"Weird Vampire Tales" is an anthology of vampire stories from American pulp magazines from as early as the 1920's until the 1950's. The styles and ideas of the stories are quite varied and there are 30 stories in total. Most of which I had never heard of before. Which is suprising considering the number of vampire anthologies I have read and own. In "The man who cast no shadow" a psychic detective is on the hunt for a vampire that has kidnapped a young woman. While in "Placide's wife" workers in the Louisianna bayous have to contend with both vampires and werewolves! And in "Vampire village" two wayward travellers stumble into an entire town of the undead. But these are just some of the intriguing tales in this collection. For die hard horror story collectors such as myself the stories contained in this anthology are: "The man who cast no shadow" by Seabury Quinn, "The wolf woman" by Basset Morgan, "The canal" by Everil Worrel, "A rendezvous in Averoigne" by Clark Ashton Smith, " Placide's wife" by Kirk Mashburn, "The horror from the mound" by Robert E. Howard, "Vampire village" by Edmond Hamilton, "Revelations in black" by Carl Jacobi, "Shambleau" by C. L. Moore, "Return to death" by J. Wesley Rosenquist, "Isle of the undead" by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, "Doom of the house of Duryea" by Earl Pierce Jr, "I, the vampire" by Henry Kuttner, "The silver coffin" by Robert Barbour Johnson, "Cross of fire" by Lester del Rey, "Return of the undead" by Frank Long and Otis Kline, "The antimacassar" by Greye La Spina, "Asylum" by A. E. Van Vogt, "The dark castle" by Marion Brandon, "Stragella" by Hugh B. Cave, "The thirsty dead" by Raymond Whetstone, "Murder brides" by Arthur J. Burks, "The cloak" by Robert Bloch, "When it was moonlight" by Manly Wade Wellman, "Who shall i say is calling?" by August Derleth, "She only goes out at night" by William Tenn, "The mindworm" by Cyril Kornbluth, "Share alike" by Jerome Bixby and Joe E. Dean, "And not quite human" by Joe L. Hensley and "Place of meeting" by Charles Beaumont. While the stories in this anthology are not as famous or well remembered as the classics of the genre I would still highly recommend them. Not only are many of them enjoyable to read but they also help to show how the genre has developed over the years.
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