The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories

Author Various
Edited by Alan Ryan
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Paperback
$20.00 US
5.1"W x 7.7"H x 1.4"D  
On sale Oct 03, 1989 | 640 Pages | 978-0-14-012445-3
| Grades 9-12 + AP/IB
The terrifying and definitive collection of Vampire stories from the masters of literary horror

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.
The improbable life story of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) included a peculiarly gothic childhood in Ireland during which he was successively abandoned by his mother, his father and his guardian; two decades in the United States, where he worked as a journalist and was sacked for marrying a former slave; and a long period in Japan, where he married a Japanese woman and wrote about Japanese society and aesthetics for a Western readership. His ghost stories, which were drawn from Japanese folklore and influenced by Buddhist beliefs, appeared in collections throughout the 1890s and 1900s. He is a much celebrated figure in Japan. View titles by Various
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

"The count himself would be well pleased." —Kirkus Reviews

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The terrifying and definitive collection of Vampire stories from the masters of literary horror

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.

Author

The improbable life story of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) included a peculiarly gothic childhood in Ireland during which he was successively abandoned by his mother, his father and his guardian; two decades in the United States, where he worked as a journalist and was sacked for marrying a former slave; and a long period in Japan, where he married a Japanese woman and wrote about Japanese society and aesthetics for a Western readership. His ghost stories, which were drawn from Japanese folklore and influenced by Buddhist beliefs, appeared in collections throughout the 1890s and 1900s. He is a much celebrated figure in Japan. View titles by Various

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

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"The count himself would be well pleased." —Kirkus Reviews

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