The Vampire Archives

  • by Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Stephen King
  • Narrated by Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
  • 61 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.
Vampires! Whether imagined by Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, they are part of the human lexicon and as old as blood itself. They are your neighbors, your friends, and they are always lurking. Now Otto Penzler—editor of the best-selling Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps—has compiled the darkest, the scariest, and by far the most evil collection of vampire stories ever, with over 80 stories, including the works of Stephen King and D. H. Lawrence, alongside Lord Byron and Tanith Lee, not to mention Edgar Allan Poe and Harlan Ellison. The Vampire Archives will drive a stake through the heart of any other collection out there.
Other contributors include Arthur Conan Doyle, Ray Bradbury, Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Robert Bloch, and Clive Barker.
The complete list of narrators includes Peter Altschuler, Mark Bramhall, Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Marc Cashman, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies, Mark Deakins, Robertson Dean, Susan Denaker, Susan Duerden, Harlan Ellison, Ryan Gessell, Stephen Hoye, Carrington MacDuffie, John H. Mayer, Paul Michael, Allyson Ryan, Robin Sachs, Fred Sanders, Rob Shapiro, Simon Vance, Bob Walter, and Steve West.

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There's so much

If you like to work on a cost per minute basis then you won't be disappointed by this. The download is in 8 parts of 7-8 hours each making over 61 hours of listening. There are over 80 stories and poems and I've enjoyed the majority of them.



It's nice that there's a mixture of styles. As well as horror there's sci-fi, fantasy, humour, psychological etc. Some of the stories are classics that date back to before Bram Stoker's Dracula (in fact one of the stories is a chapter that wasn't incuded in the published version of Dracula). I was particularly pleased to come across a Stephen King short story that I don't recall coming across before.



I did find myself wondering when each story started when would the vampire be revealed? I guess that's to be expected though :).



My only serious negative observation is that the way that iTunes burns the tracks to CD it makes it difficult to skip to the start of then next story on a car CD player when you don't like a particular story.
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- Chris

A huge volume of tales, sound good some not so goo

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend although some of the stories aren't that great a lot of them are well worth a listen.


Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

Yes I would try other books by some of the authors as there are so many different styles of writing and I'm sure that full length stories would be much better.


Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Too many narrators to mention.


Did The Vampire Archives inspire you to do anything?

No not really, these stories are good if you only have a short time to listen each day.


Any additional comments?

Good collection of tales (some seem unfinished) and I know these are short stories but some of them seem rushed & muddled.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-02-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio