Saturday, October 01, 2016

31 Days of Halloween - Day 1

Vampires, Two Centuries of Great Vampire Stories Edited by Alan Ryan

Themed anthologies are often hit or miss. On the miss side it's usually because of too much similarity between the stories contained together, or simply poor quality stories outnumbering the good stuff. This book is definitely on the hit side. While countless vampire tales have been written, Vampires is a wide ranging survey of quality work published between 1816 and 1984. The book contains some famous early touchstones such as Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu and Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest, but also contains some lesser known works such as the outstanding Cabin 33 by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The quality of the work is high throughout and the range of stories that all qualify as vampire stories is quite diverse. This is a must have book.


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