Vampire Stories

Vampire Stories

Book - 2009
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Who would suspect that the same mind that created the most famous literary detective of all time also took on the eternally popular genre of vampires? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a contemporary of Bram Stoker, gave us some fascinating works of vampire fiction. From the bloodsucking plant in "The American's Tale" to the bloodsucking wife in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," he reveled in the horror created by creatures who survived on the blood of men and women.

As the bestselling Twilight series has dominated bookstores, it's the perfect time to offer the first-ever compilation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vampire tales. Get ready to sink your teeth into this heart-stopping anthology. Each of these twelve short stories has been pulled from obscurity and hand selected for this collection. Conan Doyle's famous friendship with vampire king Bram Stoker is thought to have influenced these many blood-sucking tales, including "The Captain of the Pole Star," about a medical student on an arctic voyage haunted by a heat-draining Eskimo vampire and "The Three Gables," in which vampirism is cunningly used as a metaphor for capitalism.

Featuring an introduction by world-renowned vampire expert, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, this is a must-have anthology for all vampire lovers, and for any Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiast.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., 2009.
ISBN: 9781602397972
Characteristics: ix, 271 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 11, 2015

While I would agree with Frybyte's comment that these are not Conan Doyle's very best non-Sherlock writings, I'd urge readers interested in exploring Doyle beyond Sherlock to give him a try. Here's a very good short book on Doyle by Michael Dirda that is a great read itself, and a fine introduction to the man's work:

Jul 11, 2015

The editor(s) of this collection love Sir Conan Doyle and before reading this I thought I did too.
However reading the intro which reminds one of all the kinds of books he wrote and having read some of them I realized 'he's just not that good'.
The 'vampire' definition has been stretched so that the book can exist but really there are few 'undead' in these stories. So FIRST the title of the book is misleading an advertising ploy.
Then SECOND the stories are not very captivating. And lastly reminded me of my latest rereading of some of the Holmes stories (some of which are in this volume) that too often I didn't care about the solution, which really means I didn't care about the mystery.
So Conan Doyle wasn't a hack but also not a great writer, I suspect, unless you are 9-13 years old.

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