TRACE BACK THE ORIGIN OF VAMPIRE LITERATURE IN EIGHT CLASSIC STORIES – CHOSEN FOR THEIR IMPACT AND IMPORTANCE
DISCOVER THE INSPIRATION BEHIND TODAY’S TWILIGHT AND TRUE BLOOD IN THIS GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THE EARLIEST VAMPIRE STORIES
A COLLECTION OF ESSENTIAL STORIES BY WRITERS INCLUDING BRAM STOKER, SHERIDAN LE FANU, E. F. BENSON AND ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Today, more than ever, we are fascinated by blood-sucking creatures of the night but tales of vampires have intrigued and terrified people long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This book traces literature back to the first vampires and gives us a collection of short stories that have frightened readers for generations.
This selection includes a range of tales that introduce some essential classics of the genre. Included is John Polidor’s The Vampyre, supposedly based on the life and legend of Lord Byron and written by his physician. Also featured is Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, the novella that inspired Dracula and provoked a scandal with its lesbian vampire undertones. This collection also includes ‘Dracula’s Guest’, a short story by Bram Stoker, which is now believed by scholars to be the original first chapter of his novel Dracula, excised from the manuscript by the publisher. These early vampire stories are a must-read for anyone wanting to read beyond Stephanie Myer’s Twilight series.
The collection also features an unusual Sherlock Holmes short story by Arthur Conan Doyle about the detective’s encounter with a vampire as well as a classic piece by E. F. Benson, renowned master of supernatural stories and a tale by one of the founders of the Romantic movement, Johann Ludwig Tieck.
Presented in an elegant collection, this is a vital addition to today’s current vampire craze; especially anyone intrigued by the inspiration behind it.
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Available now – Hardback – RRP £10.99