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by No Exit Press, 22 October 2015. ISBN: 978-1-84344-632-3
A sumach tree which needs blood
to turn its leaves red ... a withered brown creature with glittering eyes that
scratches at the window ... a house which drove its owners mad ... a Viking
warrior pitted against the undead ...
wonderful collection shows the range of vampire stories published at the time
of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. As Rennison explains in the introduction, film
adaptations have made Dracula the best-remembered example of a fashion that
began with Polidari’s The Vampyre in 1819, continued with the hugely popular Varney
the Vampire, published as a serial between 1845 and 1847, and Le Fanu’s Carmilla
in 1871. These fifteen stories show that almost every prolific writer of the
Victorian age had a shot at Gothic horror. Each story is preceded by a short
biography of the author or authors, most of them very popular then, and almost
unknown now – the only household name is M R James, with the
antiquarian-in-Sweden yarn, Count Magnus. The only tale I’d come across before
was the purportedly true The Vampire of Croglin Grange, by Augustus Hare. All
the stories were very readable, with a good range of twists on the theme;
surprisingly, as Rennison points out in his introduction, unlike our image of
Dracula, almost all the blood-sucking vampires were female, the male undeads
being of a different species, like James’ Count Magnus’s familiar, or the dead
herdsman from Frank Norris’s Icelandic saga tale.
gloriously Gothic collection of heroes fighting against maidens with bone-white
skin, glittering eyes and blood-thirsty intentions.
Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller
with a particular interest in the Victorian era and in crime fiction. He has
written several Pocket Essential guides published by Oldcastle Books including
Short History of the Polar Exploration, Roget, Freud and Robin Hood. He is also
the author of The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide to Crime Fiction, 100 Must-Read
Crime Novels and Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography. His debut crime
novel, Carver's Quest, set in nineteenth century London, was published by
Atlantic Books. He is a regular reviewer for both The Sunday Times and BBC
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.