The Riverdale Vampire Collection: Classic and Modern Vampire Stories [NOOK Book]

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THE RIVERDALE VAMPIRE COLLECTION brings together a diverse assortment of vampire tales, ranging from the classics of 19th century horror to the present day. Editor J.T. McDaniel, perhaps best known as the author of World War II submarine novels (Bacalao, With Honour in Battle), notes in the Introduction that "I have loved vampires--fictional ones, at least--ever since I was a kid sitting up after the news on Friday nights watching Ghoulardi mercilessly razz the collection of el-cheapo horror movies that he ran in...
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The Riverdale Vampire Collection: Classic and Modern Vampire Stories

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Overview

THE RIVERDALE VAMPIRE COLLECTION brings together a diverse assortment of vampire tales, ranging from the classics of 19th century horror to the present day. Editor J.T. McDaniel, perhaps best known as the author of World War II submarine novels (Bacalao, With Honour in Battle), notes in the Introduction that "I have loved vampires--fictional ones, at least--ever since I was a kid sitting up after the news on Friday nights watching Ghoulardi mercilessly razz the collection of el-cheapo horror movies that he ran in that time slot." In addition to the introduction and footnotes, McDaniel wrote the final story in the collection, MEMOIR, specifically for this book.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932606287
  • Publisher: Riverdale Electronic Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 308 KB

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    More than just entertaining

    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.

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