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For the Blood is the Life and Other Stories

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The stories we tell are not limited to monsters and harsh otherworlds. Yet the fiction books in the Borealis imprint certainly belong to a world other than our own. This line encompasses our science fiction, fantasy and horror novels and anthologies.
Published February 1st 1997 by White Wolf Games Studio (first published December 1st 1996)
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Jul 30, 2016 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
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(1905) Previously read; more than once – this is a heavily-anthologized, classic piece!

A classic of vampire fiction; it features a seductive femme fatale whose unrequited love persists beyond the grave. The supernatural elements are mixed in with a story of mundane theft and murder in a small village, with all the expected drama of the Italian setting (as the author puts into his character’s mouth: “Deeds that would be simply brutal and disgusting anywhere else become dramat
Feb 13, 2014 Brucifer rated it really liked it
This is one of the best single-author collections of late 19th/early 20th century ghost stories I've read...and there is a lot of competition from that time period. Apparently Crawford was one of the most popular novelists of his era, but his reputation today rests solely on these 8 stories, all but one originally collected under the title WANDERING GHOSTS in 1911. I can see why these stories have endured: Crawford possesses a matter-of-fact, straightforward, conversational writing style that ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Martha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: classic horror lovers
This is a very good little collection of supernatural tales by a sometimes overlooked writer. Some of the very best classic tales I've read are here, "The Dead Smile" and "The Upper Berth". Other noteworthy tales included are the title story, "The Screaming Skull", and "Man Overboard!". I don't care too much for "The Doll's Ghost", it's a little bit too sickly-sweet.

In all, a recommended collection for readers of classic horror. I enjoyed it very much, and I'm glad I took the time to read more C
Oct 11, 2016 Thabata rated it did not like it
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This story centers in a theft which occurs after the death of a wealthy man. Perhaps it was the manner in which he acquired his fortune that was cursed. His passing results in murder, disappearance, false suspicions, an heir without his due, loneliness, misery and a shroud of mystery. As the figure of a woman appears to haunt the place, the narrator unveils the story as a whole. That’s when a blood lust of a woman unknown to be dead or alive is revealed. In this particular short story, Francis ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Several of the short stories in this book stick with me. They are thought provoking as well as entertaining.
Dec 17, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good book of "old fashioned" ghost stories. I use quotations because the stories date from 1898-1908 or so, but they feel neither old nor stodgy. Fantastic little book.
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Best F. Marion Crawford Horror Tale? 1 1 Mar 03, 2013 09:23AM  
Francis Marion Crawford (1854-1909) was an American writer noted for his many novels. He was born at Bagni di Lucca, Italy. In 1879 he went to India, where he studied Sanskrit and edited the Allahabad Indian Herald. Returning to America he continued to study Sanskrit at Harvard University for a year, contributed to various periodicals, and in 1882 produced his first novel, Mr Isaacs. This book had ...more
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“A cool breeze stirred my hair at that moment, as the night wind began to come down from the hills, but it felt like a breath from another world.” 25 likes
“I have seen an evil thing this night,' he said; 'I have seen how the dead drink the blood of the living. And the blood is the life.” 11 likes
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