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Vampire City

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Some tell of a great city of black jasper which has streets and buildings like any other city but is eternally in mourning, enveloped by perpetual gloom. Some call it Selene, some Vampire City, but the vampires refer to it among themselves by the name of the Sepulchre... To destroy the dreaded vampire lord Otto Goetzi, writer Ann Radcliffe, Merry Bones the Irishman, and Gr ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 16th 2003 by Hollywood Comics (first published January 1st 1867)
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Oct 13, 2013 Marissa rated it liked it
Recommended to Marissa by: Stuart
Vampire City is an obscure work of horror-comedy-metafiction written in France circa 1870, and if that description doesn't pique your interest, what are you doing on Goodreads?

Paul Féval imagines Ann Radcliffe, the English Gothic novelist, running away from home on the morning of her wedding day to rescue two of her childhood friends, who have gotten caught up in the schemes of a nefarious vampire. Féval's vampires glow green at nighttime, have their own civilization based in Vampire City, and c
A horror/comedy, supposedly showing events which led Ann Radcliffe to write 'Mysteries of Udolpho'. This is a pre-D(racula) vampire story and as such none of the usual vampire rules apply.
The story is told to the author by a servant, who heard it from Miss Radcliffe. These layers of removal from the actual events make it feel like reading myth or urban legend and allows the reader to easily ignore any errors or contradictions that might arrive in the plot.
You would think that this distance fro
Jun 04, 2012 Stuart rated it really liked it
Paul Feval's almost entirely unknown book (which I only found after researching a random reference in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is a post-modern masterpiece before there was post-modernism. It's like a ridiculous episode of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, crossed with an Ann Radcliffe melodrama, as written with Voltaire's sense of humor. An ensemble cast of delightfully tongue-in-cheek stereotypes go on adventure in Eastern Europe when young Anna's childhood friends are kidnapped by green ...more
Sean O'Hara
Oct 23, 2015 Sean O'Hara rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, french, gothic
When I read Blackcoat Press's edition of Feval's Knightshade, I was severely disappointed that the contents of the story couldn't match the surreal creepiness of the cover, but part of me doubted that any 19th Century author could come up with something that weird. Even Maupassant at his most insane didn't come up with imagery that could match that. But lo, Vampire City, which sports equally bizarre cover art, actually manages to deliver.

The story by itself is weird, featuring Gothic horror nove
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
“Η πόλη των βαμπίρ” γράφτηκε το πολύ-πολύ μακρινό 1875. Ο Feval πριν από αυτήν νομίζω ότι έγραψε δύο ακόμα ιστορίες με βαμπίρ, τις οποίες ωστόσο δεν έχω διαβάσει και δεν έχω άποψη. Επιστρέφοντας στη συγκεκριμένη ωστόσο, θα ομολογήσω ότι ήταν μια ιδιαίτερη εμπειρία. Διότι ήταν στιγμές που ο συγγραφέας κατάφερνε να με κάνει να τρομάξω και να χαμογελάσω ταυτόχρονα! Ολοφάνερα πάντως, αυτή ήταν και η δική του επιδίωξη. Θέλησε να μας δώσει μια σουρεαλιστική ιστορία γοτθικού ύφους, η οποία όμως συνάμα ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Travis rated it liked it
Odd mish-mash of vampire story, gothic melodrama and fantasy.

Very meta, as the gothic writer, Ann Radcliffe is one of the characters in the book. Yet, despite being talked about like she's the hero, she spends the whole book acting like a damsel.

Most of the work, and hero-ing is done by the stereotypical Irish servant of one of the other main characters.

I have the vague feeling this was originally done as a satire, as all the characters are such obvious 'types' from gothic novels, but the suspen
Czarny Pies
Oct 05, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Les fanatiques du genre
Shelves: french-lit
Ajoutez trois étoiles a ma cotte, si votre but est d'étudier la génèse du genre Vampire. Autrement, la valeur de ce roman est à peu près nulle.
La ville vampire meme est un concept bien réussi. Dans les passages ou on visite visite cette macabre nécropole, l'auteur vous livre à une fantasmagorie peu commune. Egalement, Féval donne des attributs très intéresants a ses gouls. Chaque vampire possède un doppelganger dont il ne peut pas se séparer. En plus ses victimes qui se transforment en vampire v
Justin Howe
Feb 04, 2010 Justin Howe rated it really liked it
A terrible book, but a very enjoyable one. Nothing beats 19th century French pulp horror fiction when it comes to crazy. Also interesting as a vampire novel written before Dracula and therefore free to make up much of its mythology.
Jan 25, 2011 Meredith marked it as vampires-early-literature
Shelves: vampires
This review by Justin Howe sparked my interest.

Luz Alam
Jun 03, 2016 Luz Alam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene sus buenos momentos, otros un tanto absurdos (era la idea supongo jajaj), pero me gustó el vampiro y la idea general, si que era algo moderno este señor. Luego habrá reseña en mi canal.
Vicente Viejo Malo
Pues más allá de la sátira "posmoderna antes de lo moderno", me ha gustado especialmente la naturaleza grotesca del vampiro, con sus extraños clones y poderes. ¡Clive Barker, muérete de envidia!
Aug 19, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a book written during the 1850s, this is a surprisingly modern absurdest parody of vampire and gothic fiction. Given the time period, it's a little offensive (the Irish stereotypes were a little off-putting) but saying that, it's still amazing relevant to the gothic/vampire genre. It's a pity then that I don't like such parodies or that it doesn't raise itself above modern pieces.
Carlos Vallejo
Nov 30, 2015 Carlos Vallejo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todo un clásico, imperdible para quien guste de la novela gótica y vampiresca, con sobrenaturalidades más allá de las entre los vampiros clásicos, Goëtzi un vampiro nada ortodoxo, con una personalidad disociada, y un fulgurante verde del que manan las víctimas derrotadas y transformadas, animalescas, e incluso transexualidad....
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Το πρώτο βιβλίο mush-λογοτεχνίας. Αστειεύομαι, φυσικά, αλλά θα μπορούσε. Η Ανν Ράντκλιφ λαμβάνει κάποια γράμματα την παραμονή του γάμου της και ξεκινάει σε ένα βαμπιροφονικό κουέστ acroos the Europe, παρακαλώ. Πολύ βικτωριανό αλλά και πολύ διασκεδαστικό, παρά την ηλικία του.
Dec 03, 2015 Pacmanguai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No se si será la separación temporal, el estilo, la traducción... pero el caso es que ha resultado intragable.
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For works by this author's son, please see: Paul Féval fils.

Paul Henri Corentin Féval, père, (1816-1887) was the author of popular swashbucklers, such as Le Loup Blanc (1843) and the perennial best seller Le Bossu (1857). He also penned the seminal Knightshade, The Vampire Countess and Vampire City. His greatest claim to fame was as one of the fathers of the modern crime thriller. Because of its t
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