Although many of the stories in this collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vampire tales are steeped in horror and foreboding, narrator Stephen Menasche does not produce a heavy-handed performance. Instead, he draws listeners close with his ability to create the personalities and feelings of the characters - from the Captain's growing paranoia and psychosis in "The Captain of the Pole Star" to the menace under the sweetness of Miss Northcott in "John Barrington Cowles".
Although classic vampires make an appearance in some of the stories, this anthology goes beyond typical monster tales and explores the theme of vampirism itself.
Who would suspect that the same mind that created the most famous literary detective of all time also took on the eternally popular genre of vampires? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a contemporary of Bram Stoker, gave us some fascinating works of vampire fiction. From the bloodsucking plant in "The American's Tale" to the bloodsucking wife in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," he reveled in the horror created by creatures who survived on the blood of men and women.
As the best-selling Twilight series has dominated bookstores, it's the perfect time to offer the first-ever compilation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vampire tales. Get ready to sink your teeth into this heart-stopping anthology. Each of these 12 short stories has been pulled from obscurity and hand selected for this collection. Conan Doyle's famous friendship with vampire king Bram Stoker is thought to have influenced these many blood-sucking tales, including "The Captain of the Pole Star," about a medical student on an arctic voyage haunted by a heat-draining Eskimo vampire and "The Three Gables," in which vampirism is cunningly used as a metaphor for capitalism.Featuring an introduction by world-renowned vampire expert, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, this is a must-have anthology for all vampire lovers, and for any Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiast.