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on 27 August 2011
This collection is a rarity in several sense, namely: -

1) Unlike similar heavy-named anthologies, this collection actually concentrates on packing a large no. of very good stories (including classics as well as almost unknown stories), from different authors who are very-very famous in their own fields, and thus creates an intense competition among themselves in the mind of the reader by having their differently styled (& themed) works placed side-by-side.
2) Most of the stories are very good, and collectively they cover nearly all kinds of 'vampirical' entities who can prey upon others (I would like to emphasise the 'prey' aspect, to differentiate them from the "Twilight"-sagan entities).

The stories in this collection are:

1. Fragment of a Novel by George Gordon, Lord Byron
2. The Vampyre by John Polidori
3. Varney the Vampyre, or, The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer
4. The Mysterious Stranger by Anonymous
5. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
6. Good Lady Ducayne by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
7. Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
8. Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
9. For the Blood Is the Life by F. Marion Crawford
10. The Transfer by Algernon Blackwood
11. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson
12. An Episode of Cathedral History by M. R. James
13. A Rendezvous in Averoigne by Clark Ashton Smith
14. Shambleau by C. L. Moore
15. Revelations in Black by Carl Jacobi
16. School for the Unspeakable by Manly Wade Wellman
17. The Drifting Snow by August Derleth
18. Over the River by P. Schuyler Miller
19. The Girl with the Hungry Eyes by Fritz Leiber
20. The Mindworm by C. M. Kornbluth
21. Drink My Blood by Richard Matheson
22. Place of Meeting by Charles Beaumont
23. The Living Dead by Robert Bloch
24. Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman
25. The Werewolf and the Vampire by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
26. Love-Starved by Charles L. Grant
27. Cabin 33 by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
28. Unicorn Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
29. Following the Way by Alan Ryan
30. The Sunshine Club by Ramsey Campbell
31. The Men and Women of Rivendale by Steve Rasnic Tem
32. Bite-Me-Not or, Fleur de Feu by Tanith Lee

This list should enable you to appreciate the breadth as well as the depth of this collection, which comprehensively covers the entire gamut of "vampiric" fiction, and in the process brings together some of the most seminal works in the field of horror together in a very-very reasonably priced volume. Recommended.
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on 16 August 2000
I seem to go for gothic when I'm in need of a nice, therapeutic read (Edgar Allan Poe when under stress last summer, that sort of thing) and this does the trick beautifully. Whether you're just looking for a good story to make you shiver, or are interested in the historical progression of the vampire myth and the ways different writers have used it symbolically, it's great fun to read. The stories range from deeply chilling, traditional vampire tales to the ridiculously melodramatic penny-dreadfuls of the 1800s to thoughtful modern sci-fi variations, and don't miss the hilarious account of the new werewolf who meets a rather nice vampire and is taken home to meet her parents...
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on 15 August 2000
This is an excellent collection of vampire stories. There is much variety in the stories ranging from science fiction to classic romance. There are some very famous authors, including Bram Stoker, and some lesser known authors. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every story in this book. I especially liked "Shambleau" - a science fiction vampire story based on the legend of Medusa. A must for all lovers of the vampire legend!
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on 25 February 2015
A hardback copy to replace the original 1987 paperback version which has long-since fallen apart! A favourite anthology of vampire stories, some slightly obscure, others very familiar. Two Centuries of Vampire stories indeed. If "Classic" (i.e. pre-Twilight) vampire stories are your taste, then this is an ideal starter collection, or worth buying for that one story you can't find anywhere else.
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on 18 June 2005
I love this book! It was borrowed out of the library for me a few years ago and i could not put it down.There is such a mixture of funny,scary and sad stories from a variety of writers.'Bite me not' and 'Across the river' are my favourites.READ IT!!!!!!!!!
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on 29 October 2015
Wonderful very imaginative.
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on 24 February 2000
For anyone interested in the horror genre this is an excellent book, and very easy reading.
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