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    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 Bram Stoker 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 best-selling 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 80 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. 

    Other contributors include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Robert Bloch, and Clive Barker.

    ©2009 Otto Penzler (P)2011 Random House

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    • TB
    • 27/02/2015

    Table of Contents:

    Foreword: Kim Newman
    Preface: Neil Gaiman
    Introduction: Otto Penzler


    PRE-DRACULA

    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. Scott-Moncrieff
    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 the 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 and 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: Fredric Brown
    Popsy: Stephen King
    The Werewolf and the Vampire: R. Chetwynd-Hayes
    Drink My Red Blood: Richard Matheson
    Dayblood: Roger Zelazny

    LOVE . . . FOREVER

    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
    The Story of Chugoro: Lafcadio Hearn

    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 and 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: Compiled by Daniel Seitler

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    • Eva
    • 19/12/2012

    This caught my attention and held it!

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I got this merely for the genre and the length. I am not typically a huge "vampire" fan. Other medias have worn me out with the same old portrayals and analysis of the legend. But it was days long and I figured I would find at least a couple of stories that would be worth hearing. I usually listen on my way to and from work. I have an hour drive each way. I have a 16 year old son who's very socially active, a 4 year old grandson who keeps me running and a full time job. Those things unfortunatly have robbed me of my much loved reading time. That's when I found audible. While it wasn't reading, it did allow me to listen to books and that was better than nothing. When I started this, I started it with the expectation of the same old vampire steals in sucks girls blood may or may not change and or kill her while people chase him to kill him. I couldn't have been more wrong. There are stories here that captured my attention and held it in a way I would have never expected. Everything from the usual vampire tales straight forward in nature. Then there are stories that you have to remind yourself it's a vampire story. Then there are the ones that are so subtle that you find yourself destracted in a way that you'd never expected. I've found so many authors in this archive that I'd over looked, hadn't heard of or frankly never considered my type of author. LOL I guess that lends to the whole book by the cover thing doens't it lol. If you like a good story, if you like straight in your face or a more subtle nuance in a story; this book is for you.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The uniqueness of the stories. From the bold and expected to the unexpected and subtle stories.

    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and so often the narrotor is judged on the story. This is that way as well. If you like the narrator doing one story you may not care so much for them doing a different one. But you will find something you like.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved loved loved Popsy. It's such a simple straight forward story. You find yourself feeling sorry for the child and understanding that in this instance the vampire isn't the "bad guy". The bad guy is the non vampire, the human who would sacrifice a small child for an addiction he can't understand or beat. It moves quite nicely and keeps you interested. There are actually alot of stories like Popsy. It's really hard to say just this one or that one. I think Popsy stands out to me because of the visuals that my mind created with the telling. Plus I have kids and isn't that one of a parents greatest fears?

    Any additional comments?

    This book is truly worth the credits and more. It gave me hours and hours of enjoyment. However more importantly it showed me not to judge a book by the cover, the author by a previous story or a narrator by his last job. If you like supernatural stories, rather you prefer hot blood spashed across your face or that tingle at the base of your neck from something you can't see, I promise you will find more and more in this book to like than you ever thought you could. GET IT NOW! :-)

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    • J. T. Stoltz
    • 23/10/2018

    Table of Contents - revised

    Thanks to reviewer TB for accurately typing out all the chapter and story titles. I have added the audiobook part numbers (it downloads in 8 parts) and track numbers for the beginning of each story. I have begun adding the publication year of each story, and will update this review when I have completed collecting the dates. Enjoy.

    THE VAMPIRE ARCHIVES

    –PART 1–
    1. Foreword— Kim Newman
    Preface— Neil Gaiman
    2. Introduction— Otto Penzler

    PRE-DRACULA
    3. Good Lady Ducayne— M. E. Braddon, 1896
    6. The Last Lords of Gardonal— William Gilbert, 1867
    8. A Mystery of the Campagna— Anne Crawford, 1886
    10. The Fate of Madame Cabanel— Eliza Lynn Linton, 1880
    11. Let Loose— Mary Cholmondeley, 1890
    12. The Vampire— Vasile Alecsandri, 1886
    13. The Death of Halpin Frayser— Ambrose Bierce, 1893
    17. Ken’s Mystery— Julian Hawthorne, 1883
    –PART 2–
    2. Carmilla— Sheridan Le Fanu, 1872
    18. The Tomb of Sarah— F. G. Loring, 1900
    19. Ligeia— Edgar Allan Poe, 1838
    20. The Old Portrait— Hume Nisbet, 1890
    21. The Vampire Maid— Hume Nisbet, 1890

    TRUE STORIES
    22. The Sad Story of a Vampire— Eric (Count) Stenbock, 1894
    23. A Case of Alleged Vampirism— Luigi Capuana, 1907
    24. An Authenticated Vampire Story— Franz Hartmann, 1909

    GRAVEYARDS, CASTLES, CHURCHES, RUINS
    25. Revelations in Black— Carl Jacobi, 1933
    –PART 3–
    2. The Master of Rampling Gate— Anne Rice, 1984
    3. The Vampire of Kaldenstein— Frederick Cowles, 1938
    7. An Episode of Cathedral History— M. R. James, 1914
    8. Schloss Wappenburg— D. Scott-Moncrieff, 1948
    9. The Hound— H. P. Lovecraft, 1924
    10. Bite-Me-Not or, Fleur De Fur— Tanith Lee, 1984
    16. The Horror at Chilton Castle— Joseph Payne Brennan, 1963
    17. The Singular Death of Morton— Algernon Blackwood, 1910
    18. The Death of Ilalotha— Clark Ashton Smith, 1937

    THAT'S POETIC
    19. The Bride of Corinth— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe , 1797
    20. The Giaour— Lord Byron
    21. La Belle Dame Sans Merci— John Keats

    HARD TIMES FOR VAMPIRES
    22. Place of Meeting— Charles Beaumont
    23. Duty— Ed Gorman
    24. A Week in the Unlife— David J. Schow

    CLASSIC TALES
    26. Four Wooden Stakes— Victor Roman, 1925
    27. The Room in the Tower— E. F. Benson, 1912
    –PART 4–
    2. Mrs. Amworth— E. F. Benson, 1923
    3. Doctor Porthos— Basil Copper, 1968
    9. For the Blood Is the Life— F. Marion Crawford, 1905
    10. Count Magnus— M. R. James, 1904
    11. When It Was Moonlight— Manly Wade Wellman, 1940
    12. The Drifting Snow— August Derleth, 1939
    13. Aylmer Vance and the Vampire— Alice and Claude Askew, 1914
    14. Dracula’s Guest— Bram Stoker, 1914
    15. The Transfer— Algernon Blackwood, 1912
    16. The Stone Chamber— H. B. Marriott Watson, 1899
    17. The Vampire— Jan Neruda, 1920
    18. The End of the Story— Clark Ashton Smith, 1930

    –PART 5–
    PSYCHIC VAMPIRES
    2. The Lovely Lady— D. H. Lawrence
    3. The Parasite— Arthur Conan Doyle
    7. Lonely Women Are the Vessels of Time— Harlan Ellison

    SOMETHING FEELS FUNNY
    8. Blood— Fredric Brown
    9. Popsy— Stephen King, 1987
    10. The Werewolf and the Vampire— R. Chetwynd-Hayes
    11. Drink My Red Blood— Richard Matheson
    12. Dayblood— Roger Zelazny

    LOVE... FOREVER
    13. Replacements— Lisa Tuttle
    14. Princess of Darkness— Frederick Cowles
    –PART 6–
    2. The Silver Collar— Garry Kilworth
    3. The Old Man’s Story— Walter Starkie
    4. Will— Vincent O’Sullivan
    6. Blood-Lust— Dion Fortune
    10. The Canal— Everil Worrell
    11. When Gretchen Was Human— Mary A. Turzillo
    12. The Story of Chugoro— Lafcadio Hearn

    THEY GATHER
    13. The Men & Women of Rivendale— Steve Rasnic Tem
    14. Winter Flowers— Tanith Lee
    15. The Man Who Loved the Vampire Lady— Brian Stableford
    16. Midnight Mass— F. Paul Wilson

    –PART 7–
    IS THAT A VAMPIRE?
    2. The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire— Arthur Conan Doyle
    3. A Dead Finger— Sabine Baring-Gould
    7. Wailing Well— M. R. James
    8. Human Remains— Clive Barker
    10. The Vampire— Sydney Horler
    11. Stragella— Hugh B. Cave
    12. Marsyas in Flanders— Vernon Lee
    15. The Horla— Guy De Maupassant
    16. The Girl with the Hungry Eyes— Fritz Leiber

    THIS IS WAR
    17. The Living Dead— Robert Bloch, 1967
    –PART 8–
    2. Down Among the Dead Men— Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann

    MODERN MASTERS
    3. Necros— Brian Lumley
    8. The Man Upstairs— Ray Bradbury
    9. Chastel— Manly Wade Wellman
    10. Dracula’s Chair— Peter Tremayne
    11. Special— Richard Laymon
    12. Carrion Comfort— Dan Simmons
    14. The Sea Was Wet as Wet Could Be— Gahan Wilson, 1967
    The Vampire: A Bibliography— Compiled by Daniel Seitler

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    • JAY
    • 17/04/2013

    GOTTA LOVE THOSE VAMPIRES...

    What made the experience of listening to The Vampire Archives the most enjoyable?

    Most of these stories are REALLY OLD. I love the old vampires... vile odors, dust, crumbling stuff...some of these stories were very creepy, all were fabulous.

    I see some complaints that it is kind of the "same old stories", sorry, if that's how you look at it. For me, it's a collection of classic literature, I love Poe, Lee, Doyle, James...so this is perfect for me.

    I didn't like the few modern ones. For me, modern vampire stories come across as amusing or just stupid. Thankfully, there's only a few here.

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I was very happy with all the narrators, each seemed appropriate for the story to me. I liked that each story was prefaced with a little info and each narrator was named.

    Simon Vance did quite a few, I think he's got the best vampire narration, his almost whisper voice, perfect pauses...for my taste, he's a very frightening narrator.

    Any additional comments?

    Great for fans of old traditional horror. Wonderful for a stormy night, with a candelabra and a glass of red....Oh, "I don't drink...wine."

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    • Kang, D.
    • 18/04/2011

    Fabulous!

    This audiobook contains runs for more than 60 hours. Not every of the story hits, but what does that matter if there is always another one? From poems to short stories to novelettes and covering more than 200 years, there is something here for everybody who likes a good vampire story. The initiated will find something he knows and likes, and the uninitiated will be introduced to something awesome. Definitely worth its two credits.

    The technical quality is very good, and so are most of the narrators. Very little to complain here.

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    • Emil
    • 30/11/2012

    History of the Vampire

    Any additional comments?

    The Vampire Archives will delight you, especially if you're interested in the history of the vampire story.

    This is a very comprehensive compilation that spans across cultures and draws from the perspective of varied writers. I was enchanted by nearly every story and I found the biographical material that precedes each writer's work very engaging and informative.

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    • Dwranny
    • 08/06/2014

    Spectacular Stories Abound

    This is a wonderfully compilation of diverse narrators delivering volumes of picturesque renditions of vampire-themed stories! Each "chapter" is a different story. There are 161 chspters. Each reading distinctly begins with an interesting "snapshot" of information about the author and the story's background. This audiobook is a PRICELESS collection item for those who respect vampire lore and mystery. I love audiobooks and, also, I read. I have added the "Vampire Archives" series of books to my widely assorted personal library.

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    • Mitch
    • 28/08/2013

    Superb Collection, Well Narrated

    I can't say if this IS the most complete volume of vampire stories ever published, but it certainly covers a very broad watershed. When I saw that the stories go back as far as the 19th century, I expected some dull and even downright tedious stories among this collection. Not at all! The stories are all interesting. The range of narrators adds to the interest. This is a really well-done collection of horror stories.

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    • B Kevin
    • 14/08/2016

    Hit or miss

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators helped add life to the even most tedious of the stories.

    Do you think The Vampire Archives needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I really don't think I need to hear another vampire story for a very long time.

    Any additional comments?

    Like most anthologies, this is hit or miss. Some were quite enjoyable, some rather tedious. The older stories were especially trying, probably due to the victorian writing style.

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    • ron
    • 27/12/2011

    loved it

    give it a whirl. I loved it and would recommend to others. my opinion and I am bit strange and think this book is one of the best

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    • Felix
    • 08/06/2014

    Tolle Packung im falschen Format

    "The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published" ist vermutlich genau das, eine Sammlung der bekanntesten und einflussreichsten Vampiergeschichten, von Klassik bis Moderne wird alles bedient und dabei mit etwas Trivia und Hintergrund zwischen den diversen Kurzgeschichten gewürzt.

    Es ist faszinierend, sich diese Werke anzuhören und zu sehen, welche Elemente der des Vampiermythos woher stammen, wie mit der Figur des Vampir experimentiert wurde und man kann dann vielleicht nachvollziehen, woher moderne Interpretationen der Vampirfigur kommen.

    Nur kommt jetzt leider leider der große Makel. Die Sammlung aus Kurzgeschichten und Kommentaren (die im Übrigen auch für Literatur interessierte sehr informativ sind) ist ein 61 Stunden Audio-Klotz. Ohne Impressum oder ähnliches, ist es nahezu unmöglich zu der Kurzgeschichte der Wahl zu springen, sie noch einmal anzuhören usw.

    Hier ist meiner Meinung nach die print Version auf jeden Fall im Vorteil. Könnte man das audible Format vernünftig bearbeiten, würde ich mir für diese Sammlung vermutlich die Mühe machen, sie in einzelne Kapitel je Kurzgeschichte zu zerlegen, um besser das hören zu können, was ich hören möchte.

    Kurzgeschichten sind wunderbar geeignet für zwischendurch, aber in einem 61 Stunden Audio-Jungel immer genau die Kurzgeschichte zu finden bei der ich aufgehört habe, geschweige denn dieselbe Stelle in der Kurzgeschichte ist einfach ein Krampf.

    Wer Lust auf einen zwei-einhalb Tage Vampir Marathon hat, kommt dafür voll auf seine Kosten.

    Ansonsten alles gewohnt hohe Qualität bei Sprechern und Ton.

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