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Vampires: Encounters With the Undead

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The most wide-ranging collection of vampire tales ever features two centuries of spine-tingling writing, from John Polidori to Robert Block, Alexis Tolstoy to Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Henry Kuttner. Every page of Vampires features a column of commentary by the editor, expanding upon the stories and exploring the evolution of the vampire mystique in folklore, ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal (first published January 1st 2001)
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Fanymoon
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Una gran recopilación de historias de vampiros.
Algunas te producen un estremecimiento y sientes como te va envolviendo la paranoia de los personajes principales.
Es un ejemplar "anotado" ya que David J. Skall hizo una gran recopilación de datos en donde incluye obras de arte, la biografía de los autores, el mundo cinematográfico de los vampiros.
Hay microhistorias que a pesar de ser demasiado oscuras y terroríficas, te invitan a conocer países, ciudades y culturas, así que sientes que viajas por t
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Suvi
Everytime I wanted to get this from the library, someone else already had it. I sometimes forget I'm not the only avid user of libraries :P Anyway, it was well worth the agonising wait. An eclectic collection of short stories with a dash of articles and non-fiction here and there, also including a fascinating "historical evidence" -section. I'm personally more interested in 19th century vampires, so I was pleasantly surprised that the emphasis is on pre-1950s. Someone else may however consider i ...more
Yvonne
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a gem of a book. Skal has compiled a vast array of vampire lore from historical evidence to post modern fiction. The author presents the information in a chronological fashion, which keeps the information neat and tidy. From actual historical accounts to fictional books and film, one thing is certain, our fascination with vampires has endured throughout the centuries. This is a good addition to any library of darkness ;)
Draven
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A wide-ranging, comprehensive anthology. Good chronology to its formatting, with inclusion of important vampire lit "standards". I much preferred the earlier entries myself, as they were more excerpts from novels rather than short stories. Also, they had that old-world Gothic romance macabre that, I as a reader, tend to gravitate towards. Some of the more modern, later entries were more metaphorical, conceptual pieces, that while important to add to give the anthology a fair and complete scope, ...more
Jules
John Polidori's "The Vampyre"; Tolstoy's "The Family of the Vourdalak"; Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla"; Mary Baddon's "Good Lady Ducayne"'; Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest" and Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" are just a few of the gems in this anthology. Not only that but some interesting facts about films and other works of the genre sprinkle the margins of this grand collection. It is fair to say that the Victorians fetishized death and this fixation can be found in mu ...more
Daniel
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
What a delightful collection of research, stories, and vampire thing lists. This was an enjoyable read all throughout -- the seletions made were top-notch, and the time-line approach to the presentation added a fascinating historical context to vampire literature. I highly recommend this compilation!
Alejandra Cruz
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
un magnífico libro para los amantes del género gótico, ya que los relatos seleccionados nos van dando una idea de como ha ido cambiando la figura del vampiro a lo largo de los siglos. Además las notas en los márgenes ayudan mucho a comprender mejor tanto el texto como el momento histórico en qué fue escrito.
Mell
Some interesting stories. The notes don't add much. Many of them are just chronological lists of movie and book titles, or excerpts from other stories. (Why not just include those in the general book . . .?) I've read better anthologies with better intros and notes to the stories.
Teresa
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME....these Black Dog Press books on Zombies, Werewolves & Shapeshifters, and Vampires are really comprehensive!
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David J. Skal became fascinated with monsters at the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when indestructible monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man provided a "nuclear security blanket" for a whole generation of youngsters.

Active as an editor and reporter on his high school newspaper, he was granted a journalism scholarship to Ohio University, Athens, where he earned a bachelor'
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