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Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction Paperback – 28 Jan 1999
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Wolf has put together an interesting mix of vampire tales that would serve as an excellent introduction to the literature. (LIbrary Journal)
Wolf is precisely the person to edit a definitive vampire anthology. He gives Oxford something to be proud of.... (Booklist)
A bedtime book with a bite to it. (Kirkus Reviews)
An intriguing introduction to the vampire subgenre. (Boston Herald)
A satisfyingly creepy overview of literary bloodsuckers. (Toronto Star)
About the Author
Leonard Wolf writes poetry, fiction, social history, and biography. His books include A Dream of Dracula, The Essential Dracula, and the novels The False Messiah and The Glass Mountain.
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Read! Feast! Enjoy!
This one lets you sink your teeth into some quick, sometimes chilling, sometimes humorous, sometimes just plain weird vampire stories. It will also introduce you to some incredible authors, and I bet you'll race to buy more of their works. Wolf breaks down this collection into categories: The Classic Adventure Tale; The Psychological Vampire; The Science Fiction Vampire; The Non-Human Vampire; The Comic Vampire; and The Heroic Vampire. Horror and vampire fans will recognize some of these stories (King's is an excerpt of SALEM'S LOT) from other novels or collections. But this one is a tasty treat (yes, all puns intended) that I found delightful!
There literally is something here to suit every taste. Other reviewers have been kind enough to list individual stories and how the various pieces are organized, so I will not repeat their work. Suffice it to say, even authors you think you know will surprise you.
I read Salem's Lot (the novel) and was not the least bit scared or even impressed, yet Stephen King's short story based on the same novel gave me chills and had me sleeping with the covers over my head. Tanith Lee delivers my favorite story in the anthology with a poignancy and beauty uncommon to the genre, and Anne Rice writes a superb gothic romance with more quality than even her earlier works.
More than the novel, the short story allows the reader of vampire fiction an undiluted taste of each author's true talent that leaves you more scared, more satiated, infected and thirsty for more.