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Vampire Horror!

By: M. R. James,John Polidori,F. Marion Crawford
Narrated by: Bill Wallis,Anthony Head,John Telfer,Cornelius Garrett

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Four classic tales of the undead, read by Bill Wallis, Anthony Head, John Telfer and Cornelius Garrett.

'The Vampyre' sees a young English gentleman accompanying an aristocrat on a tour of Europe. But Aubrey soon discovers that the charming Lord Ruthven is not what he appears to be. In 'The Wailing Well', three boy scouts find more than they bargained for when they search for a haunted well, while 'For the Blood is the Life' tells the story of a mysterious mound and a murdered girl’s dreadful vengeance. And in 'An Episode of Cathedral History', the uncovering of a stone tomb unleashes a terrible force of darkness.

Evocatively read by three of our finest actors, and with atmospheric music, these bloodcurdling tales are perfect listening for long winter nights.

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Old School Vampires

This collection contains the earliest classics of the vampire genre. In fact, it includes what is considered the very first story in the vampire literary genre (well before Bram Stoker's Dracula.)

The Vampyre (1819) - Written by John Polidori in the summer of 1816 while staying at the Villa Diodati in the Swiss mountains with Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollestonecraft and Claire Clairmont. While it stormed outside, the group took to the fireplace and dared each other to scare theirselves by telling frightening stories. Out of this inspiring atmosphere came two classics of the gothic horror genre: Frankenstein by Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley and The Vampyre by John Polidori. This fateful gathering has been the subject of numerous books and films including Ken Russell's magnificent film GOTHIC.

Wailing Well (1928) - Written by M.R. James and narrated by Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) M.R. James is one of the masters of the ghost story, and having a vampire story told to you by Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is obviously a geek thrill.

For the Blood Is the Life (1905) - F. Marion Crawford was a woefully under appreciated writer who wrote some outstanding classic weird stories that have been heavily anthologized. In addition to "For the Blood Is the Life" he also wrote "The Upper Berth," "The Dead Smile" and "The Screaming Skull" which was made into a film in 1958.

An Episode of Cathedral History (1914) - Another M.R. James classic.

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loved this book the collection of stories are engaging and very entertaining the narrators did a wonderful job

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  • Ivie Hill
  • 06-19-22

Short stories delivered well

A taste of gothica...
Really entertaining. Wish they were longer. Delivery of narrators was really good. Leaves you wanting more.

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  • Jonathan O'Dwyer
  • 10-19-22

Good Stories

Some of these supernatural stories I liked some I did not. I enjoyed hearing Anthony Head narrate, he's very good.

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  • Sjm
  • 10-13-22

Hmmmm

Bram Stoker would never be worried by these 4. Not enough substance to them.

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  • Nathan Carr
  • 08-30-22

Narrators bring classic vampire tale to... unlife!

I've heard all these vampire tales before, but this time the excellent narrators really held my attention and I decovered fresh nuances and appreciation for these stories. The Vampire and The Blood Is The Life in particular were brought to new heights. Believe me, I've heard some dire renditions that completely fail to spark my interest. Well done Bill Wallis, Anthony Head, Cornelius Garrett and John Telfer for doing a wonderful job.

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  • Mr. M. Elsy
  • 08-30-22

4 great stories.

4 great and entertaining Vampire stories narrated superbly by Anthony Head, Bill Wallis, Cornelius Garret and John Telfer.

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  • Carol B
  • 01-13-22

Short & Sweet

It's not a bad listen but having listened to a few of these audio's they are sounding a bit the same, but worth a listen narration was good but the music in between the stories was a bit loud, don't know why they play it if you turn it down you can't hear the story so you turn it back up, find it easier to remove the ear-phones.

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  • English Teacher
  • 11-20-21

Short But Sweet

Anthony Stewart Head, aka Giles from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', reads the second story. His work alone is worth the price of admission. Fortunately, the other actors deliver equally worthy performances. Highly recommended.