Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction

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In Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction, Wolf brings together over two dozen tales in which vampires of all varieties make their ghastly presence felt: male and female, human and non-human, humorous and heroic, all of them kin to the dreadful bat. From Lafcadio Hearn, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and August Derleth to such contemporary masters as Anne Rice, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Woody Allen, and in settings as diverse as rural New England and outer space, this collection offers ...
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Overview

In Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction, Wolf brings together over two dozen tales in which vampires of all varieties make their ghastly presence felt: male and female, human and non-human, humorous and heroic, all of them kin to the dreadful bat. From Lafcadio Hearn, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and August Derleth to such contemporary masters as Anne Rice, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Woody Allen, and in settings as diverse as rural New England and outer space, this collection offers readers a dazzling compendium of vampire stories.
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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788194726
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 379

Meet the Author

Leonard Wolf is a writer of poetry, fiction, social history, and biography. His books include A Dream of Dracula, The Essential Dracula, and The False Messiah.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Story of Chugoro 12
Count Magnus 17
For the Blood Is the Life 28
The Drifting Snow 41
Salem's Lot 51
Luella Miller 68
The Transfer 80
The Girl With the Hungry Eyes 90
Torch Song 103
Bellefleur 117
Shambleau 136
The Hunger 160
I Am Legend 178
Vanishing Breed 188
Unicorn Tapestry 196
A Child of Darkness 245
The Spider 256
Negotium Perambulans 273
The Stainless Steel Leech 285
Bite-Me-Not or, Fleur de Feu 290
Blood 314
Blood Brother 316
Count Dracula 321
Hotel Transylvania 326
The Master of Rampling Gate 337
Good Kids 359
Exposure 371
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