N. Wilson

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 07-05-19

Great collection

A great mix of vampire themed fiction
The stories range from standard blood suckers to your plant and aquatic variety
Joshua is very skilled at multiple accents and his narration fit this perfectly
A creative take on a classic creature highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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A very nice & eclectic collection of stories

I’m not a huge fan of short story collections. Nor am I particularly fond of vampire stories. So why then would I pick this one up. Well…I have only read one Lumley and remember enjoying it so when I saw this audiobook up for grabs, I jumped on it.

This was a very nice collection of stories. The narration was spot on for each of the eclectic voices in the individual tales and added an extra layer of feeling and depth. Very nicely done all around and sprinkled with the appropriate amounts of blood.

*I was given a free review copy audiobook of this title at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Pretty Good!

I enjoyed this book but not the narrator so much. I found it difficult to understand what was going on at times and had to listen again to understand it. I think the stories are good and well worth listening to. I've never read this author before but I will be looking into more of his work!

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LOVED!

Even though wasn't a fan of all the stories in this bundle, I'm giving this an overall 5-star rating because the majority of the stories were superb and narration was amazing!

Here's another audiobook I was interested in because I haven't listened to anything vampire-related in a good while and the cover looked interesting. Unfortunately, when I get these random books, I tend to not read the synopsis. So then I'm surprised to what the story is going to be about. Well, on that note, it wasn't until I was about three hours in that I realized (after confirming) that this was multiply stories of vampires, as opposed to a single one. Yeah... I was wondering why I kept getting confused. Obviously, I'm a bit slow. LOL Anyway, the author, Mr. Lumley, used a lot of detail so it was easy to image what he imaged (or a version of it) while writing these. Overall, this was a great batch of stories. I originally assumed that the stories were going to be all vampire (dead humans with fangs) kind of stories. The synopsis says that these are classic vampire stories, so I'm obviously not up-to-date with my vampire lore as I haven't heard of several of these "vampires."


Joshua Saxon did an awesome job! Wow! He deserves an award for the variety of accents he can do and make sound natural. I had to listen to some samples of other audiobooks he's narrated to determine what his natural accent is. I was thinking American...until I got to the very end with the credits and he was back to the English accent. So, I have no clue. It doesn't really matter though because Mr. Saxon does such an amazazing job that it's like he is simply talking as opposed to reading from a script. While I'm typically not a fan of sound effects being used, whoever picked them (would this be the narrator's job?) chose ones that really added to the story. His English accent made me think of the main narrator (storyteller guy) from Neil Gaiman's book "The Graveyard." I'm not sure if that narrator actually has an English accent, but he popped into my head when I heard Mr. Saxon. It's funny because both covers have similar colors. The other wow factor with Mr. Saxon is that he can easily (at least based on what I heard) make himself sound young, middle-aged, or old. I couldn't even guess as to his real age. There were many times when I would have sworn someone else was narrating with him, just because of how realistic and different from each other the accents were. Plus (and this is huge!) he can do female voices! I'd definitely listen to him again.


What Dark God? 2/5 I didn't really like this story but the idea of not being able to move or talk while "strangeness" is going on around you sounds scary/interesting.

Back Row 5/5 Loved this one! Just thinking about what you believe is going on behind you, only to find out it's something you never would have expected.

The Strange Years 3/5 This wasn't really a story, was it? It was like more of a long description, a diary entry, or the build-up for a scene or backstory.

The Kiss of the Lamia 4/5 This was an interesting story. The description of the female dragon (forgot her name) didn't sound gross or scary looking, yet when people laid eyes on her, they seemed to be a lot more traumatized then what I would imagine happening when gazing upon a dragon. Maybe it's just me.

Recognition -/5 I just couldn't get into this story. Maybe it's because I was starving to death while listening; I don't know.

The Thief Immortal 4/5 I wish there had been more to this story, like what was going on around him. Otherwise, I liked it a lot.

Necros 5/5 This is nice and creepy. I loved it! That special voice effect that was used for the female when she met Peter in her room...noice!

The Thing From the Blasted Heath 5/5 I'm all for any kind of story that has scary plants!

Uzzi 5/5 This story is very different (at least a majority of it) because it's done in first person as though the character is talking to you, the reader, and telling his story.

Haggopian 5/5 Here is another creepy story.

The Picknickers 5/5 I wish this one would have been longer as well.

Zack Phalanx is Vlad the Impaler 5/5 I think this was the first story in which the narrator uses an American accent for the majority of the story. For some reason, after listening to him do Scottish, English, and Russian accents, the American totally blew me away. LOL It's during this story when I tried to find out what the narrators natural accent was.

The House of the Temple 3/5 I really wanted to like this one. The nephew going back home to another country to settle his late uncle's will. Staying in a large, cool-sounding house. But it just didn't catch my attention like I thought it would. One thing I noticed with this story was that the narrator didn't really change his voice when it came to the two male leads.


I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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The best collection I have read

A Coven of Vampires. I found this collection of short stories to be the best I have ever read. Usually in collections you find a mix of quality but not this one. Every story is excellent.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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this book is so awesome!

omg i LOVED this book! It's a collection of 13 vampire stories and let me tell you! They are all kinds of vampires here. Mr. Lumley pulls from folklore (yay!!), H.P. Lovecraft, fantasy and more. i still have 2 stories to go but i doubt those 2 will change my rating of this book. These vampires are not pretty or romantic and sometimes not even human. i would definitely read more by this author.
Joshua Saxton reads this and omg! He does such a great job. i thought there was more than 1 narrator. He does that good with all the different accents. I would listen to him read just about anything.

** I received this audio book in exchange for a honest review. This is it. Thank you so very much Mr. Saxton for the book!!**

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Not many vampires

It's more ":A coven of Lovecraft stories", which is good, just very few vampires. It's good tho

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Very original takes on vampires.

This is an interesting collection of vampire short stories. I was impressed. Alot of these stories are not about your typical vampire. Anything from a lamia to a blood sucking plant can be found in this collection. If you're looking for some out of the box vampire/creature stories, this is a good place to start.

At my request, I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Simply amazing

I loved how new ideas where created to the Vampirical Story lines!
My favorite though is defintley the tale about the Lamier!
narrator was excellent also (i do love a foreign accent-- i'm american)

I received a copy of the audible version in exchange for a honest review.
I hope everyone enjoys it as much as i did!

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 07-02-19

More Lumley on Audible please

This is another excellent Lumley short collection, I think this is the third, but it's a good one and Josua Saxon is a great narrator for this collection, almost perfect throughout.

I'd recommend this to all Lumley fans, although be aware that does not mean ''Necroscope'' fans, I mean real Lumley fans.

I particularly enjoyed ''The Strange Years''' as it reflects perfectly the way I often feel how Gaia might respond to the human blight. "The Kiss of the Lamia", "The Thief Immortal", "Uzzi, Haggopian" and "The Picknickers" were also marvellous. There were only two that I did not care for at all and one of them, sadly, was the very first "What Dark God?", I did not feel that it was the best start to the book, but I did feel that "The House of the Temple" was a good ending. Which will be your favourites?

This is a good mix of stories, none of which are about Vampires as you might expect them, so be warned there, this is more Cthulhu Mythos than Vampire Lestat (and there are very definitely no sparkly vampires here).

I was lucky enough to receive my copy free of charge and am delighted to leave this unbiased and honest review (I admit though, to having been a Brian Lumley fan for decades).