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Bram Stoker’s Dracula, still the most famous of all vampire stories, was first published in 1897. But the bloodsucking Count was not the only member of the undead to bare his fangs in the literature of the period. Late Victorian and Edwardian fiction is full of vampires and this anthology of scary stories introduces modern readers to 15 of them. A travel writer in Sweden u ...more
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Published June 1st 2016 by Oldcastle Books
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Althea Ann
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** Alice & Claude Askew - 'Aylmer Vance and the Vampire'
From the brief bio provided about the authors, my first thought was that their lives would make a fantastic historical novel! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_a...)
However, this 1914 story is wholly by-the-book.
Vance and Dexter are a Holmes and Watson-esque detective pair who specialize in the supernatural. In this story (one of a collection featuring the partners), a young man comes asking for their aid: before he married her, hi
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Lena
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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I wasn't someone who enjoyed Stoker's Dracula so I was hoping this would be different. Let's start off with the good.

I think the first story Aylmer Vance and the Vampire, was the strongest. It has to do with a near extinct Scottish clan known for their violent ways and their dark castle. I could completely see this as a movie and not just because Highlander is a favorite of mine.

The Sumach was also interesting in that I'd never read a story of man killing plant so directly relat
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Lainy
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula, still the most famous of all vampire stories, was first published in 1897. But the bloodsucking Count was not the only member of the undead to bare his fangs in the literature of the period. Late Victorian and Edwardian fiction is full of vampires and this anthology of scary stories introduces modern readers to 15 of them. A travel writer in Sweden unleashes something awful
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Badseedgirl
The Rivals of Dracula: Stories from the Golden Age of Gothic Horror edited by Nick Rennison and published in 2016 by Oldcastle Books suffers from one of the problems many anthologies have and two quite unique problems. But in spite of that I still enjoyed this book overall.
There were 15 stories in this anthology. The strongest ones for me was the first story, “Aylmer Vance and the Vampire” by Alice and Claude Askew, and “The Story of Baelbrow” by E and H Heron (Kate and Hesketh Prichard). The r
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Paula
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for NetGalley.

"The Rivals of Dracula," is an excellent anthology of lesser known late 19th/early 20th century vampire fiction. This book has historical importance and well as being entertaining in its own right. It is refreshing to read early vampire fiction that is not "Dracula" or "Carmilla."

The stories cover a range of vampires, from plants to ghosts. The subject matter and writing novels provide a lot on insight into this period and genre of literature as well as being g
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Daniel
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

I've long known that Bram Stoker's Dracula was not the only vampire story of its day ... simply the best known. But until now, I had never read any of the other, contemporary works. But vampires, and other supernatural spirits were popular grist for the turn of the century writer. As editor Nick Rennison points out in his introduction:
...writers ... made their livings by producing stories for the vast number of weekly and
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H.A. Fowler
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vampire fans, those who enjoy Victorian horror
Okay, first, allow me to confess that one: I have been a sick, twisted little vampire freak since I snuck a big golden hardcover called INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE out of the adult section of the library when I was about 7 (and gobbled it up like… well, insert your own vampire pun here), and it hasn’t abated since. Second: I don’t just adore our modern “hero” smexy awesome vampires (which many say were born from Ms. Rice’s precious pen). I’m an amateur scholar of vampire lore. I love the way the st ...more
Ben
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book Review – The Rivals of Dracula, Stories from the Golden Age of Gothic Horror
Edited by Nick Rennison

No Exit Press – 9781843 446323

7 out of 10

During the Elizabethan age, a lot of writers were working on disturbing stories, designed to appeal to the more lurid aspects of the popular imagination. Using tropes and ideas, that are now familiar from Frankenstein, Dracula, Vampiric lore, Satanic rituals, etc, many of these stories were published as Penny Dreadfuls, designed as cheap entertainment f
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Erica
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Let's start with the good. I really wanted to love this , Dracula is one of my favorite Gothic Horror Novels, so the thought of reading this got me excited for the genre again! There were two really strong stories for this and that alone I would buy this for, or buy the short stories separately.

The bad: I was bored out of my gored with the rest. It took me forever to get through the rest. I would pick it up at night, get excited and cozy, read maybe 2-8 pages and fall asleep. So unfortunately I
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Raymond
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

I didn't know what to expect from this book when I first requested it, other than it contained stories which were contemporary with Bram Stoker's "Dracula". I found the stories interesting and the facts about each author were quite interesting. Compared to today's stories these tales are fairly tame, but seen in a historical context they bring a sense of what literature consisted of around the time of " Dracula's" publishing.
Irene
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
15 short stories, some of which stand the test of time, others of which I can't really say that I cared for.
If you are a fan of horror from a more innocent time, if you recall with fondness watching the old Boris Karloff movies on late night TV these stories may be for you.
I did enjoy "The Sumach" about a mysterious illness and a creepy old tree. "The Vampire of Croglin Grange was also pretty good.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
Violet
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary collection of Victorian age horror stories. I truly enjoyed this collection and see why the readers at this time would have been frightened by these tales. I cannot recommend this book enough and look forward to reading additional collections.
Bradley Scott
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A delightful anthology that would be a joy to explore for any fan of gothic vampire stories.
Lizzy  Walker
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of Stoker's contemporaries.
Nicole Overmoyer
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley
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Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller. His books include Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography, Robin Hood: Myth, History, Culture, The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide and 100 Must-Read Historical Novels. He is a regular reviewer of historical fiction for both The Sunday Times and BBC History Magazine.