By Leonard Wolf
In Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction, Leonard Wolf gathers thirty stories during which vampires of all kinds 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 different as rural New England and outer house, this assortment bargains readers a blood-curling compendium of the simplest vampire fiction because the booklet of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Organized into six categories--The vintage event 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 this kind of richness of symbolic meanings may possibly account for the iconic allure of the literature written approximately it. the following, then, is the definitive assortment for aficionados and rookies alike to sink their tooth into.
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You know these people. They have a physical horror of death. Until the priest spoke, the room had been full of people. The words were hardly out of his mouth before it was empty. It was night now. They hurried down the dark steps and out into the street. Angelo was away, Cristina had not come back—the simple woman servant who had nursed the sick man fled with the rest, and the body was left alone in the flickering light of the earthen oil lamp. F. MARION CRAWFORD 33 Five minutes later two men looked in cautiously and crept forward toward the bed.
There's something in that," I admitted. Holger is the most romantic man in the world inside of himself, but he always thinks it necessary to explain why he feels anything. "I suppose they found the poor girl's body with the box," he said presently. " The moon had risen high by this time; the outline of the Thing on the mound was clearer to our eyes than before. The village very soon settled down to its small, dull life. No one missed old Alario, who had been away so much on his voyages to South America that he had never been a familiar figure in his native place.
One of the several small note-books that have come to me with his papers gives, not a key to, but a kind of inkling of, his experiences. Much of his journey was made by canal-boat, and I find not less than six painful attempts to enumerate and describe his fellow-passengers. The entries are of this kind: 24. Pastor of village in Skane. Usual black coat and soft black hat. 25. Commercial traveler from Stockholm going to Trollhattan. Black cloak, brown hat. 26. Man in long black cloak, broad-leafed hat, very old-fashioned.
Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction by Leonard Wolf