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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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No Sparkle Here!

What did you love best about The Vampire Archives?

These are classic, old school vampire tales. Modern bloodsuckers aren't vampires - they're fairies with bad attitudes. Herein lies the template of all that's come before and should come again.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • andrew
  • oldbury, Australia
  • 02-19-13

good

some storeys were a bit lame but on a hole it was good listning and i will listen to it often

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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About 7 hours into it, just fantastic!

If you could sum up The Vampire Archives in three words, what would they be?

I truly love the older tales about the vampires. The old English and the way they were written are just amazing. Also, the way the narrators describe the author before the story begins is very helpful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many to count.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

So far, they are fine.

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

Impossible, 60 hours... I did listen to about 6 hours straight though.

Any additional comments?

Would recommend to anyone not looking for super gory, but well written literature.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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You Have to Really Like Vampire Stories

Wow, this is the longest read ever. Some of the stories were good but not many were very good. A trip through the history of vampire stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan
  • BELLEVILLE, IL, United States
  • 03-24-13

Spread this out

Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Archives to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. The audio version was great though. Lots of different performers, but they all did a great job. This is ridiculously long though as a serious of short stories, so break it up. I tried to do in all together and it wore me out.

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

I can't think of anything

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

too many to name

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I liked it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fred
  • Tullahoma, TN, United States
  • 02-17-13

Vamp Arch.

Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

parts of it more than others yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Archives?

The variety of story tellers

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

Can't say they were so many good ones

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

Tried that but just couldnt make it. Haha

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • chase
  • Murray, UT, United States
  • 10-18-13

Not bad

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book would be great for someone that enjoys older stories.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

All the stories are that I listen to were from around 1900's

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Narrators did a good job, but they can only do so much for a slow story line.

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

Good book for older writing styles.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very few interesting stories

wow. Underwhelming stories. Can I have my money back? Many stories have little or no vampire connection.

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Fabulous!

A fabulous collection of vampire stories from the top authors of horror. I could not stop listening. Entranced by the stories and the narrators. All magnificent. Scott Brick, Jonathan Cooley, Simon Vance, Erik Davies, Stephen Hoye and Robin Sachs are the excellent. I could listen to any story narrated by these luminaries of the narration industry. They bring such life and imagery to the stories. Moving onto to Fangs: The Vampire Archives 2 right after I complete this review!

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  • Michael
  • mira loma, CA, United States
  • 06-06-17

vampire yawns

this book has very good short stories about vampires . also it has brutally boring stories . it also contains short stories that have no vampires , but a disembodied hand for example . it is worth the money though .so pick and choose your favorite and enjoy .