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A Coven of Vampires

Narrated by: Joshua Saxon
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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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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A collection of “vampire” stories that bring much more to the table

So as a teen I loved Brian Lumleys necroscope series...so when I saw coven of vampires a collection of short vampire stories I was thrilled about it and thought that I’d be taking a spin threw that universe I grew to live as a teen...boy was I wrong lol! However that is a GOOD thing. these were not the tales of the vampires from the necroscope universe. These were tales from the dark recesses of Lumleys mind. They are tales that are anything but traditional which is what I love about Lumleys stories in general. The influence of Lovecraft is strong in many of these tales and you will find things in here that will stir the hairs up on the back of your neck and cause you to think twice about getting in the water. The tales in here will deliver on the concept of vampire in the literal and the concept of the vampire as only Lumley could construe it. Sit back listen and enjoy the tingle in your spine. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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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
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Excellent

Creepy and full of interesting characters. Each story completely different and not just vampires but other nightmarish creatures.

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A Toothsome Tale of Vampire Lore

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of A Coven of Vampires by Brian Lumley and narrated by Joshua Saxon. This is a great collection of short stories on a one of my favorite scary creatures. It is very good for fill in listening because of being shorts. The narration is perfect for the topic. I recommend this for late night driving…

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A Coven of Vampires

This is a wonderful collection of horror stories that all revolve around vampires and things that are vampire like. Each story is well written and includes strong characters and plots. I found myself quickly engrossed in each story right from the start of each one. If you enjoy tales on the creepy side with substance than this is a book for you. Narrator Joshua Saxon does a great job of giving these stories life. He keeps the narrative flowing at a good pace and each of the characters are given a voice that works for them. I am a fan of Brian Lumley and am now a fan of Joshua Saxon.

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A Coven of Vampires

I really enjoyed this collection of vampire based short stories. There were only a few duds which I think is pretty good considering the number of short stories. I thought the narrator did an excellent job especially with different dialects performed. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Short sharp tales!

This is a collection of short stories based around vampires. I love short horror stories in general, as it's easy to listen to one complete story in any one sitting; and having been a long-time fan of Lumley's vampire series Necroscope, so I thought this would be an interesting listen. The good news here is that these stories are all very well written as you would expect from Brian Lumley, and the stories are both interesting and wide ranging, geographically and in the various types of vampires presented in the stories (not all are like in the Necroscope series). Some stories are simply based around vampyric themes whereas others are more straightforward and standard vampire stories with common vampire lore. Not all the stories are great, though most are good and only a couple are duds (In my opinion).

The narrator Joshua Saxon does a fine job covering the voices of the characters contained within the tales. He handled everything from the modern to the ancient seamlessly and I never for once was distracted by his performance. I find the best narrators are the ones you simply don't notice are there, as if you are reading the stories and not actually listening to them; Joshua managed to do just that. He is certainly a narrator that I would listen to again.

Overall I would recommend this book to even the most casual fan of vampire lore, it's very entertaining and well worth your time.


This audiobook was provided to me for free at my request in exchange for an honest review.

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Some excellent vampire fiction!

Brian Lumley, author of Necrospope, Titus Crowe and many other books, has collected together some fantastic vampire stories here. He really delves into a variety of plots, really engaging the reader/listener. He creates some engaging characters and settings, drawing you in to the darkness. Joshua did a good job bringing the characters to life, and he has excellent narrative pacing. I definitely recommend you listen to this.

I am voluntarily reviewing this audiobook I was provided at no cost by the Author, Publisher or narrator.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 08-20-19

Spooky vampire stories

Very well written and narrated. Theses reminded more of classic scary stories i.e. : Vincent Price or Outer Limits. Really enjoyed these stories, no sparkly vampires here.

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Good Collection... Strong Narration

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This collection of vampire stories was enjoyable. While I definitely enjoyed some more than others, it was a good mixture and since the stories were short, the content was diverse.

Narration worked very well for me; really brought the stories to life.

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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).