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The Vampire Tapestry

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Hailed by Stephen King as “scary and suspenseful” and “unputdownable,” and by Peter Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, as “The best vampire novel I have ever read,” The Vampire Tapestry examines the classic monster as a biological, rather than supernatural, predator who awakens from hibernation every few decades needing to relearn human culture.

After years of secret effor
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Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jeffrey Keeten
“The corporeal vampire, if he existed, would be by definition the greatest of all predators, living as he would off the top of the food chain.”

Dr. Edward Weyland, professor of Anthropology, is conducting a sleep study as part of his teaching program. It is very popular with the students, especially those who need the extra cash. They even start wearing t-shirts…Sleep with Weyland. He’s a dream.

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Charnas’s creature Dr. Edward Weyland.

He is irresistible.

”Just look at him, so haggard and preoccupi
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Karl
This is copy 40 of 150 signed and numbered copies signed by Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Baker, Benjamin Mowak, Jeffrey Allan Love
Christopher Buehlman
The Vampire Tapestry is unlike any book I have yet read or expect to read. I owe a debt of thanks to Book People in Austin, Texas, for displaying it prominently above a glowing staff review, thus mining this gem from its relative and wholly undeserved obscurity. Suzy McKee Charnas has gifted us with the most credible vampire in the entire canon, a creature that would be more at home in The Scientific American than Weird Tales. We see Dr. Edward Weyland through the eyes of various satellite chara ...more
Tanja
Aug 28, 2012 Tanja rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So this book is divided into 5 novellas, some with ludicrous names.
I'll review them one by one if I get through them all... There may be mild spoilers...

The ancient mind at work:

Well... The protagonist was really annoying. As other reviewers have noted she has a ridiculous world view. There's a serial rapist loose on campus, her thoughts are: Women with sense don't get raped.
She's South African and has this weird race thing going on, where she randomly trusts black people, but spends a lot of t
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Kate
Feb 04, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
vampires are publishing gold right now, what with the fallout from Twilight, Anita Blake and True Blood. When publishers have a 'vampire Romance' section on their website, you know the purchasing power a literary fad has got to be considerable indeed.

Some folks are ok with chewing through every vampire romance book under the sun in their lust to sake their vamp fixation. If you are one of those people looking for a demon lover/fang banging action, this is NOT the book for you.

The Vampire Tapest
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Jennifer Lane
What an interesting vampire book. I'm not very familiar with the genre (Twilight is my only reference) and The Vampire Tapestry is quite different from the Twilight series. There are five novellas featuring Dr. Edward Lewis Weyland: a tall, suave, gray-haired, slightly stooped vampire. (This book was published in 1980 and due to the name "Edward Lewis" I kept picturing a taller version of Richard Gere from "Pretty Woman"!)

Dr. Weyland scoffs at those who believe vampires have fangs (his method f
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Kitty
Ugh. Got to the part where the main character starts to blame the victim for being raped on campus by saying "no real woman" would let that happen to her and got so disgusted I couldn't finish. This followed by her saying another character was all but a bleeding hippy for wanting to save the ozone layer and then she slips into some weird fantasy right after where she's remembering hunting endangered big cats in Africa during her youth. I think I'll take my vampire novels without Ilsa, She Wolf o ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Our hunt for new series to read is ongoing and often on our blogs, or the podcast we request new titles. We are especially looking for books that are progressive and have good representations of marginalized people. Because all of our blogs are social justice related we have a tendency to trust the recommendations. The following is the recommendation that we received for the Vampire Tapestry


“I also recommend The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas for vampire fiction fans. I read it years ago
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Will Byrnes
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Andrew
Dec 17, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that Ms. Charnas has taken a very clever and new look at the vampire. This isn't at all the Dracula, Anne Rice hero, or any of the brooding young guys on television or the movies. I wasn't immediately engaged in the book, but after a couple of chapters I just gave into the story being told. I accepted the perameters that she had set for her vampire and gave up all other notions. I believe this is what allowed me to become deeply engaged with the book. Her writing is exquisite and t ...more
Steph
The Vampire Tapestry is the type of vampire book I'd find prior to all the PNR/UF books out now.

The books consists of five novellas that run chronologically to form a full length novel when read together. The first three are all written from the POV of three people who cross paths with Dr. Edward Weyland and recognize him for what he is, vampire.

The final story is told from Dr. Weyland’s perspective where he realizes the consequences of living too closely with his prey and the effects it has
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Julie Paugh
Aug 03, 2011 Julie Paugh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Charnas is a capable writer but this book really, really SUCKED. I read about 3/4 of it and I just couldn't bear to read anymore. I can't imagine how anyone could take a vampire and make him so completely and unbearably dull. This vampire didn't even have fangs-he had a probiscus under his tongue and used his tongue to suck blood from arms. The vampire was older and ran a sleep-study program at a university which was profoundly fitting since he put me to sleep every time I tried to read about hi ...more
Christina
Despite the "Scary" endorsement from Stephen King on the front cover, this wasn't, really. And despite the title and the presence of a human-shaped blood-drinker, it really wasn't about vampires. More a stately exploration of questions like, What does it mean to be human? What is Art and why/how does it affect the observer, human or otherwise? What does it mean to be a predator? To have/want/use power?

Oddly, this make me think about The Sparrow, which is really nothing like this except possib
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Wendy Bousfield
Mar 09, 2015 Wendy Bousfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Charnas has written a psychological “What if?” story. She asks: How would a being who lives for centuries and subsists on human blood construct a plausible persona in the 20th century? Charnas also explores the corresponding question: How would the people with whom this alien being comes in contact respond to him psychologically?

During the latter half of the 20th century, the vampire takes the identity of Dr. Weyland, a distinguished professor of anthropology at Cayslin University. Because his
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Elke
Jul 02, 2008 Elke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, vampires, own, review
Another one of those books I purchased years ago and then forgot about... Reading everywhere what a great book this is, I finally picked it up for reading with high hopes. Unfortunately, this book did not meet my expectations, though I really wanted to like it.

The story consists of several episodes in the life of Edward Weyland, Vampire. Dr. Weyland is not your usual vampire, for once missing the expected vampire teeth and instead feeding through a needle-like tube protruding from his tongue. An
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Hind
Mar 29, 2010 Hind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, psycho-analytical thriller

Mythology: No fangs, immortality (inter-spaced between Rip Van Winkle-like states), highly intelligent and adaptable, no special superpowers, needs blood to survive; venom numbs victims, can walk about in daylight.
Bella Scale: -100 Bellas. Dr. Wayland could have James for lunch and probably would intimidate even the Volturi. He’s thoughtful, strong, willful, charming and a survivor to the last. Bella, who?

Written in 1980, this is a history of the vampire, Dr. Ed
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Michael
Nov 04, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically I'd rather give this book 3 1/2 stars, but since that option is unavailable I will settle towards the more promising four stars. The first three quarters of this novel are incredible, particularly part three in which said vampire, Dr. Weyland, becomes acquainted with a therapist. This isn't your typical vampire novel (no sparkly drag queen vamps here, ladies), but works well utilizing a psychological slant. Yes, there are some kills, but they are never gory, and play out more as a ch ...more
Laura Leane
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Kim Kaso
Aug 14, 2015 Kim Kaso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book @ least 3 times, and imagine I will read it again a few more times before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Weyland is, I think, the quintessential vampire. He is other, he is alien, he is the ultimate predator. He is not romantic, emotion plays no part in his existence, he is by no means human, he views humans as sustenance, and he is singular. There is no sentimentality or sympathy in him, he is the ultimate predator and an encounter with him will most often end badly for tho ...more
Yvensong
Feb 21, 2010 Yvensong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charnas has brought us a vampire that is cold and calculating, making for a creepy tale to read. The vampire has no supernatural powers. He is a biologically-driven feeder of human blood. Neither good or evil.

The novel is actually five stories weaved together to form one solid tale filled with suspense, fear, insights, and a touch of empathy -- all which could destroy the vampire and/or the humans he comes in contact with.

I really enjoyed her take on the vampire. There is no bemoaning his fate
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Nichole
Apr 17, 2012 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is on my favorite’s shelf because it is so different from other vampire books.
The main vampire character is an animal not a specter or demon. He’s more or less an unsympathetic predator. I applaud the author to not use fangs on her monster, if anything it’s just nice for a change. Also when you think about it, it’s a better design if you want to remain an anonymous feeding machine.
I definitely appreciated the authors use of intelligent design with her creature.
So if you’re into vamp
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Marie
Jul 12, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this - the novel is broken into five stand-alone sort of novellas, and the first was somewhat the weakest for me, though I liked how it set up the unconventional, unlikeable vampire-hunter.

All five sections deal with a single character - a vampire anthropology professor. He is as far a he knows, the only vampire, ever. The strongest section is “The Unicorn Tapestry” which the book jacket informs me won a nebula on its own as a novella. It is from the point of view
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Kathy Hiester
Nov 28, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas is a fascinating story recounting the life of the vampire Dr. Edward Lewis Weyland. The book reads more like a series of interconnected novellas than a novel but I liked it. The first three sections are told through the points of view of three people who come into contact with Weyland and know that he is a vampire. The last two sections are told from the Weyland’s point of view as he envisages his increasing cognizance of human nature. It's a persuasive ...more
Jennifer D. Munro
I expected to be blown away by this pre-AIDS vampire novel but I was not. The characters too easily believed that this man was a vampire on not much evidence, particularly the therapist. In half a second the characters figure out that he's really a vampire. How much more interesting if the therapist had continued trying to treat a man with "delusions" of being a vampire, all the while not knowing that he really was one. Still, an interesting read, with the beginning sections more compelling than ...more
Marian Allen
Apr 25, 2011 Marian Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that "vampire as another hominid" has been done, but I've never seen it done quite like this before. I'm One Of Those People Who Like Multiple POV, so I loved the "tapestry" method of a set of long short stories told from the points of view of people who come into contact with the vampire and then from the pov OF the vampire.

Really good writing, believable characters, wonderful dialog. Loved it that the question, "Who's the monster here?" wasn't an either/or.

Highly recommended from someo
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Naomi
Jan 23, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent vampire story. No romance, just a bleak look at life on the fringes. It' not really a horror more a look at the human condition, almost all the character's in this book are sad and slightly pathetic. Nicely written.
It probably won't appeal to readers who enjoy urban/paranormal (Twilight ect), but as a long look at people it's pretty good.
Peggy
Aug 13, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No capes. No bats. No fangs. Charnas takes an almost anthropological look at what a predator whose main prey is man might realy be like, and the picture is amazing and haunting and sad.
Dean
I love this book,it never talks down to the reader,and tells the story without being stupid.
It's a must for the lover of the vampire tale.
Just damn well done.
Joshua
Apr 27, 2017 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A compelling take on the vampire novel which rose fairly prominently to some acclaim when it was released back in 1980 and then promptly faded to obscurity.

Allow me to say that I am deeply thankful for Jerad Walters and his Centipede Press, as I never even would have stumbled across this masterpiece without him. And it truly was that, as far as I am concerned. At least within the genre.

Based on the reviews here at Goodreads, this book has not withstood the test of time for many readers. Perhap
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Michel
Aug 30, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kwestie van eens af te wisselen van klassieke vampieren, dacht ik: tijd om eens een klassieker in het genre boven te halen. We spreken hier eind jaren 1970, láng voor vampieren Twilightgewijs helemaal cutesy-poo waren, en even na Interview with the Vampire.

Edward Weyland (niet zijn echte naam) is een roofdier.

Akkoord, hij steekt het goed weg, achter een façade van eruditie en charme, als een vooraanstaand professor antropologie aan een degelijke universiteit, met publicaties en alles erop en era
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Suzy McKee Charnas, a native New Yorker raised and educated in Manhattan, surfaced as an author with WALK TO THE END OF THE WORLD (1974), a no-punches-pulled feminist SF novel and Campbell award finalist. The three further books that sprang from WALK (comprising a futurist, feminist epic about how people make history and create myth) closed in 1999 with THE CONQUEROR’S CHILD, a Tiptree winner (as ...more
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