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The vampire archives : the most complete volume of vampire tales ever published
Otto Penzler
Adult Fiction VAMPIRE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Penzler's second massive anthology for Black Lizard (following 2007's The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps) collects an astoundingly thorough and enjoyable set of 86 vampire tales, poems and true stories. Classics such as Le Fanu's "Carmilla," Poe's "Ligeia" and Stoker's "Dracula's Guest" are nicely interspersed with lesser-known older and newer works. Fredric Brown's "Blood," an old-school sci-fi short-short, is a hoot, and D.H. Lawrence's "The Lovely Lady" is a witty satire that in many ways harks back to Polidori's "The Vampyre." Other standouts include Lisa Tuttle's "The Replacements," a gothic feminist tale, and Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann's "Down Among the Dead Men," a chilling story set in a Nazi concentration camp. Neil Gaiman's introduction and Daniel Seitler's superb 100-plus-page bibliography of vampire fiction round out the anthology. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Literary interest in vampires never dies. Adams, assistant editor at the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and anthologist (Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse), has assembled a superb mixture of modern vampire tales that range from humor to horror, from poignant to romantic. Neil Gaiman begins the volume with a macabre retelling of the Snow White fairy tale, "Snow, Glass, Apples." Barbara Hambly's "Sunrise on Running Water" is the hilarious story of a vampire who chooses to sail on the unsinkable Titanic. And in the chilling "One for the Road," Stephen King revisits Salem's Lot. Other authors include Kelley Armstrong, Lilith Saintcrow, Carrie Vaughn, Joe Hill, and Brian Stableford. Unfortunately, editor Penzler's compilation disappoints. Owner of New York City's popular Mysterious Bookshop and editor of The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, Penzler gathered 84 stories in a volume of more than 1000 unwieldy pages. Present are well-known, nicely wrought stories like Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest," but missing are significant tales like Suzy McKee Charnas's "The Unicorn Tapestry" and the Saint-Germain stories by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Included is an extensive bibliography of vampire novels and short stories. Verdict Highly recommended for all vampire fiction fans. Only libraries with large horror collections should consider purchase of The Vampire Archives.-Patricia Altner, BiblioInfo.com, Columbia, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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