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 best-selling 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 12 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.
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A Warning to the Curious...
First of all, the title of this anthology is misleading, as only a few of the stories concern proper vampires. Others, such as "Ring of Thoth" have a tenuous connection with vampirism, and still others have NOTHING whatsoever to do with vampires. Nonetheless, this volume contains some of A. C. Doyle's best supernatural and horror tales, many of which are difficult to find--and the inclusion of some macabre Sherlock Holmes tales makes for an attractive anthology. Unfortunately, the audio sample does not adequately convey the incompetence of the reader, who does not seem to understand how punctuation works ands slows down whenever he hits a three syllable word. Add to that the fact that he has an unpleasant voice with no depth and reads with either a staccato monotone or an inflected speech that emphasizes the wrong words. He also misprounces some words along the way. Do yourself a favor and buy the book--your little brother could read it better. If you really want to hear the stories read, you'll have to find them separately--both Doug Bradley and B.J. Harrison have made wonderful recordings of some of A. C. Doyle's horror stories, so I suggest starting there.