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The Master of Rampling Gate

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  905 ratings  ·  43 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 5 of 5 stars
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
Paula Cappa
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
Kellie Ann
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
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
Mar 02, 2014 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Mark Gibbs
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
Dustin Spencer
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
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
Teresa White
Not a huge fan of short stories, but this one was Imaginative
and a good read.
Oct 09, 2011 Jenni rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 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...
Feb 02, 2013 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Dorian Driscoll
While the story is entertaining, I would not have expected to see so many problems in a story so short by an author so experienced:
Adina Nicc
it's such a sweet short story
i call it sweet because it presents the beginning of the romance between Julie and a vampire
i call it short, but in my opinion it has the right length... any longer and it would become just another victorian court romance story
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
laura bramblett

What a disappointment! Wanted a lot more..didn't know this was a 10 minute read. I love ann rice but not worth the money
Tanya A Nance

Loved the Vook book. Lots of information in the videos within each chapter would greatly recommend everyone to get this Vook.
Renee King - Hooks
I have just reread this within the last month. A page turner you can't put down unless you skip to the end - no, I didn't.
Brandon Fryman
Great short story by Anne Rice. It reminds me of both her Vampire series and her new Wolf series.
Quick little read, so it did not ramble on like many Anne Rice books - but there also was not much in the way of developing the story, or the rich descriptions you can do when you have a longer piece.

All in all, not terrible, but it did not particularly engage me, or my imagination.
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.
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.
May 27, 2011 Jimmy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Rice & Vampire Fans
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes &
Shelves: enhanced-ebook
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.
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.
Very quick; basically a short story that I can see her spinning out to a something longer in the future. And I do love anything Anne Rice writes about vamps!
Julie Unruh
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.
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.
Not fantastic, but overall a good short story. I enjoyed reading it and can't complain, it's better than some of Rice's other work, to say the least.
Have been wanting to read this book for years but couldn't get hold of it. finally i found it and it didn't disappoint, short (a magazine story after all) but very sweet indeed blood is the life after all. Would recommend this book to any vampire lover.
I read this for a class i'm taking and enjoyed it . This is the only work by Anne Rice i've read and was pleasantly surprised. I don't think i would have read it if it wasn't for the push that i had gotten from my class.
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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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