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The Master of Rampling Gate

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,305 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
"Vook presents a powerful story by the undisputed Queen of Vampire Literature, Anne Rice. The Master of Rampling Gate is a chilling tale of vampiric seduction enhanced by seductive videos about vampires, the black plague, the gothic style, and Anne Rice herself.

Set in the gasslit streets of 1888 London and the wild moors of the countryside beyond, The Master of Rampling Ga
Paperback, 68 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Innovative (first published 1982)
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Aug 15, 2007 Savannah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire fans, rice fans, NON RICE FANS, Those fond of Gothic style stories
This is actually my favorite thing I've read by Anne Rice unless you count the Beauty Trilogy. Even then, the writing here is streamlined from her usual unending babbling (and I'm an Anne Rice FAN) and is thus vastly superior to her other works. I might get some hate for that opinion, but it's true.

Additionally, it is in the style of a good gothic story. I'm talking about the literary movement here, not the people who dress up and listen to Bella Lugosi's Dead (though I'm one of those too) or t
Sep 23, 2016 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read: September 2016

The Master of Rampling Gate is an early Anne Rice novella. It features a vampire, the eponymous 'master' but this story does not take place within The Vampire Chroncles. It is set in Victorian England and is a love story between a human woman and the vampire.

Really this is no more than a 2.5 - 3 star story but the version I read on my kindle featured short videos at the start of each chapter with snippets of an interview with Anne Rice, or with historians giving us little det
Rampling Gates has the presence of a character. Right from the beginning, it's obvious that's what the author was reaching for:

"But I was born in that house, as my father was, and his father before him. You must do it now, Richard. It has no claim on you. Tear it down."

In the first few pages, mrs Rice shows the extent of her experience, everything is set up rapidly, as it should in a short story. You have the overwhelming presence of the site, established by the father first, who observes it has
Kellie Ann
Nov 23, 2012 Kellie Ann rated it really liked it
I was actually very surprised by this book. It was written in the very same fashion that Anne Rice writes all of her literary works (faster pace, smooth flow, and a lot of detail). The main thing that I enjoyed about this story was though there was a lot of detail it did not drag this book out. Many of the reviews i had read previous to reading this were of people complaining about how short it was, however, in my opinion if this was any longer it would have been too dragged out and may have los ...more
Paula Cappa
Jul 07, 2014 Paula Cappa rated it it was amazing
I loved this story for its atmospheric, imaginative qualities, and drama--and of course the Anne Rice flavors we all love. Julie the main character is so loveable and charming and when she and her brother Richard go to their inherited estate, Rampling Gate outside of London, they discover more than a quiet home in the countryside. There is a mysterious intruder. The blind housekeeper is very clear that “No ghost would ever dare to trouble Rampling Gate.” Ha! What about an "unspeakable menace"? T ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror paranormal
Recommended to Angie by: no one
The only complaint I have is that the book is to short. The vampire and the Rampling family could have been developed into a much longer novel. There are6 short videos attached to the book with interviews with Anne rice explaining the reasons why she wrote about vampires. This alone made it worth buying this book. The descriptions of the house, and the brief history of the times was as usual for her books really good.
Jul 21, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
I'm reading a Vook.
Part book, part video, Vook!
Interactive reading was great.
There are not many Vooks available but
try one if you can. I read mine on my
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Dec 23, 2016 Enchantress ☮Debbicat ஐ rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, 2016-reads
Quite enjoyable short story.
May 04, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written.
Teresa White
Mar 04, 2010 Teresa White rated it really liked it
Not a huge fan of short stories, but this one was Imaginative
and a good read.
Luciana Nery
Dec 04, 2016 Luciana Nery rated it did not like it
I had never read anything by Ann Rice, and as this was a short story, gave it a try. Was in the mood for an horror story in a haunted house.

Er, this is just embarrasing. Ultra-romantic and formulaic. I was not expecting deep literature, but then I was not also expecting it to be so dull and unimaginative. Oh well.
Javier Estrada
Mar 20, 2017 Javier Estrada rated it really liked it
"Era la sed, y la promesa de saciarla medida únicamente por la intensidad de esa sed."
Lo he vuelto a leer, después de haber leído hasta el penúltimo libro de las Crónicas. Veo esta obra como un prólogo a las maravillas que se pueden apreciar en la saga. Ya se puede observar ese universo fantástico en el que dominan Lestat y su gente, así como la genial capacidad de Anne para describir lugares y tiempos.
Randy Eberle
Nov 28, 2016 Randy Eberle rated it liked it
Nothing we haven't seen before from Anne Rice...just a much shorter version of it.
Ea Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it it was ok
Remember when Anne Rice wrote vampire stories? Yeah, she wrote twelve books focusing on fey, beautiful, angsty immortals with gothic sensibilities.

But between her first two vampire novels, she also published a short story called "The Master of Rampling Gate" about (surprise!) a fey, beautiful, angsty immortal. It's graced with lush prose, but the dialogue is painfully stilted, the characters are undeveloped, and the romance has as much emotional depth as Twilight. Yes, I went there.

After their d
Feb 11, 2017 Theresa rated it it was amazing
I've never read/seen a vook before, its great!
Oct 08, 2011 Jenni rated it liked it
Recommended to Jenni by: Karen
Read this for my Oct. book club. First time reading Anne Rice. I liked her writing style.

I enjoyed the mixing of old issues (ie black plague) with the modern. As should happen in a short story, Rice wastes no time setting up the premise and the intrigue. I was bitten (get it?... you will after you read it) with interest immediately.

The conflict ( honor Father and moral obligation to him or follow the selfish whims of passion) is predictable. And I did feel that the romance was thin: lacking jus
I was reading somewhere that this book (short story) was originally published in 1991. This surprises me because the book reads differently, almost as if it was an early venture that was revisited. Having said that, "Feast Of All Saints" is perhaps one of her best books and it was written early in her career so what the hell do I know...... It has all the poetic flow or rhythm I expect from Anne Rice but something was missing however I can't put my finger on it. The rich descriptive language is ...more
Dustin Spencer
Jan 11, 2015 Dustin Spencer rated it it was amazing
This story is something I had seen mentioned on website and just through talking to Anne Rice fans in general. I finally good a copy through Vook, which also contained some video snippets of Anne Rice(AWESOME!). I adored this story. I want to re-read this story and make everyone else around me read this story. Its enchanting, even though the usual Anne Rice descriptions aren't as vivid, and the story is shorter than her description of a dinner party in her novel 'Wolves of Midwinter'. This story ...more
Mark Gibbs
Feb 18, 2015 Mark Gibbs rated it it was amazing
A streamlined , standalone short story. I adored this - flashes of the creature at the heart of the novella that reminds me of Lasher - the being able to appear and vanish at will , the loving of the single family through the generations - and some of the tropes of Stoker , the descriptions of the characteristics the creature , all recall Stoker - here we see the seeds of what will become the 'Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches' and it is wonderful to see the early ideas for these so ear ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Rice fans
Shelves: written-reviews
I was not aware that this was a short story (25 pages includes everything, including the "inspiration" chapter and the embedded videos). Not exactly happy spending over $5 for a magazine article, but that's beside the point.

This is a short story in the same style as Anne's Vampire Chronicles, perhaps our introduction to her vampire world. It's very clever and a very brief look into the "life" of a vampire - his infinite lifespan and his transformation into a vampire. I loved the brief look into
Oct 21, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: pn-and-uf
The story, purely English, is typical of Anne Rice's style. She mixes old times and new times. She mixes historical dramatic times (the plague, the Black Death) with modern times. She also gives her vampires a loving and lovable side which makes them indestructible at least for sane human beings who do not see any reason to destroy someone or something in the fact that he or it is slightly different, and even a lot different. Here the trick is that in modern times it is a woman who is mesmerized ...more
Dec 08, 2013 Carla rated it it was amazing
Anne Rice is a master of gothic horror, and that expertise shines through in this delicious Victorian vampire tale. Complete with elements of lust, death, and revival, I was hooked from the beginning and I finished the novella literally in minutes. I enjoyed it so much that I'm inspired to go back and re-read anything I may have missed by Rice, which admittedly isn't much. I was a fan before reading The Master of Rampling Gate, and I'm perhaps even more of a fan now.
Jan 12, 2013 Bridget rated it liked it
Very short story. There were some embedded video features that I didn't have the opportunity to view since my Kindle was not set up to access them. Could have been cool. Besides that this was an hour or so read. Nice as an intro to Anne Rice vampire classics. But after reading her for years this was just not enough for me. I would recommend this to anyone interested in just getting a little taste of Anne Rice' s classic vampire novels. A nice intro or a short read for an hour.
Oct 27, 2011 Patricia rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was my first Anne Rice story. I plan to read Interview with the Vampire for Halloween but haven't gotten to it yet, due to an influx of on-order library books becoming available all at once. I figured I'd read this short story first to whet my appetite for blood gothic vampire stories. I like her style and, even though I'm not a big fan of mythical creatures who feast on the lives of mortals, I am looking forward to meeting the vampire Lestat.
May 23, 2011 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Rice & Vampire Fans
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes &
It’s no big surprise that I loved this short story. Of course I loved it. It’s Anne Rice, and I’m a big fan of hers. It’s not necessary for you to read any of the Vampire Chronicle books because this story has nothing to do with them, even though it seems to have one or two similarities. I didn’t buy into the romance between the two characters however; this still remains to be a super gothic/horror story. Vampire fans should give this dark yet fun read a try.
Feb 20, 2013 Keshena rated it really liked it
I ransacked the internet for this story in high school with no luck, now I have two different anthologies featuring it-it's all about timing! Rice is such a versatile writer. She skillfully combines her signature voluptuous style with that of a Victorian English horror, a'la Sheridan Le Fanu. It's a truly beautiful piece of work.
Mar 19, 2015 Sharla rated it did not like it
While I have read and enjoyed some of Anne Rice's stories, I did not really like this one. The narrative, from the point of view of a young woman, starts out coherent and easy to follow, but when the Master of Rampling Gate shows up and comes to her, the narrative becomes hard to follow. The ending was abrupt and somewhat emotionless. I would not read it again.
Julie Unruh
Apr 11, 2013 Julie Unruh rated it it was amazing
I was going through withdrawal from Anne Rice's vampires, until I found this book, I have never read anything like it or a graphic novel of one of her stories. It was quite good, but if these two vampires, which they don't mention the male vampire's name, but the girl he turns into a vampire is named Julie, and they start the Mayfair estate of born Witches.
Jan 29, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I loved this... Hunted it down for ages but then came across it on Nook... It shows that she wrote this before The Vampire Chronicles (and yes I am a fan of that series) minus the religion that so dogs her later work ( as Dracula in Dracula 2000 says with distaste, Too Catholic...)
Beautifully written... Haunting and seductive... Will be a re read...
Miriam Michalak
Jul 27, 2015 Miriam Michalak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A seductive, gothic vampire tale which has reminded me how much I used to like Anne Rice. It's been an age since I was enthralled by Lestat and the Mayfair witches and I'd forgotten what a good writer Anne Rice is, this short story has given me a reminder and a kick up the arse to go track down the Wolf Gift chronicles, thank you Ms Rice xx
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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