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The Vampire Archives

The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

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Published by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard/Random House in New York, NY 10019 USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

Here are ruined castles, abbeys and crypts, spires and bats silhouetted against full moons, sharp-toothed men in full evening dress seducing beautiful, innocent young women, coffin lids being raised to reveal unspeakable residents. But the classic vampire of gothic tradition is not the only fiend to stalk the thousand pages of this vast collection. Vampires come in many guises, and all can be found within: reluctant vampires, detective vampires, space vampires, lesbian vampires, punk vampires. There are stories here by men and women from every literary era of the past century and a half, right up to the most talented writers of the present day.

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 BramStroker 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 bestselling 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 eighty 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.

Table of Contents

Contents, 85 stories: Foreword: Kim Newman; Preface: Neil Gaiman; Introduction: Otto Penzler
Good Lady Ducayne / M.E. Braddon; The Last Lords of Gardonal / William Gilbert; A Mystery of the Campagna / Anne Crawford; The Fate of Madame Cabanel / Eliza Lynn Linton; Let Loose / Mary Cholmondeley; The Vampire / Vasile Alecsandri; The Death of Halpin Frayser / Ambrose Bierce; Ken's Mystery / Julian Hawthorne; Carmilla / Sheridan Le Fanu; The Tomb of Sarah / F.G. Loring; Ligeia / Edgar Allan Poe; The Old Portrait / Hume Nisbet; The Vampire Maid / Hume Nisbet.
True stories:
The Sad Story of a Vampire / Eric (Count) Stenbock; A Case of Alleged Vampirism / Luigi Capuana; An Authenticated Vampire Story / Franz Hartmann.
Graveyards, Castles, Churches, Ruins:
Revelations in Black / Carl Jacobi; The Master of Rampling Gate / Anne Rice; The Vampire of Kaldenstein / Frederick Cowles; An Episode of Cathedral History / M.R. James; Schloss Wappenburg / D. ScottMoncrieff; The Hound / H.P. Lovecraft; Bite-Me-Not, or, Fleur de Fur / Tanith Lee; The Horror at Chilton Castle / Joseph Payne Brennan; The Singular Death of Morton / Algernon Blackwood; The Death of Ilalotha / Clark Ashton Smith.
That's Poetic:
The Bride of Corinth / Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; The Giaour / Lord Byron; La Belle Dame sans Merci / John Keats.
Hard times for Vampires:
Place of Meeting / Charles Beaumont; Duty / Ed Gorman; A Week in the Unlife / David J. Schow.
Classic Tales:
Four Wooden Stakes / Victor Roman; The Room in the Tower / E.F. Benson; Mrs. Amworth / E.F. Benson; Doctor Porthos / Basil Copper; For the Blood is Life / F. Marion Crawford; Count Magnus / M.R. James; When it was Moonlight / Manly Wade Wellman; The Drifting Snow / August Derleth; Aylmer Vance and the Vampire / Alice Askew, Claude Askew; Dracula's Guest / Bram Stoker; The Transfer / Algernon Blackwood; The Stone Chamber / H.B. Marriott Watson; The Vampire / Jan Neruda; The End of the Story / Clark Ashton Smith.
Psychic Vampires:
The Lovely Lady / D.H. Lawrence; The Parasite / Arthur Conan Doyle; Lonely Women are the Vessels of Time / Harlan Ellison.
Something Feels Funny:
Blood / Frederic Brown; Popsy / Stephen King; The Werewolf and the Vampire / R. Chetwynd-Hayes; Drink My Red Blood / Richard Matheson; Dayblood / Roger Zelazny.
Replacements / Lisa Tuttle; Princess of Darkness / Frederick Cowles; The Silver Collar / Garry Kilworth; The Old Man's Story / Walter Starkie; Will / Vincent O'Sullivan; Blood-lust / Dion Fortune; The Canal / Everil Worrell; When Gretchen was Human / Mary A. Turzillo.
They Gather:
The Men & Women of Rivendale / Steve Rasnic Tem; Winter Flowers / Tanith Lee; The Man Who Loved the Vampire Lady / Brian Stableford; Midnight Mass / F. Paul Wilson.
Is that a Vampire?:
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire / Arthur Conan Doyle; A Dead Finger / Sabine Baring-Gould; Wailing Well / M.R. James; Human Remains / Clive Barker; The Vampire / Sydney Horler; Stragella / Hugh B. Cave; Marsyas in Flanders / Vernon Lee; The Horla / Guy de Maupassant; The Girl with the Hungry Eyes / Fritz Leiber.
This is War:
The Living Dead / Robert Bloch; Down Among the Dead Men / Gardner Dozois, Jack Dann.
Modern Masters:
Necros / Brian Lumley; The Man Upstairs / Ray Bradbury; Chastel / Manly Wade Wellman; Dracula's Chair / Peter Tremayne; Special / Richard Laymon; Carrion Comfort / Dan Simmons; The Sea was Wet as Wet Could Be / Gahan Wilson;
The Vampire: a bibliography / Daniel Seitler.

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