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Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire… (2010)

de Michael Sims (Editor)

Outros autores: Alice Askew (Contribuinte), Claude Askew (Contribuinte), Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Contribuinte), Lord Byron (Contribuinte), Augustin Calmet (Contribuinte)17 mais, Mary Cholmondeley (Contribuinte), Eric Count Stenbock (Contribuinte), Anne Crawford (Contribuinte), Boyer d'Argens (Contribuinte), Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (Contribuinte), Theophile Gautier (Contribuinte), Emily Gerard (Contribuinte), Augustus Hare (Contribuinte), M.R. James (Contribuinte), F.G. Loring (Contribuinte), Hume Nisbet (Contribuinte), Fitz-James O'Brien (Contribuinte), John Polidori (Contribuinte), James Malcolm Rymer (Contribuinte), Bram Stoker (Contribuinte), Ludwig Tieck (Contribuinte), Aleksei Tolstoy (Contribuinte)

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A treasury of Victorian-era vampire stories includes Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oval Portrait" and Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla," in an anthology complemented by Transylvanian superstitions.
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    The Passage de Justin Cronin (hadden)
    hadden: One of the more recent additions to the vampire stories.
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    Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires de Michael E. Bell (fundevogel)
    fundevogel: Looks into the folkloric tradition of vampires in early America and makes the argument that vampires were often blamed for wasting deaths from tuberculosis which had a way of slowly killing off entire families. It's worth checking out on its own but especially since many of the vampires in Sims' collection seem to be rooted in the mythology examined in Food For the Dead.… (mais)
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I recently picked up this anthology again after a hiatus of three years and finished reading it over a weekend. To be honest I can’t really explain why I had lost interest midway through it the first-time round, because this is a highly readable anthology of vampire tales.

The book’s subtitle – A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories – gives a good indication of what lies buried between its covers. I’m not too sure, however, whether it is helpful to describe the works within as “Victorian”, which suggests that the stories are exclusively by English authors of (more or less) the 19th Century. Although the Victorian era is the main source for the material in this anthology, editor Michael Sims casts his net much wider. He starts, for instance with two accounts of purportedly real-life vampiric manifestations, by 18th Century French authors Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d’Argens and Antoine Augustin Calmet. There follow Lord Byron’s “The End of My Journey” and Polidori’s “The Vampire”, generally considered the prototypes of English vampire fiction. Again, they precede the Victorian era. On the other hand, M.R. James’s classic story “Count Magnus” and Alice and Claude Askew’s “Aylmer Vance and the Vampire” are probably too late to be considered “Victorian”.

Alongside British authors, Sims includes works by Continental (Johann Ludwig Tieck, Gautier, Aleksei Tolstoy) and American (Mary E. Wilkins Freeman) authors. For greater variety, the anthology also features “vampires” of a figurative nature – indeed, whilst all tales feature the supernatural, some of the ‘monsters’ within are not always of the bloodsucking type.

As for this being a “connoisseur’s collection”, I would say that this is a fair description. Editor Michael Sims cannily mixes the familiar with unfamiliar, with works by established authors of horror fiction (Bram Stoker, M.R. James) sitting alongside lesser-known pieces – such as an extract from Emily Gerard’s retellings of Transylvanian lore, which would exert a marked influence on Stoker’s Dracula. This should make this volume attractive both to newcomers to the genre and to more seasoned vampire buffs. A foreword to the collection and a brief biographical introduction to each story completes a captivating anthology.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2019/12/dracula-connoisseurs-collection-victo... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
I recently picked up this anthology again after a hiatus of three years and finished reading it over a weekend. To be honest I can’t really explain why I had lost interest midway through it the first-time round, because this is a highly readable anthology of vampire tales.

The book’s subtitle – A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories – gives a good indication of what lies buried between its covers. I’m not too sure, however, whether it is helpful to describe the works within as “Victorian”, which suggests that the stories are exclusively by English authors of (more or less) the 19th Century. Although the Victorian era is the main source for the material in this anthology, editor Michael Sims casts his net much wider. He starts, for instance with two accounts of purportedly real-life vampiric manifestations, by 18th Century French authors Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d’Argens and Antoine Augustin Calmet. There follow Lord Byron’s “The End of My Journey” and Polidori’s “The Vampire”, generally considered the prototypes of English vampire fiction. Again, they precede the Victorian era. On the other hand, M.R. James’s classic story “Count Magnus” and Alice and Claude Askew’s “Aylmer Vance and the Vampire” are probably too late to be considered “Victorian”.

Alongside British authors, Sims includes works by Continental (Johann Ludwig Tieck, Gautier, Aleksei Tolstoy) and American (Mary E. Wilkins Freeman) authors. For greater variety, the anthology also features “vampires” of a figurative nature – indeed, whilst all tales feature the supernatural, some of the ‘monsters’ within are not always of the bloodsucking type.

As for this being a “connoisseur’s collection”, I would say that this is a fair description. Editor Michael Sims cannily mixes the familiar with unfamiliar, with works by established authors of horror fiction (Bram Stoker, M.R. James) sitting alongside lesser-known pieces – such as an extract from Emily Gerard’s retellings of Transylvanian lore, which would exert a marked influence on Stoker’s Dracula. This should make this volume attractive both to newcomers to the genre and to more seasoned vampire buffs. A foreword to the collection and a brief biographical introduction to each story completes a captivating anthology.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2019/12/dracula-connoisseurs-collection-victo... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Sep 12, 2020 |
This is a collection of Victorian-era vampire stories, with some biographical information about each author by Sims before each one. They vary wildly in quality, from the jaw-dropping "Varney the Vampire" by James Malcolm Rymer (the first of apparently 101 chapters) to Stoker himself. I thought "Dracula's Guest" was okay. It's not quite as interesting to me as either "Dracula" itself or some of the other, earlier stories in the collection.

The collection deliberately excludes some of my favorite stories, like "Das Vampyr" or "Carmilla" (probably my all-time favorite Victorian vampire story), because people are more familiar with them. At least that's what Sims tells us in the introduction.

I really enjoyed "The Mysterious Stranger" by Anonymous, "A Mystery of the Campagna" by Anne Crawford, and "A True Story of a Vampire" by Eric, Count Stenbock the most. There are a fair number of women authors represented here. Some of them wrote under pseudonyms during their lifetime, but not all.

It was pretty fun. More of a book to choose interesting-looking stories from than something to read all the way through in one shot. Kind of like Blood and Roses. ( )
  KarenM61 | Nov 28, 2013 |
This is a collection of Victorian-era vampire stories, with some biographical information about each author by Sims before each one. They vary wildly in quality, from the jaw-dropping "Varney the Vampire" by James Malcolm Rymer (the first of apparently 101 chapters) to Stoker himself. I thought "Dracula's Guest" was okay. It's not quite as interesting to me as either "Dracula" itself or some of the other, earlier stories in the collection.

The collection deliberately excludes some of my favorite stories, like "Das Vampyr" or "Carmilla" (probably my all-time favorite Victorian vampire story), because people are more familiar with them. At least that's what Sims tells us in the introduction.

I really enjoyed "The Mysterious Stranger" by Anonymous, "A Mystery of the Campagna" by Anne Crawford, and "A True Story of a Vampire" by Eric, Count Stenbock the most. There are a fair number of women authors represented here. Some of them wrote under pseudonyms during their lifetime, but not all.

It was pretty fun. More of a book to choose interesting-looking stories from than something to read all the way through in one shot. Kind of like Blood and Roses. ( )
  KarenM61 | Nov 28, 2013 |
This is a collection of Victorian-era vampire stories, with some biographical information about each author by Sims before each one. They vary wildly in quality, from the jaw-dropping "Varney the Vampire" by James Malcolm Rymer (the first of apparently 101 chapters) to Stoker himself. I thought "Dracula's Guest" was okay. It's not quite as interesting to me as either "Dracula" itself or some of the other, earlier stories in the collection.

The collection deliberately excludes some of my favorite stories, like "Das Vampyr" or "Carmilla" (probably my all-time favorite Victorian vampire story), because people are more familiar with them. At least that's what Sims tells us in the introduction.

I really enjoyed "The Mysterious Stranger" by Anonymous, "A Mystery of the Campagna" by Anne Crawford, and "A True Story of a Vampire" by Eric, Count Stenbock the most. There are a fair number of women authors represented here. Some of them wrote under pseudonyms during their lifetime, but not all.

It was pretty fun. More of a book to choose interesting-looking stories from than something to read all the way through in one shot. Kind of like Blood and Roses. ( )
  KarenM61 | Nov 28, 2013 |
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Sims, MichaelEditorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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