Vampire Stories

Vampire Stories

by Arthur Conan Doyle
     
 

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Who would suspect that the same mind that created the most famous literary detective of all time also took on the eternally popular genre of vampires? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a contemporary of Bram Stoker, gave us some fascinating works of vampire fiction. From the bloodsucking plant in “The American’s Tale” to the bloodsucking wife in “The

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Who would suspect that the same mind that created the most famous literary detective of all time also took on the eternally popular genre of vampires? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a contemporary of Bram Stoker, gave us some fascinating works of vampire fiction. From the bloodsucking plant in “The American’s Tale” to the bloodsucking wife in “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire,” he reveled in the horror created by creatures who survived on the blood of men and women.

As the bestselling Twilight series has dominated bookstores, it’s the perfect time to offer the first-ever compilation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s vampire tales. Get ready to sink your teeth into this heart-stopping anthology. Each of these twelve short stories has been pulled from obscurity and hand selected for this collection. Conan Doyle’s famous friendship with vampire king Bram Stoker is thought to have influenced these many blood-sucking tales, including “The Captain of the Pole Star,” about a medical student on an arctic voyage haunted by a heat-draining Eskimo vampire and “The Three Gables,” in which vampirism is cunningly used as a metaphor for capitalism.

Featuring an introduction by world-renowned vampire expert, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, this is a must-have anthology for all vampire lovers, and for any Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiast.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
[R]eaders who know Conan Doyle to be an engaging writer, regardless of genre, will thoroughly enjoy these imaginative, eerie, and fantastic tales that explore vampirism from a variety of angles.— David Pitt
Booklist - David Pitt
“[R]eaders who know Conan Doyle to be an engaging writer, regardless of genre, will thoroughly enjoy these imaginative, eerie, and fantastic tales that explore vampirism from a variety of angles.”
David Pitt - Booklist
“[R]eaders who know Conan Doyle to be an engaging writer, regardless of genre, will thoroughly enjoy these imaginative, eerie, and fantastic tales that explore vampirism from a variety of angles.”
Publishers Weekly
Editor Robert Eighteen-Bisang compiles a slim collection of Conan Doyle's supernatural tales, but fails to make the case that they are all really vampire stories. “The Ring of Thoth,” which features a mummy, is a particularly poor fit. While the Sherlock Holmes classic “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire” is an obvious candidate for inclusion, the two other Holmes stories, “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client” and “The Adventure of the Three Gables,” are a stretch. Suspicions that the editor's reach exceeded his grasp are bolstered by the inclusion of an original pastiche by Bill Crider, introducing both Bram Stoker and Abraham Van Helsing to Baker Street, in a volume ostensibly featuring only Doyle's own, superior short fiction. Only completists are likely to add this to their collections. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602397972
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
926,899
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is most noted for his Sherlock Holmes detective stories. He was a prolific writer whose other works include a wide range of science fiction stories, historical novels, romances, poetry, and nonfiction.

Robert Eighteen-Bisang is an expert on vampire literature and is best-known as the owner of the world’s largest collection of rare vampire books. He is the recipient of the Lord Ruthven Award for Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula.
He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Martin H. Greenberg Martin H. Greenberg has been called “the best anthologist since Ellery Queen.” He’s the most prolific anthologist in publishing history and recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for life achievement in editing from the Mystery Guild of America. He is also one of the editors of Sherlock Holmes in America and Vampire Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 22, 1859
Date of Death:
July 7, 1930
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Crowborough, Sussex, England
Education:
Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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