Thirty-five uncanny and erotic tales of vampires written by supernatural fiction’s greatest mistresses of the macabre.
"Fashions change, and the urbane vampire created by Byron and cemented in place by Stoker has had to move on . . . Are you, like me, ready for the new dusk?" —Ingrid Pitt, from her Introduction
Prepare to arm yourself with garlic, silver bullets, and a stake. Featuring the only vampire short story written by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and boasting an autobiographical introduction and original tale by Ingrid Pitt, the star of Hammer Films' The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this is one anthology that every vampire fan—vampiric feminist or not—will want to drink deep from.
From the classic stories of Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon to modern incarnations by such acclaimed writers as Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Angela Slatter, these blood-drinkers and soul-stealers range from the sexual to the sanguinary, from the tormented Good to the unspeakably Evil. Among those memorable Children of the Night you will encounter are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Byronic vampire Saint-Germain, Nancy A. Collins' undead heroine Sonja Blue, Tanya Huff's vampiric detective Vicki Nelson, and Freda Warrington’s age-old lovers Karl and Charlotte.
Nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award, and now revised and updated, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women fulfils the bloodlust of the somnambulist horror fan, delivering the ultimate bite.
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About the Author
Stephen Jones is the winner of four World Fantasy Awards, three International Horror Guild Awards, five Bram Stoker Awards, twenty-one British Fantasy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. One of Britain’s most acclaimed horror and dark fantasy writers and editors, he has more than 140 books to his credit. He lives in London, England.
Ingrid Pitt was a Polish-British actress best known for her cult horror movie roles with Hammer Film Productions. She was also a writer and author of various articles, columns, and an autobiography Life's a Scream. She died in 2010.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This anthology captured my interest not only because of its theme, but because it contained stories from several of my favorite authors. It turned out to be a mixed bag of tales featuring different versions of vampires, though some were better than the others. I enjoyed the collection as a whole, but the following tales stood out for me: "The Master of Rampling Gate" by Anne Rice, "Homewrecker" by Poppy Z. Brite, "Vampire King of the Goth Chicks" by Nancy A. Collins, "Just His Type" by Storm Constantine, "Prince of Flowers" by Elizabeth Hand, "Services Rendered" by Louise Cooper, "One Among Millions" by Yvonne Navarro, "A Question of Patronage" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, "Turkish Delight" by Roberta Lannes, "Venus Rising on Water" by Tanith Lee, "Lunch at Charon's" by Melanie Tem, "Night Laughter" by Ellen Kushner, "Bootleg" by Christa Faust, "Outfangthief" by Gala Blau, "So Runs the World Away" by Caitlín R. Kiernan, and "Jack" by Connie Willis.
A fair mix of good and bad stories. Mostly good.
This is a good compilation of short stories by many authors. Bear in mind, not all the vampires inside are 'supernatural', or 'romantic'. It can be said that there is a little something for everyone's taste here. Erotic, or ghastly, tortured romantic, or predator, or just plain bizarre. This book will make you think and keep you entertained. Anne Rice has the longest story (about fifty pages), a rare re-print and well worth the price of the whole book. Go on, buy it today.