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Written in 1860 - almost 40 years before Bram Stoker's Dracula - Knightshade is one of three classic vampire stories (also available from Black Coat Press) penned by Paul Féval, along with Vampire City and The Vampire Countess.
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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Hollywood Comics (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974071145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974071145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Zimmerman on August 30, 2006
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Lovers of literary fantasy and crime novels have reason to celibrate. Science fiction novelist/ anthologist/ translator extroadinaire Brian Stableford has just released his seventh in a series of translations of the works of 19th century French crime and fantasy novelist Paul Feval. I had first heard of Feval as a prolific but minor newspaper novelist, or feuilletonist, laboring in the shadows of Dumas, Hugo, and Eugene Sue. I knew he had published a vampire spoof called "Vampire Village" 25-years before the release of Stoker's "Dracula". Being mildly interested in obtaining a modern copy, I ordered several of Stableford's Feval translations in their attractive Black Coat Press paperback editions. I read "Knightshade" first. Stableford's intelligent and intriguing introduction piqued my interest. Several paragraphs into the translation I realized that Feval was no hack writer. The style was highly literate, polished, and replete with aphorisms and witty observations about the society of the day. Soon I was plunged into the mystery of the Tenebre Brothers. Legend had it that their 400-year old graves in the Great Hungarian Plain periodically opened, once again unleashing the scourge of the deathless brigands Jean the ghoul and Ange the vampire (the "Tall One and the Short One") on the unprepared public. The story of the Tenebre brothers, who have emerged from their graves again and have made their way into France, is told to a group of Parisian dilletantes gathered at a charity event in 1822. It turns out later, when the attendees of the soiree discover that their collection of charitable contributions has been stolen, that the person recounting the story to them was very likely the ghoul Jean Tenebre himself!Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J Terry on September 17, 2011
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When I read a review that compared Knightshade to Manuscript Found in Saragossa, I just had to buy Knightshade. It did not disappoint.

This short novel begins at a charitable-benefit party held by the Archbishop of Paris and attended by the cream of society. At twilight, between a delicious dinner and a fine concert, the guests sit on the lawn and tell each other stories of ghosts, the fantastic, and colorful brigands. The stories that actually appear in this novel are told by a Baron von Altenheimer, together with his brother the Bishop of Hermopolis. The Baron is tall and slender; his brother, short and a little effeminate. The Baron's story concerns the two brothers Ténèbre, an oupire and a vampire (a slight distinction is made), who dwell in two graves in Hungary--part of the time. The rest of the time they travel about Europe under a variety of elaborate concocted identities and wearing costumes, carrying out bold and highly lucrative swindles against the aristocracy. Jean Ténèbre is tall and slender; Ange Ténèbre is short and a little effeminate . . .

The reader will associate the tellers of the tales with their subjects well before the guests at the benefit--where, of course, considerable fine jewelry is worn, and large sums are contributed to the Archbishop's charity. It is easy to see what will happen there . . . but then some of the guests decide to bring the elusive brothers to justice.

I have also read some of Brian Stableford's other French-to-English translations. He is a very fine translator, preserving all the 19th-century flavor of works without their being in the least awkward. This book also contains an extremely informative introduction, afterword, and footnotes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By winternight on July 7, 2009
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If you liked Jan Potocki's "The Saragossa Manuscript," you might be able to make it through this book. One of the best books of this timeframe/genre I've read is The Monk by Lewis, but you can't really compare the two. First of all Knightshade feels heavy and dated and contrived. I found it nearly impossible to care about any of the characters and disapointed by the lack of the supernatural. If you're a fan of the modern vampire novel, you'll find this a boring read, in my opinion.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leandro on September 16, 2011
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With a simple language Feval introduces us in a world where things not always are what they seem to be. Where fiction or fantasy merges with dairy and worldly aspects of life. The reader is sucked into the book like if he was one of the guests to the party held at Conflans Castle where the intrigue, the comedy and things totally out of mind can happen.
An entertainment riding about brigands and oupires.
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