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Children of the Night: Classic Vampire Stories

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Vampires, those dark children of the night, who rise from their coffins to suck the blood of the living, continue to hold a strange fascination and dread. In this unique collection of vampire stories you will find some of the earliest depictions of these fearful creatures as in John Polidori's 'The Vampyre' and James Malcolm Rymer's 'Varney, the Vampyre', a tale which held ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 5th 2007 by Wordsworth Editions (first published 2007)
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Jenny
Nov 25, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
An anthology of vampire fiction that chronicles the rise of the most popular genre in horror - starting with an early account of a "real-life" encounter in "The Vampire of Croglin Hall". The editor has selected some brilliant lesser known works, alongside traditional vampire canon including Sheridan le Fanu's "Carmilla" and what happens to be my favourite passage of Stoker's "Dracula" in which Jonathan Harker finds himself a prisoner in the Count's castle. Guy de Maupassant's tale "The Horla" an ...more
Kristen
Nov 08, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, classics
The Vampire, more than any other creature of gothic folklore, has been defined by the fiction written about it. This book contains many of the short stories that were defining moments in Vampire lore. The first to mention staking a vampire, the first female vamp, talk of burying them at a crossroads minus their heads, the first where they shapeshift. For true vampire lovers, this book is a must read.

There are a total of 12 tales in this book beginning with the "Vampire of Croglin Hall", and the
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Luciana Darce
Mar 14, 2014 Luciana Darce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para contrabalançar o desgosto causado por Drácula: o morto-vivo, vamos agora pegar Children of the Night, que empresta seu título de uma frase em Drácula - e é essa uma referência muito feliz. Trata-se de uma antologia de histórias clássicas de vampiros – mais que isso até, são contos que ajudaram a definir o gênero e a criatura.

Eu já conhecia algumas das histórias, como a sensual Carmilla de Sheridan Le Fanu e As Noivas de Drácula do próprio Stoker, que revela o que aconteceu a Jonathan quando
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James
May 06, 2016 James rated it really liked it
Part of the Wordsworth Library of Mystery and the Supernatural, this is a nice compendium of shorter pieces of vampire fiction from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. There is nothing really new here, but editor Davies has made some judicious choices that make for diverting reading. The best story in the collection is, of course, Le Fanu's "Carmilla", which is for my money the finest vampire story ever written outside of "Dracula". The biggest and most pleasant surprise is Alexei Tolstoy's "The ...more
Marina
the vampire of croglin hall: 3/5
they vampyre; a tale: 2/5
the curse of the vourdalak: 5/5

still unread:
varney the vampyre; carmilla; for the blood is life; good lady duacayne; an episode of cathedral history; the horla; bewitched; the welcome visitor
Jo
Sep 11, 2010 Jo rated it liked it
A collection of short stories and extracts of classic vampire fiction. As a fang-lit afficionado, I have read some of these before but it was good to revisit such well-written tales as Carmilla , The Vampyre and Dracula.
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David Stuart Davies was born in 1946. He was a teacher of English before becoming a full-time editor, writer, and playwright. Davies has written extensively about Sherlock Holmes, both fiction and non-fiction. He is the editor of Red Herrings, the monthly in-house publication of the Crime Writers' Association.
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