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Book Description

March 31 2004
The modern masters of the macabre bring the dead to life in this special 're-vamped' edition of the classic compilation every horror fan will want to sink their teeth into. Here is the very best in vampire fiction, from tales of tempting sirens to contemporary serial killers; from haunting doppelgangers to nefarious historical figures; from the dark origins of fairy tales to a modern reinterpretation of the King of the Undead himself, Count Dracula. This new edition includes over a dozen new stories from Tina Rath's A Trick of the Dark to Kim Newman's Andy Warhol's Dracula, as well as classic novellas such as Hugh B. Cave's Stragella, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Investigating Jericho.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Constable & Robinson; New edition edition (March 31 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841199265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841199269
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 4.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g

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About the Author

Stephen Jones is an award-winning editor and one of Britain's most acclaimed horror anthologists. His Mammoth Book of Best New Horror won the 2002 British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. He lives in London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a great anthology July 10 2005
By Reb - Published on
Great collection of stories by a variety of authors; Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Kim Newman, Bram Stoker, to name a few. I liked "Midnight Mass," best, the story of a priest, a Jew, and vampires, as it brought up some interesting theology questions. I have wondered since I was a kid how Jewish people protect themselves from vampires. What a great story. The best stories, IMHO, were the novellas at the end, "Midnight Mass," "Yellow Fog," and, "Red Reign." There are shorter stories that are great, but the novellas made the book for me. There were only two stories that didn't interest me and I skipped. That's not bad for such a large book, and believe me, it lives up to its name, it is big!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reading with Tequila Oct. 23 2009
By Jennifer Sicurella - Published on
Each one had at least one twist to the vampire lore that I had never seen before and enjoyed immensely. Unfortunately, while those four stories were exceptional, the remaining 25 were not. While none of the stories were bad, they all seemed to lack something new or different. They failed at grabbing my attention. 75 pages of some of the best vampire fiction I've ever read just isn't enough to carry the rest of this book.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic vampire tales; both alluring and haunting. Oct. 8 1997
By A Customer - Published on
This collection contains some of the best known writers in the genre: Clive Barker, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, Edgar Allen Poe, Richard Christian Matheson, Graham Masterton, Melanie Tem and Basil Cooper. Most of these tales are modern-day although there are a few classics peppered throughout. The Mammoth Book of Vampires represents the variety of tales and legends to its fullest extent.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Not Great Collection of Vampire Stories July 16 2009
By Cody Carlson - Published on
Stephen Jones' collection of vampire fiction, "The Mammoth Book of Vampires" has a few really fun stories, but on the whole is just okay. Standouts in this collection are F. Paul Wilson's "Midnight Mass", Les Daniels' "Yellow Fog", and Kim Newman's "Andy Warhol's Dracula, Anno Dracula 1978-79". Some others provide their share of chills, but there are some real stinkers here. One particular disappointment was the offering "Vampire" by the son of Richard Matheson, which reads like bad poetry, having nothing at all to do with vampires. This might be just one to check out of the library.
4.0 out of 5 stars I am a title. Dec 14 2012
By Ammit L. Brooks - Published on
This book is epic. I'm not a huge vampire fan, but I needed something to read so I jacked this from a friend. I didn't read the new version, but the one from the 90s, but I doubt it's changed much from the updated version. I didn't enjoy every story I read, but the ones I did read remain in my mind long after I read them. Here, you won't find the cheesy romantic vampires that have been plaguing the genre for years. This is a book of monsters- what vampires truly are.

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