Vintage Vampire Stories





Edited by Robert Eighteen-Bisang

And Richard Dalby



Vampires—passionate, alluring, and ultimately coldblooded killers—didn’t descend upon pop culture out of the blue; most of our knowledge about them is based on the rules laid down by Bram Stoker’s 1897 masterpieceDracula, and the little known writings of his Victorian-era predecessors.


For the first time in one volume, vampire experts Richard Dalby andRobert Eighteen-Bisang have gathered a trove of dark fantasy stories from 1679 through 1909. Long lost to the public in the pages of defunct newspapers, out of print magazines, and dusty nineteenth century anthologies, the thrilling tales in Vintage Vampire Stories ooze with sinister characters in malevolent worlds.


From authors such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon, William H.G. Kingston, Pu Songling, Dick Donovan, and many others, come mysteries of darkness and shadow, of bloodthirsty beauties, ominous hooded figures, rambling estates haunted by life-sucking demons, and eerie inhuman happenings that are sure to make your hair stand on end. Vintage Vampire Stories also includes images of Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for Dracula, which outline some of the essential vampire characteristics, such as Dracula’s inability to be photographed or reflected in a mirror. Vintage Vampire Stories will enthrall any vampirephile or lover of literature.



To learn more about Vintage Vampire Stories, please contact:

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About the Editors

Richard Dalby is a bestselling author and vampire expert. He lives in London, England.


Robert Eighteen-Bisang is an expert on vampire literature and is best-known as the owner of the world’s largest collection of rare vampire books. He is the recipient of the Lord Ruthven Award for Bram Stoker’s Notes for Dracula. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.



Vintage Vampire Stories

Edited by Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Richard Dalby

Skyhorse Publishing Paperback

On Sale: May 2011

ISBN: 978-1-61608-234-5

Price: $12.95


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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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