Dracula's guest : a connoisseur's collection of Victorian vampire stories

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Summary

Before Twilight and True Blood , even before Buffy and Anne Rice and Bela Lugosi, vampires haunted the nineteenth century, when brilliant writers everywhere indulged their bloodthirsty imaginations, culminating in Bram Stoker's legendary 1897 novel, Dracula .


Michael Sims brings together the very best vampire stories of the Victorian era-from England, America, France, Germany, Transylvania, and even Japan-into a unique collection that highlights their cultural variety. Beginning with the supposedly true accounts that captivated Byron and Shelley, the stories range from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oval Portrait" and Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" to Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla" and Mary Elizabeth Braddon's "Good Lady Ducayne." Sims also includes a nineteenth-century travel tour of Transylvanian superstitions, and rounds out the collection with Stoker's own "Dracula's Guest"-a chapter omitted from his landmark novel.


Vampires captivated the Victorians, as Sims reveals in his insightful introduction: In 1867, Karl Marx described capitalism as "dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor"; while in 1888 a London newspaper invoked vampires in trying to explain Jack the Ripper's predations. At a time when vampires have been re-created in a modern context, Dracula's Guest will remind readers young, old, and in between of why the undead won't let go of our imagination.

Contents
They opened the graves / by Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens
Dead persons in Hungary / by Antoine Augustin Calmet
The end of my journey / by George Gordon, Lord Byron
The vampyre / by John Polidori
Wake not the dead / attributed to Johann Ludwig Tieck
The deathly lover / by Théophile Gautier
The family of the Vourdalak / by Aleksei Tolstoy
Varney the vampyre / by James Malcolm Rymer
What was it? / by Fitz-James O'Brien
The mysterious stranger / by anonymous
A mystery of the Campagna / by Anne Crawford
Death and burial : vampires and were-wolves / by Emily Gerard
Let loose / by Mary Cholmondeley
A true story of a vampire / by Eric, Count Stenbock
Good Lady Ducayne / by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
And the creature came in / by Augustus Hare
The tomb of Sarah / by F.G. Loring
The vampire maid / by Hume Nisbet
Luella Miller / by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Count Magnus / by M.R. James
Aylmer Vance and the vampire / by Alice and Claude Askew
Dracula's guest / by Bram Stoker.

Additional Information
Subjects Vampires -- Fiction.
Horror tales, English.
Horror fiction.
Publisher New York :Walker & Co.,2010
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors Sims, Michael, 1958-
Language English
Description 467 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 465-467).
ISBN 9780802719713 (pbk.)
0802719716 (pbk.)
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