The Many Faces of Van Helsing

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Twenty-two masters of horror and fantasy give Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's Dracula, his due as they reimagine the adventures of the greatest foe of the most evil vampire in literary history.

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Twenty-two masters of horror and fantasy give Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's Dracula, his due as they reimagine the adventures of the greatest foe of the most evil vampire in literary history.

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Abraham Van Helsing, the archetypal vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula, is "arguably one of the most well-known yet least explored characters in literature," according to Jeanne Cavelos, editor of this brilliant anthology featuring stories about the iconic vampire slayer.

From the wilderness of 19th-century China to the back alleys of 1965 England, with stories that depict Van Helsing from an introspective young boy to an undead monstrosity, the strength of this anthology is in its incredible diversity. The authors vary as much as the story lines; from world-renowned writers like Tanith Lee, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kathe Koja, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch to bevy of talented newcomers, The Many Faces of Van Helsing is arguably the strongest collection of supernatural stories to be released in years.

Notable selections include J. A. Konrath's "The Screaming," a blood-curdling tale about two drug-addicted thieves who decide to rob a haunted mansion. When they enter the house, they hear tortured screams coming from the root cellar and, hoping for someone to victimize, investigate. "Venus and Mars" by Christopher Golden pits a hard-nosed vampire hunter against a nest of underage prostitute vampires and their pedophile hosts in Los Angeles. In Thomas Tessier's "The Infestation at Ralls," Van Helsing must save a private girls' school from a demon unleashed.

Fans of contemporary bloodsucker novels like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake saga should make it a point (no pun intended) to read this excellent anthology. Wooden stake and crucifix not included. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441011704
  • Publisher: Ace Trade
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Cavelos is an editor, writer, scientist, and teacher with an MFA in creative writing. A senior editor at Dell, she launched the Abyss imprint of psychological horror, for which she won the World Fantasy Award.
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Table of Contents

The screaming 1
Poison in the darkness 25
The infestation at Ralls 47
Anna Lee 65
Venus and Mars 71
The power of waking 87
The life imprisoned 97
The tomb of fog and flowers 115
So far from us in all ways 135
Sideshow 159
Hero dust 179
Remember me 197
A letter from the asylum 223
My dear Madame Mina 235
Ardelis 257
Abraham's boys 277
The black wallpaper 297
Brushed in blackest silence 313
Empty morning 335
Fantasy room 349
Origin of species 357
About the contributors 375
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    A wide variety of takes on one mysterious man

    When purchasing this book, I was interested to see so many different author¿s takes on one of the most elusive and interesting characters in vampire fiction. There is a wide range of takes on the character, with a great many centering around one of two women: either his insane wife (the vast majority) or Mina Harker (two or three). This son is also the focal point of quite a few, but by far my favorite story in the entire anthology is the first one, the Screaming by J.A. Knrath. It is a very delicious little tale and highly recommended. A complete list of the stories follows- *** The Screaming by J.A. Knrath *** Poison in the Darkness by Rita Oakes *** Infestation in the Walls by Thomas Tessier *** Anna Lee by Kathe Koja *** Venus and Mars by Christopher Golden *** The Power of Waking by Nina Kiriki Hoffman *** The Life Imprisoned by William D. Carl *** The Tomb of Fog and Flowers by C. Dean Anderson *** So Far From Us in All Ways by Chris Roberson *** Sideshow by Thomas F. Monteleone *** Hero Dust by Kristine Kathryn Rusch *** Remember Me by Tanith Lee *** A Letter From the Asylum by Kris Dikeman *** My Dear Madame Mina by Lois Tilton *** Ardelis by Sarah Kelderman *** Abraham¿s Boys by Joe Hill *** The Black Wallpaper by Kim Antieau *** Brushed in Blackest Silence by Brian Hodge *** Empty Morning by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem *** Fantasy Room by Adam-Troy Castro *** Origin of Species by A.M. Dellamonica Over all, the only thing I didn¿t like is that all the stories are about Van Helsing the man. No adventures, really, and so many of them focus on his wife and child, leaving other ground uncovered. Still for fans of Dracula or anthology lovers, highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    The Many Faces of Van Helsing

    I loved this book, and it is one of my favorites.It has many Writers So It Has Many Different Styles. most of the stories are different but alll involve his encounters with vampires.My favorite story of the book is POISON IN THE DARKNESS by Rita Oaks.I dont recomend this book to kids under 13 in my opinion because there is some mature content . overall this is a great book and I highly reccomend this book to any vampire hunting fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    Excellent antholgy, the way anthologies ought to be!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories in this intriguing book. What a pleasant surprise it should be to many readers to find an anthology like this these days, one that is NOT a shared world series based on a game or TV/Movie media tie-in. As such, this more 'traditional' anthology might at first glance confuse some readers who are not used to having stories in an anthology sometimes contradict one another. But this is just the kind of anthology a great many readers should relish, presenting stories as it does with a variety of viewpoints from a variety of writers, each with a different take on the character created by Bram Stoker in DRACULA over one hundred years ago, Professor Abraham Van Helsing. For example, about all Stoker told us of Van Helsing's private life was that his wife was insane and his son dead. One of the stories in the anthology, 'The Tomb of Fog and Flowers' by C. Dean Andersson, explores that theme and presents Van Helsing's first encounter with a supernatural force, but refreshingly, there are no Vampires and no Dracula present in Andersson's tale, which may surprise some who are aware of his 'first person' Vampire novel, I AM DRACULA. Maybe someone will ask him to now do I AM VAN HELSING! However, other stories in this anthology do deal with events in Dracula, or with different kinds of Vampires. One even presents Van Helsing as a Vampire himself! All in all, I highly recommend this anthology. After all, the editor, Jeanne Cavelos, created and edited the excellent Abyss horror line at Dell Books a few years back, and anyone who read any of the Abyss novels should have a high regard for anything to which the Cavelos name is connected. In other words, I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    A great vampire collection

    Standout stories include Thomas Tessier's 'Infestation at Ralls' Christopher Golden's disturbing 'Venus and Mars', Rita Oaks's 'Poison in the Darkness' and the sci-fi themed 'Origin of the Species' by A.M. Dellamonica. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes visceral, this is a damn good anthology. Vampire fans, and all fans of dark, gothic, and horror fiction, will find something to like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Van Helsing

    I just wanted to say that this book about Van Helsing, is probaly the greatest book i have ever read. So I have three words for everyone, THIS BOOK ROCKS!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    J.A. Konrath is a writer not to be missed!

    The first story by this unknown writer, J.A. Konrath was excellent! I can't stop thinking about how creepy it is. I also understand he'll have his own book out in May or June, Whiskey Sour, and I can assure you I will be purchasing it to see what else this Konrath can do!

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