Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction

Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction

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by Leonard Wolf
     
 

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Since the 1897 publication of Dracula by Bram Stoker, the vampire has been one of the most enduring themes of modern lit. In this book, Wolf — scholar of fantastic lit. — brings together over 2 dozen tales that run the gamut of the vampires place in fiction from some of the greatest writers of the past century — Woody Allen, Stephen King, Joyce Carol

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Since the 1897 publication of Dracula by Bram Stoker, the vampire has been one of the most enduring themes of modern lit. In this book, Wolf — scholar of fantastic lit. — brings together over 2 dozen tales that run the gamut of the vampires place in fiction from some of the greatest writers of the past century — Woody Allen, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Rice, Roger Zelazny, & more. Includes classic adventure tales contemporary with Stokers novel, as well as stories highlighting the psychological vampire, the science fiction vampire, the non-human vampire, the humorous vampire, & the heroic vampire. Definitive.

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A roundup of over two dozen vampire tales illustrating the evolution of the genre since Bram Stoker, gathered by Wolf, our tireless annotator of terrorlit (Dracula, p. 372, etc.).

What, Wolf asks, makes vampires so attractive today? He notes in his cogent Introduction that vampire tales draw from the gruesome in mainstream horror, the pulsing eroticism of bodice rippers, the supernatural in sword-and-sorcery. But blood is the primary metaphor, Wolf says, drawing on folk knowledge and traditions from Cain and Abel to Christ and transubstantiation, while the modern blood exchange brings on a kind of sexual dream- bliss beyond the facts of intercourse. Illustrating the classic adventure tale is Wolf's exciting excerpt from Stephen King's only vampire novel, Salem's Lot (1975), with good guy Mark versus a whole townful of bloodsuckers. Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman's "Luella Miller" draws the "psychological vampire" as a thief of energy rather than a blood drinker. The science-fiction vampire in C.L. Moore's "Shambleau" indulges in monstrous, slimy couplings, while the immortal woman in the excerpt from Whitley Streiber's erotically powerful "The Hunger" blesses her victims with lives that last for 200 years. The nonhuman vampire in Hanns Heinz Ewers's "The Spider," a beautiful woman in a window, hypnotizes her victims into the supreme delight of suicide (she is, literally, a spider). The heroic vampire in Anne Rice's "The Master of Rampling Gate" remains invisible except to the heroine. Also on hand: Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and E.F. Benson. And don't miss Woody Allen's "Count Dracula."

A bedtime book with a bite to it.

From the Publisher
"Wolf is precisely the person to edit a definitive vampire anthology. He gives Oxford something to be proud of..."—Booklist

"An intriguing introduction to the vampire subgenre."—Boston Herald

"A satisfyingly creepy overview of literary bloodsuckers."—Toronto Star

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195115932
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Leonard Wolf writes poetry, fiction, social history, and biography. His books include A Dream of Dracula, The Essential Dracula, and the novels The False Messiah and The Glass Mountain.

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