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Anne Rice's The Master of Rampling Gate: A Graphic Tale of Unspeakable Horror by the Author of 'The Vampire Lestat' Paperback – October, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Innovation Books; 1st edition (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565210093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565210097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

It's lush, and wonderful..
Oliver Covington
I was extremely disappointed as I purchased this not only to read the Story but to Enjoy the Audio/ Video portions as well.
Book Maven
I would not recommend you download this book to a kindle.
Roadrunner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Jayne A. Hitchcock on October 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
A short story that Rice wrote a few years back, this is the first time it's been published in audio
format. It's a lot like something a writer from the 19th century would have written, old-fashioned,
yet oddly compelling.
A woman and her brother inherit an estate when their father dies, but are given a stern order in
his will: Burn Rampling Gate to the ground; destroy it! Curious, the siblings travel to the estate
and instantly fall in love with it. They can't figure out why in the world no one has lived in the
400-year-old mansion except for the housekeeper. They begin to think their father was a bit nuts
when he went on about some unspeakable horror that lived in the house - that was why it needed
to be destroyed.
But neither of them find any horrors and thoroughly enjoy themselves in the mansion and on the
grounds. They can't bear to tear the building down. They even visited the nearby village to ask if
there were any ghost stories or legends associated with the estate and no one has heard of any and
say nothing but good things about the mansion - to the villagers, it's a part of their lives and they
love it as much as the siblings.
Then one night, the sister awakens in the middle of the night after an odd dream. She wanders
downstairs and sees the fire is still going in the drawing room. As she enters, she realizes there is
a man in the chair, and he's not her brother. When he notices her and stands, papers fall from his
hands - a story she was writing. She recognizes him as the horror her father spoke of, the
mysterious thing that haunts the mansion and she screams. He disappears and of course, her
brother think she's as nuts at their father supposedly was.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "gevaudian" on March 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you are an Anne Rice fan this is a must have. Originally signed and numbered up to 850 as well as released on a small scale to comic book retailers. this is also now available for the first time in 11 years on a Book On Tape. This is a short story about a vampire (of course) who dwells in the home of the remaining Rampling family. Mystery and intrigue lead the young Ms. Julie Rampling to this man of darkness who is afraid his home will be torn down. It's a nice tale of Romance and old fashioned Anne Rice. Very rare and a true collector's item who has to read everything by this author.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Loved the book. Glad I found it for less then the price here. 131. used when new it was 6.95???
Do yourself a favor if you are seeking this very hard to find peice by Ms. Rice don't spend so much for it here. It is true it is in limited print and also that it is hard to find, yet I had no trouble purchasing it through another book store, well known and online. I paid Retail price for the book or 6.95
The book fantastic, the price here outragous!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Covington on January 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
As an avid fan of Anne Rice for many many years, I was soo happy when at my comic book store a few years ago i found this story in a graphic novel by Innovation comics.. After I read it I fell in love with her all over again, this is the reason i started reading her in the first place. It's lush, and wonderful.. If you can find the Graphic Novel it is well worth the investment
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By spark4seller on January 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition with Audio/Video Verified Purchase
I purchased this Vook through my Kindle Fire. I was excited to get into the story with the commentaries and videos. As I started reading, I noticed I couldn't play any of the videos. Disappointed, I searched through the forums and read the videos only play on Apple products. If you purchase this Vook through vook.com, you will have to contact Vook for a refund. However, I had purchased mine through Amazon Digital Services and was able to receive a refund after a quick phone call.

As an avid fan of Anne Rice, I plan to purchase this Vook again through my Apple laptop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Dryden on January 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition with Audio/Video
Word count: Approx. 11,500

I recently read The Master of Rampling Gate in an anthology of vampire lore, The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard). I purchased this anthology because of the negative reviews I read here, regarding the Kindle/Vook edition. With over eighty stories by various authors to include Anne Rice, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Ray Bradbury, and more, I'd say it's a better value at $16, than a faulty Kindle edition for $4.

Let me begin by emphasizing the fact that this is a SHORT STORY, written for Redbook Magazine in 1984. As such, people expecting a novel will more than likely be disappointed, as The Master of Rampling Gate is a mere fifteen pages in the aforementioned anthology.

Though the story is short, I enjoyed it. Written with the lush, descriptive prose I've come to expect from Anne Rice, The Master of Rampling Gate was a quick and enjoyable read, which left me hungry for more. The old house put me very much in mind of the house in The Wolf Gift, while the short history within this short story reminded me of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

In summary, I recommend purchasing an anthology of vampire lore as the ideal means to enjoy The Master of Rampling Gate.
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