Late Victorian Gothic Tales
Roger Luckhurst - 2005
This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment.
The Many Faces of Van Helsing
Jeanne Cavelos - 2004
Twenty-two masters of horror and fantasy give Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's Dracula, his due as they reimagine the adventures of the greatest foe of the most evil vampire in literary history.
Children of the Night: Classic Vampire Stories
David Stuart Davies - 2007
In this unique collection of vampire stories you will find some of the earliest depictions of these fearful creatures as in John Polidori's 'The Vampyre' and James Malcolm Rymer's 'Varney, the Vampyre', a tale which held readers in thrall when it was first published in the mid-nineteenth century. As well as these rare stories and those featuring the more well known bloodsuckers such as Le Fanu's 'Carmilla' and Stoker's 'Dracula', there is a clutch of lesser known but equally frightening tales written by expert practitioners in the art of raising goose pimples. Children of the Night is a volume filled with the rich blood of chilling vampire fiction.
The Mammoth Book of Dracula
Stephen Jones - 1997
Dracula visits, in these pages, such locales as the Côte d'Azur, the wilds of Oregon, the Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler, communist Eastern Europe, Rome at the dawn of the 21st century (a chilling tale in which he is forced to imitate the Messiah), and the ruins of post-apocalyptic New Jersey. He encounters Bettie Page, Aleister Crowley, Timothy Leary, Lou Reed, and Francis Ford Coppola (with the entire cast and crew of Apocalypse Now, in a hilarious spoof). The authors include such contemporary masters as Kim Newman, Nicholas Royle, Terry Lamsley, Joel Lane, Brian Stableford, and Ramsey Campbell. The book also has a foreword by Bram Stoker's great-nephew, and includes the never-before-published prologue to Stoker's theatrical version of Dracula.CONTENTSIntroduction: I Bid You Welcome by Stephen JonesForeword: Geeat Uncle Bram And Vampires by Daniel FarsonDracula: or The Un-Dead: Prologue by Bram StokerDracula's Library by Christopher FowlerThe Heart of Count Dracula, Descendant of Attila, Scourge of God by Thomas LigottiDaddy's Little Girl by Mandy SlaterConversion by Ramsey CampbellThe Devil Is Not Mocked by Manly Wade WellmanTeaserama by Nancy KilpatrickBlood Freak by Nancy HolderZack Phalanx is Vlad The Impaler by Brian LumleyWhen Greek Meets Greek by Basil CopperCoppola's Dracula by Kim NewmanThe Second Time Around by Hugh B. CaveEndangered Species by Brian MooneyMelancholia by Roberta LannesChildren Of The Long Night by Lisa MortonMbo by Nicholas RoyleThe Worst Place In The World by Paul J. McAuleyLarry's Guest by Guy N. SmithA Taste Of Culture by Jan EdwardsRudolph by R. Chetwynd-HayesRoadkill by Graham MastersonVolunteers by Terry LamsleyBlack Beads by John GordonYour European Son by Joel LaneQuality Control by Brian StablefordDear Alison by Michael Marshall SmithBloodlines by Conrad WilliamsWindows '99 Of The Soul by Chris MorganBlood Of Eden by Mike ChinnThe Last Testament by Brian HodgeThe Last Vampire by Peter CrowtherThe Lord's Work by F. Paul WilsonLord Of The Undead by Jo Fletcher
Three Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, The Vampyre, and a Fragment of a Novel
E.F. Bleiler - 1966
Supernatural thrills, adventure and suspense, colorful settings, and, in the better examples, literary quality are all present. Unfortunately, true Gothic novels (not simply modern detective stories called "Gothic") are extremely rare books, and have never been as available as they should be.The first member in this collection, Horace Walpole's TheCastle of Otranto, published as a Christmas book for 1764, was the first and one of the greatest members of the genre. It has also been one of the most influential books in history. It motivated the Gothic revival in the arts, and it probably did more to usher in the early-19th-century Romanticism than any other single work. It also served as the model in plot, characterizations, settings, and tone for hundreds, perhaps thousands of successors.Vathek, by the eccentric British millionaire William Beckford, is generally considered to be the high point of the Oriental tale in English literature. Certainly no one has ever written (in any European tongue) a story which better unifies the stirrings of Gothic romanticism with the color, poetry, and vivacity of the original Arabian Nights.The third novel in this collection, John Polidor's Vampyre, emerged from the same soirées of ghost-story telling in Geneva that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The first full-length vampire story in English, it initiated a very important literary chain that also leads up to the present. Included with Polidori's novel is Lord Byron's little-known Fragment, from which Polidori (who was Byron's physician in Switzerland) plagiarized his plot.These three novels (and the fragment) are still well worth reading. Generations of readers have found thrills and horrors in Walpole's fine work, while Vathek cannot be excelled in its unusual mixture of the bizarre, cruel irony, and masterful narration. Polidori's thriller still conveys chills, and the Fragment makes us all wish that Byron had completed his novel.
Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders
Doug Murano - 2017
Satisfy your curiosity. Surrender to wonder. Witness as the finest talents of our time bring you tales of the strangeness at the edges of existence.Featuring: Clive Barker, John Langan, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Brian Kirk, Hal Bodner, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Erinn Kemper, John F.D. Taff, Patrick Freivald, Lucy Snyder, Brian Hodge, Kristi DeMeester, Christopher Coake, Sarah Read, and Richard Thomas. With a foreword by Josh Malerman.
Jane Yolen - 1991
You may come across him sheltered in a town's synagogue. You may see her transformed into a bat on her way home from a long night out. You might find him lying in wait beneath a garlic-draped grave. Or, it might be someone you already know...There's something for everyone in this eclectic collection of thirteen original vampire stories -- some funny, some spooky, all ghoulishly good!
Blood Sisters: Vampire Stories by Women
Paula Guran - 2015
Since then, many have reinterpreted the ever-versatile vampire over and over again—and female writers have played vital roles in proving that the vampire, as well as our perpetual fascination with it, is truly immortal. These authors have devised some of the most fascinating, popular, and entertaining of our many vampiric variations: suavely sensual . . . fascinating but fatal . . . sexy and smart . . . undead but prone to detection . . . tormented or terrifying . . . amusing or amoral . . . doomed or deadly . . . badass and beautiful . . . cutting-edge or classic . . .Blood Sisters collects a wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Nancy Holder, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn, and critically acclaimed writers Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Tanith Lee, all of whom have left their indelible and unique stamps on the vampire genre. Whether they are undeniably heroes and heroines or bloodthirsty monsters (or something in between), the undead are a lively lot. This anthology offers some of the best short fiction ever written by the “blood sisters” who know them best: stories you can really sink your teeth into.Introduction: “Welcome to My House! Enter Freely and of Your Own Free Will!” by Paula Guran“A Princess of Spain” by Carrie Vaughn“Shipwrecks Above” by Caitlín R. Kiernan“The Fall of the House of Blackwater” by Freda Warrington“In Memory of …” by Nancy Kilpatrick“Where the Vampires Live” by Storm Constantine“La Dame” by Tanith Lee“Chicago 1927” by Jewelle Gomez“Renewal” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro“Blood Freak” by Nancy Holder“The Power and the Passion” by Pat Cadigan“The Unicorn Tapestry” by Suzy McKee Charnas“This Town Ain’t Big Enough” by Tanya Huff“Vampire King of the Goth Chicks” by Nancy A. Collins“Learning Curve” by Kelley Armstrong“The Better Half” by Melanie Tem“Selling Houses” by Laurell K. Hamilton“Greedy Choke Puppy” by Nalo Hopkinson“Tacky” by Charlaine Harris“Needles” by Elizabeth Bear“From the Teeth of Strange Children” by Lisa L. Hannett“Father Peña’s Last Dance” by Hannah Strom-Martin“Sun Falls” by Angela Slatter“Magdala Amygdala” by Lucy A. Snyder“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black“In the Future When All’s Well” by Catherynne M. Valente
Mercedes M. Yardley - 2012
Boys have wings, monsters fall in love, women fade into nothingness, and the bones of small children snap like twigs. Darkness will surely devour you--but it will be exquisitely lovely while doing so.Mercedes M. Yardley’s Beautiful Sorrows is an ephemeral collection encompassing twenty-seven short tales full of devastation, death, longing, and the shining ribbon of hope that binds them all together.
Arthur Conan Doyle - 2009
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 bestselling 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 twelve 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.
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror
Christopher Golden - 2015
Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.
Théophile Gautier - 2008
In My Fantoms Richard Holmes, the celebrated biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, has found a brilliantly effective new way to bring this great bu too-little-known writer into English. My Fantoms assembles seven stories spanning the whole of Gautier’s career into a unified work that captures the essence of his adventurous life and subtle art. From the erotic awakening of “The Adolescent” through “The Poet,” a piercing recollection of the mad genius Gérard de Nerval, the great friend of Gautier’s youth, My Fantoms celebrates the senses and illuminates the strange disguises of the spirit, while taking readers on a tour of modernity at its most mysterious. ”What ever would the Devil find to do in Paris?” Gautier wonders. “He would meet people just as diabolical as he, and find himself taken for some naïve provincial…”Tapestries, statues, and corpses come to life; young men dream their way into ruin; and Gautier keeps his faith in the power of imagination: “No one is truly dead, until they are no longer loved.”
Evolve 2: Vampire Stories of the Future Undead
Nancy Kilpatrick - 2011
How will the future unfold for both species? Are the undead capable of controlling their urges? Can we resist the desire to stake them through the heart? Will we be the best of friends, or will our sinfully-seductive new neighbors literally have us over for dinner?In this shocking, sometimes amusing, always thought-provoking anthology, 22 of the world’s finest horror and dark fantasy writers reveal the future as they imagine it, moving from this century to the next. Whether vampires help or hinder us, affect or infect us, editor Nancy Kilpatrick is sure you will agree: we definitely have not seen the last of the undead!