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Vampires, those dark children of the night, who rise from their coffins to suck the blood of the living, continue to hold a strange fascination and dread. In this unique collection of vampire stories you will find some of the earliest depictions of these fearful creatures as in John Polidori's 'The Vampyre' and James Malcolm Rymer's 'Varney, the Vampyre', a tale which held Vampires, those dark children of the night, who rise from their coffins to suck the blood of the living, continue to hold a strange fascination and dread. In this unique collection of vampire stories you will find some of the earliest depictions of these fearful creatures as in John Polidori's 'The Vampyre' and James Malcolm Rymer's 'Varney, the Vampyre', a tale which held readers in thrall when it was first published in the mid-nineteenth century. As well as these rare stories and those featuring the more well known bloodsuckers such as Le Fanu's 'Carmilla' and Stoker's 'Dracula', there is a clutch of lesser known but equally frightening tales written by expert practitioners in the art of raising goose pimples. Children of the Night is a volume filled with the rich blood of chilling vampire fiction.


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Vampires, those dark children of the night, who rise from their coffins to suck the blood of the living, continue to hold a strange fascination and dread. In this unique collection of vampire stories you will find some of the earliest depictions of these fearful creatures as in John Polidori's 'The Vampyre' and James Malcolm Rymer's 'Varney, the Vampyre', a tale which held Vampires, those dark children of the night, who rise from their coffins to suck the blood of the living, continue to hold a strange fascination and dread. In this unique collection of vampire stories you will find some of the earliest depictions of these fearful creatures as in John Polidori's 'The Vampyre' and James Malcolm Rymer's 'Varney, the Vampyre', a tale which held readers in thrall when it was first published in the mid-nineteenth century. As well as these rare stories and those featuring the more well known bloodsuckers such as Le Fanu's 'Carmilla' and Stoker's 'Dracula', there is a clutch of lesser known but equally frightening tales written by expert practitioners in the art of raising goose pimples. Children of the Night is a volume filled with the rich blood of chilling vampire fiction.

30 review for Children of the Night: Classic Vampire Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Picked this collection of vampire themed shorts at the weekend. Some I had read previously, such as Le Fanu's classic 'Carmilla', M.R. James' 'An Episode of Cathedral History', de Maupassant's 'The Horla' as well as obvious texts such as the extract from Stoker's 'Dracula' which defines the genre. I have rated individual stories separately where possible. I found it rather conceited - given that this is a collection of 'classic' vampire stories - that the editor decided to include a contemporary s Picked this collection of vampire themed shorts at the weekend. Some I had read previously, such as Le Fanu's classic 'Carmilla', M.R. James' 'An Episode of Cathedral History', de Maupassant's 'The Horla' as well as obvious texts such as the extract from Stoker's 'Dracula' which defines the genre. I have rated individual stories separately where possible. I found it rather conceited - given that this is a collection of 'classic' vampire stories - that the editor decided to include a contemporary story written by himself. It certainly didn't work alongside the rest of the collection and I saw little point including it other than self aggrandizement! This would be a good starting point for people interested in the vampire genre as it does include many classic and key texts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    An anthology of vampire fiction that chronicles the rise of the most popular genre in horror - starting with an early account of a "real-life" encounter in "The Vampire of Croglin Hall". The editor has selected some brilliant lesser known works, alongside traditional vampire canon including Sheridan le Fanu's "Carmilla" and what happens to be my favourite passage of Stoker's "Dracula" in which Jonathan Harker finds himself a prisoner in the Count's castle. Guy de Maupassant's tale "The Horla" an An anthology of vampire fiction that chronicles the rise of the most popular genre in horror - starting with an early account of a "real-life" encounter in "The Vampire of Croglin Hall". The editor has selected some brilliant lesser known works, alongside traditional vampire canon including Sheridan le Fanu's "Carmilla" and what happens to be my favourite passage of Stoker's "Dracula" in which Jonathan Harker finds himself a prisoner in the Count's castle. Guy de Maupassant's tale "The Horla" and "The Curse of the Vourdalak" by Alexis Tolstoy are two stand-out inclusions that I am very glad I came across. This is a comprehensive and enjoyable collection of stories, marred only by the editor's own contribution which was as cheesy as "Varney the Vampire" but without the historical importance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I loved reading this book. All twelve stories were great, although two were long winded. They were Carmilla and An Episode of Cathedral History. Could have shortened both stories. Otherwise a great read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Amazing

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannelore

    Enjoyable collection of stories. Love the inclusion of the stories pre Bram Stoker.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fan Wang

    I give it 4 stars solely for the story Carmilla by Le Fanu. All other stories seem inferior to me. Actually Carmilla alone deserves 5 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    The Vampire, more than any other creature of gothic folklore, has been defined by the fiction written about it. This book contains many of the short stories that were defining moments in Vampire lore. The first to mention staking a vampire, the first female vamp, talk of burying them at a crossroads minus their heads, the first where they shapeshift. For true vampire lovers, this book is a must read. There are a total of 12 tales in this book beginning with the "Vampire of Croglin Hall", and the The Vampire, more than any other creature of gothic folklore, has been defined by the fiction written about it. This book contains many of the short stories that were defining moments in Vampire lore. The first to mention staking a vampire, the first female vamp, talk of burying them at a crossroads minus their heads, the first where they shapeshift. For true vampire lovers, this book is a must read. There are a total of 12 tales in this book beginning with the "Vampire of Croglin Hall", and then moving on to such famous tales as "Varney the Vampyre," "The Curse of the Vourdalack," "Carmilla", and "The Horla." There is even an excerpt from Stoker's "Dracula" titled "Dracula and the Three Brides" which is in my oppinion, one of the most horrific scenes in that illustrious novel. Each of these tales is by a different author, and they range in time from the mid 1800's through Edith Wharton's Bewitched which was written in the 1900's. I am not counting the story of "The Welcome Visitor" which was written by the man who compiled these tales... it is not up to the quality of the other stories that inhabit this fine collection. My personal favorite is "The Curse of the Vourdalak" which I immediately recognized as the foundation for the beginning of almost every modern Vampire tale (you can see it is almost identical to the opening of McCammon's Vampire tale "They Thirst"). I also had a fondness for "Carmilla" which was odd because it was so clear to me what would happen. I could not even imagine the horror readers must have felt reading these stories for the first time back when they were written. In this day and age we have been bombarded by Vampire tales and movies... but the horror that readers must have felt back in the 1800's when they read these for the first time must have been amazing. Each of these stories is deserving of a read by itself, but to have them all compiled together in a single book makes this a must own for any fan of the Vampire legend. You will not find your debonair, suave vampires who woo women with their charms... instead you will find the horror of destroyed villages, children hiding in their beds as beasts lurk through their towns, women wasting away in terror from unknown assailants, men being stalked by invisible beings who drain their life as they sleep. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, this is not it... having been written in the late 1800's through early 1900's, the language will take a bit to sink in. Once it does you will regret that we have long ago lost the beauty of our language.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Luciana

    Para contrabalançar o desgosto causado por Drácula: o morto-vivo, vamos agora pegar Children of the Night, que empresta seu título de uma frase em Drácula - e é essa uma referência muito feliz. Trata-se de uma antologia de histórias clássicas de vampiros – mais que isso até, são contos que ajudaram a definir o gênero e a criatura. Eu já conhecia algumas das histórias, como a sensual Carmilla de Sheridan Le Fanu e As Noivas de Drácula do próprio Stoker, que revela o que aconteceu a Jonathan quando Para contrabalançar o desgosto causado por Drácula: o morto-vivo, vamos agora pegar Children of the Night, que empresta seu título de uma frase em Drácula - e é essa uma referência muito feliz. Trata-se de uma antologia de histórias clássicas de vampiros – mais que isso até, são contos que ajudaram a definir o gênero e a criatura. Eu já conhecia algumas das histórias, como a sensual Carmilla de Sheridan Le Fanu e As Noivas de Drácula do próprio Stoker, que revela o que aconteceu a Jonathan quando esteve prisioneiro no castelo do Conde. Mas há aqui também tesouros de que eu ouvira falar mas não tinha achado ainda para ler – como O Vampiro de Polidori, o médico de Byron, que se diz ser a primeira história de vampiros escrita – e também autores clássicos que eu não imaginava que tivessem se aventurado por esse universo, como Edith Wharton e Tolstoy. Para quem gosta do gênero e da mitologia, os contos dessa antologia são uma leitura obrigatória, sem dúvida alguma!

  9. 4 out of 5

    James

    Part of the Wordsworth Library of Mystery and the Supernatural, this is a nice compendium of shorter pieces of vampire fiction from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. There is nothing really new here, but editor Davies has made some judicious choices that make for diverting reading. The best story in the collection is, of course, Le Fanu's "Carmilla", which is for my money the finest vampire story ever written outside of "Dracula". The biggest and most pleasant surprise is Alexei Tolstoy's "The Part of the Wordsworth Library of Mystery and the Supernatural, this is a nice compendium of shorter pieces of vampire fiction from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. There is nothing really new here, but editor Davies has made some judicious choices that make for diverting reading. The best story in the collection is, of course, Le Fanu's "Carmilla", which is for my money the finest vampire story ever written outside of "Dracula". The biggest and most pleasant surprise is Alexei Tolstoy's "The Curse of the Vourdelaks", which is wonderfully original and creepy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    the vampire of croglin hall: 3/5 they vampyre; a tale: 2/5 the curse of the vourdalak: 5/5 still unread: varney the vampyre; carmilla; for the blood is life; good lady duacayne; an episode of cathedral history; the horla; bewitched; the welcome visitor

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    A collection of short stories and extracts of classic vampire fiction. As a fang-lit afficionado, I have read some of these before but it was good to revisit such well-written tales as Carmilla , The Vampyre and Dracula.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lainy

    collection of short vampire stories

  13. 4 out of 5

    Horror Aficionado

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lamprini

  16. 5 out of 5

    Prabas Gayadeeptha

  17. 4 out of 5

    Moomin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ina

  19. 4 out of 5

    David Kinnaird

  20. 5 out of 5

    L.M. Labat

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fady Mena

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vampyre Groupie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vlad Rimpkin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rodney Talboom

  25. 4 out of 5

    Auntie Terror

  26. 4 out of 5

    nik

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jarreau haughton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erika

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clara Brown

  30. 4 out of 5

    sultan

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