By Leonard Wolf

In Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction, Leonard Wolf gathers thirty stories during which vampires of all types make their ghastly presence felt. From Lafcadio Hearn, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, Edith Wharton, August Derleth, and Ray Bradbury to such modern masters as Anne Rice, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Woody Allen, and in settings as diversified as rural New England and outer area, this assortment bargains readers a blood-curling compendium of the easiest vampire fiction because the ebook of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Organized into six categories--The vintage experience story, The Psychic Vampire, The technology Fiction Vampire, The Non-Human Vampire, The comedian Vampire, and The Heroic Vampire--the assortment illustrates how the vampire's skill to attract into itself the sort of richness of symbolic meanings could account for the long-lasting charm of the literature written approximately it. right here, then, is the definitive assortment for aficionados and newbies alike to sink their enamel into.

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Paul how a strange gentleman came one evening in August years back; and how the next morning but one he was found dead, and there was an inquest; and the jury that viewed the body fainted, seven of 'em did, and none of 'em wouldn't speak to what they see, and the verdict was visitation of God; and how the people as kep' the 'ouse moved out that same week, and went away from that part. But they do not, I think, know that any glimmer of light has ever been thrown, or could be thrown, on the mystery.

He had made it that afternoon—a sharp stake shaped from a piece of tough old driftwood. He had it with him now, and he had his heavy pick, and he had taken the lantern down into the grave. I don't think any power on earth could make him speak of what happened then, and the old priest was too frightened to look in. He says he heard Antonio breathing like a wild beast, and moving as if he were fighting with something almost as strong as himself; and he heard an evil sound also, with blows, as of something violently driven through flesh and bone; and then the most awful sound of all—a woman's shriek, the unearthly scream of a woman neither dead nor alive, but buried deep for many days.

His best works are set in the Italy he loved, including Saracinesca (1887), Sant' Ilario (1889), and Don Orsino (1892), part of a series about the effect of social change on an Italian family during the late 1800s. He also wrote many unforgettable short stories, among them "The Upper Berth" (1894), "The Screaming Skull" (1911), and the story reprinted here, "For the Blood Is the Life" (1911). The latter stretches the boundaries of the Classic Adventure Tale by providing a measure of sympathy for its vampire.

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