Time of the Vampires, The

Rating: 
4
The Time of the Vampires
Review by Baron Gideon Redoak, submitted on 13-Sep-1998

The Time of the Vampires, ed. by P.N. Elrod and Martin H. Greenberg, N.Y, Daw Books, c 1996, ISBN: 0-88677-693-7

This is an anthology, of 18 stories of vampires throughout different historical periods. It starts with ancient Greece and works up to modern times. Several of the authors have very familiar names: P.N. Elrod, Tanya Huff, Nancy Kilpatrick, Elaine Bergstrom... and um... you know... oh, yes, Margaret Carter. *grin*

This is a very good anthology, for a change, all of the stories are top notch. A Matter of Taste, by Nick Pollotta, is my favourite; a quite funny account of a Bow Street Runner vampire hunting in Scotland. ("And the heavy cold iron balls in his primed guns would hopefully do the bleeding monster up a treat, good and proper".) In case you ever wondered when the first Garlic Festival was ever held... :)

There are vampires in this anthology who are Roman soldiers, who consorted with Arthur or Achilles, who fought against Napoleon, who followed the footsteps of Jesus (no, they do *not* make Him a vampire), who turn on a witchfinder (P.N. Elrod's story, The Devil's Mark, is darkly funny). Margaret Carter's story, Voice From the Void, er, turns the tables on the Victorian spirtualism craze. (I never knew that some spiritualists could make their toe joints crack. Wow.) And for fans of Bram Stoker, there's "In Memory Of" by Nancy Kilpatrick, that tells of the adventures of Mrs. Stoker before she married her husband.

All in all, it's a most satisfying read; I recommend it.

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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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