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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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great stories

from Ann Rice to Stephen King and many more from very old to new. great storries

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Great Collection

I really really love this collection & definitely was worth saving up a credit for. Though some of the stories I wouldn't categories as vampire stories, they are still spooky & in the horror genre.

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It ok

I liked some of the stories but some dragged on for far to long. I wish you offered a chapter list cuz it is to hard to find my favorites in all this. some narrators were not able to capture my attention. they were very boring to listen to.

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"Complete" doesn't necessarily mean "good".

Wow, there were some really crappy stories thrown into this mix. I'd say I enjoyed maybe one in four of the stories. Then there were a lot that weren't even about vampires. By the end I was just using it for background noise while I did housework.

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Great Volume from this collection

I'm reviewing this collection in depth at the end view that volume for in depth details if you'd like!

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not all of them are vampire stories just fyi

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i mean it was long and thats what i wanted but some of the stories are subpar and others have not ideal narrators

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very good

loved it. good variety. liked authers bios. hope to see more like this. thank you

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The Bible of Vampire Stories

Would you listen to The Vampire Archives again? Why?

No, for I don't listen to, read or watch the same movie twice. So much to listen to... So little time!

Who was your favorite character and why?

No one. Too many to keep track!

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

None.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Tales of the Vampire

Any additional comments?

Is there a sequel to this book?

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Brewster, NY, United States
  • 05-25-13

There is a reason its the "Most Complete"....

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.

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wish i could return not what i thought i would lik

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

yes i would try

What do you think your next listen will be?

maybe a love story

How did the narrator detract from the book?

not sure

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

not that i would like to listen too

Any additional comments?

no

0 of 2 people found this review helpful