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The classic stories include what is generally considered the oldest of popular vampire stories, John Polidori's THE VAMPYRE, the germ of which was generated at the same Swiss lakeside gathering that resulted in Mary Shelly's FRANKENSTEIN. Also included is J. Sheridan LeFanu's classic lesbian vampire novella, CARMILLA, and Honore de Balzac's THE SUCCUBUS, which is a rather odd tale indeed.
Other modern stories consist of three contributions by Jacob Thomson, THE PREDATOR, examining an encounter with a serial killer on the streets of a large American city; CASTLE GROSSHELM, wherein German prisoners of war, forced into slave labor by their Soviet captors, make an unexpected discovery while digging for treasure in the ruins of a Romanian castle; and two chapters excerpted from Thomson's 2001 vampire/police procedural/erotic novel, THE ALUKAM.
Posted April 7, 2011
This collection of vampire stories opens up with some of the most influential stories of the 19th century. See the origins of Lord Ruthven and Carmilla for yourselves. This book follows vampires from the stories that increased their popularities to up to date stories that show just how much they have evolved. If you are a fan of gothic horrors, then this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.