The Penguin Book Of Vampire Stories

Paperback | October 3, 1989

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They're lurking under the cover of darkness and between the covers of this book. Here, in all their horror and all their glory, are the great vampires of literature: male and female, invisible and metamorphic, doomed and daring.

Their skin deathly pale, their nails curved like claws, their fangs sharpened for the attack, they are gathered for the kill and for the chill, brought frighteningly to life by Bram Stoker, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Charles L. Grant, Tanith Lee, and other masters of the macabre. Careful—they are all crafty enough to steal their way into your imagination and steal away your hopes for a restful sleep.

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What is it about vampires that capture our imaginations? Bram Stoker's legendary Victorian character Count Dracula represented his society's repressed sexuality and stifling societal maxims. The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories takes a ghoulish look at this bloodsucking character in all its varied vampiric forms and offers a trove of ho...

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They're lurking under the cover of darkness and between the covers of this book. Here, in all their horror and all their glory, are the great vampires of literature: male and female, invisible and metamorphic, doomed and daring.Their skin deathly pale, their nails curved like claws, their fangs sharpened for the attack, they are gathe...

Alan Ryan has served as a judge for the Film Fantasy Awards and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He regularly contributes to The Washington Post, USA Today, The Smithsonian, and Travel and Leisure, among other publications.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1.3 inPublished:October 3, 1989Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140124454

ISBN - 13:9780140124453

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Vampire StoriesAcknowledgments
Introduction by Alan Ryan

Fragment of a Novel (1816)
George Gordon, Lord Byron

The Vampyre (1819)
John Polidori

Varney the Vampyre, or, the Feast of Blood (excerpt) (1845)
James Malcolm Rymer

The Mysterious Stranger (1860)
Anonymous

Carmilla (1872)
J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Good Lady Ducayne (1896)
Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Dracula's Guest (1897)
Bram Stoker

Luella Miller (1903)
Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman

For the Blood Is the Life (1911)
F. Marion Crawford

The Transfer (1912)
Algernon Blackwood

The Room in the Tower (1912)
E. F. Benson

An Episode of Cathedral History (1919)
M. R. James

A Rendezvous in Averoigne (1931)
Clark Ashton Smith

Shambleau (1933)
C. L. Moore

Revelations in Black (1933)
Carl Jacobi

School for the Unspeakable (1937)
Manly Wade Wellman

The Drifting Snow (1939)
August Derleth

Over the River (1941)
P. Schuyler Miller

The Girl with the Hungry Eyes (1949)
Fritz Leiber

The Mindworm (1950)
C. M. Kornbluth

Drink My Blood (1951)
Richard Matheson

Place of Meeting (1953)
Charles Beaumont

The Living Dead (1967)
Robert Bloch

Pages from a Young Girl's Journal (1975)
Robert Aickman

The Werewolf and the Vampire (1975)
R. Chetwynd-Hayes

Love-Starved (1979)
Charles L. Grant

Cabin 33 (1980)
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Unicorn Tapestry (1980)
Suzy McKee Charnas

Following the Way (1982)
Alan Ryan

The Sunshine Club (1983)
Ramsey Campbell

The Men & Women of Rivendale (1984)
Steve Rasnic Tem

Bite-Me-Not or, Fleur De Feu (1984)
Tanith Lee

Appendix I: Vampire Novels
Appendix II: Vampire Movies

From Our Editors

What is it about vampires that capture our imaginations? Bram Stoker's legendary Victorian character Count Dracula represented his society's repressed sexuality and stifling societal maxims. The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories takes a ghoulish look at this bloodsucking character in all its varied vampiric forms and offers a trove of horrific tales. You'll find 32 stories featuring this frightening creature in all its forms: male, female, alive, undead, on the prowl, in the bedroom, hungry and hedonistic, doomed and despairing, hedonistic and harrowing.