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“Sims, editor of this brilliant collection, gathers stories of the undead written during what he loosely terms the Victorian era…. the bloodsuckers presented here are predators who can be turned away only by Christian symbols, garlic, and little else. Do not expect sparkling Twilight vampires or even the good-guy types that sometimes appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. An excellent addition to popular fiction and literature collections.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Dracula’s Guest invokes the dangerous shadows of Victorian culture, those dark places where passion, terror, pathos, and sorrow mingle and merge. Gathering together canonical works along with less familiar knock-out masterpieces, Michael Sims has produced an anthology designed to keep us all up at night.”—Maria Tatar, professor and chair of the program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, author of The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales and Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood
“In this fine new anthology, Michael Sims brings to bear his extensive knowledge of Victorian tales and their tellers on the vampire genre. Despite the title, Sims’s nets have caught fascinating material that pre-dates Dracula and the Victorians. Some will be familiar (excerpts from works by the Abbé Calmet, Lord Byron, John Polidori, and Varney the Vampire, for example), but other authors and stories will be new to many, revealing an unexpected depth and breadth to the thrall of the undead. With a thoughtful introduction to the volume as well as each story, this book belongs in the crypt of every student of the creatures of the night!”—Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Dracula and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes
“Everyone loves a good vampire story, but it takes a true aficionado with an insatiable thirst for knowledge to ferret out the roots of these monsters’ enduring appeal. There is no better guide to the natural history and mythology of the Undead than Michael Sims.”—Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Physics of the Buffyverse and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats
Recommended for anyone who loves older horror stories, especially vampire stories.
The stories included are for the most part very interesting with the majority of them being very short (as in fewer than 20 pages or so).
Michael Sims' collection of vampire tales spans a wide range of authors and styles.
Nothing original. Basically old stories. The stories were very simplistic and not very interesting .Published 27 days ago by beechwoodmanor
A good number of the stories in this anthology brush the level of the literary. "Mystery of the Campagna," for example, seems almost an experiment by Poe or Hawthorne in the genre... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Reeser
I love the original Bram Stoker story, and I have read his short story, Dracula's Guest, which is the last in this collection. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Johnson
If you are into the Gothic you will enjoy this book of short stories. after you read the section on dracula, you decide if the story was the original first chapter of stoker's... Read morePublished 7 months ago by wstous
Michael Sims gives us a fantastic look into the Victorian love of the vampire. Spanning the entire century, Sims has collected the best of the vampire tales, including Sheridan Le... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gothic Readers Book Club
Some very scarey tales. They are well worth the hair-raising experience, if you are into Vampire stories. I enjoyed all of them!Published 18 months ago by fran smith
Here we have a collection of "Victorian Era" vampire stories. Actually, some of the stories are from before or after the reign of Queen Victoria. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Johnny Heering
I wasn't able to complete this book because the first chapters didn't grab my attention. I gave it a 3 star rating because it may actually be a good book if I was just capable of... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Melissa