Wednesday, December 15, 2010
"A Morbid Fascination" by Series Editor Tom English
(1824) "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving (the FIRST vampire tale by an American writer.);
(1827-28) "The Skeleton Count" by Elizabeth Grey (FIRST published vampire tale written by a woman!);
(1830) "Blood Brothers" by Sir Walter Scott (a cool Norse legend that ties into vampirism);
(1833) "The Vampire Bride" by Henry Liddell (This long poem was the basis for Tim Burton's animated filmThe Corpse Bride.)
Cover art by Allen Koszowski.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I'm at work on another volume in the series, A Morbid Fascination, which will feature material from the early 1800s and an AK cover. I hope to have it done by mid-summer. That's the plan, at any rate.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
1893 “The Kiss of Judas” (novella) by Julian Osgood Field (X.L.)
1893 “The Death of Halpin Frayser” (story) by Ambrose Bierce
1889 “The Dead Smile” (story) by F. Marion Crawford
1889 “The Stone Chamber” (story) by H. B. Marriott Watson
Monday, April 27, 2009
Forget The Little Shop of Horrors. Here's 5 classic tales of bloodsucking plants!
1881: “The Man-Eating Tree” (story) by Phil Robinson
1894: “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid” (story) by H. G. Wells
1899: “The Purple Terror” (story) by Fred M. White
1915: “The Pavilion” (story) by E. Nesbit
1919: “The Sumach” (story) by Ulric Daubeny
Cover art by Allen Koszowski.
This is the first and only anthology of vampiric vegetation. I believe the only similarly themed anthology is Parry's 1976 Roots of Evil, but that book dealt with the broader theme of plants that figure in weird fiction and included only Wells' “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid”.
A Botanical Nightmare gathers stories stretching from 1891 to 1919 and hence does not fit neatly into the vampire tale chronology.
Mario Guslandi posted a nice review of the chapbook at infinitiplus.co.uk
Two great detectives match wits with the undead. Plus a story that had not been reprinted since its first appearance in Weird Tales.
1922: “Blood-Lust” (story) by Dion Fortune
1922: “Negotium Perambulans” (story) by E. F. Benson
1924: “The Sussex Vampire” (story) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1925: “Four Wooden Stakes” (story) by Victor Rowan
Another incredible cover by Allen Koszowski.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Classic Vampires Revisited: A Fearful Feasting
1914: “An Episode of Cathedral History” (story) by M. R. James
1914: “Aylmer Vance and the Vampire” (story) by Alice & Claude Askew
1920: “The Vampire” (story) by Jan Neruda
features some of the greatest practitioners of the weird tale!
1905: “For the Blood is the Life” (story) by F. Marion Crawford
1909: “An Authenticated Vampire Story” (article) by Franz Hartmann
1910: “The Singular Death of Morton” (story) by Algernon Blackwood
1912: “The Transfer” (story) by Algernon Blackwood
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1907: “The Feather Pillow” (story) by Horacio Quiroga
1907: “A Case of Alleged Vampirism” (story) by Luigi Capuana
1908: “The Blood Fetish” (story) by Morley Roberts 1909: “The Vampirine Fair” (written 1797-1801) (poem) by Thomas Hardy
Cover art by Dave Carson
Shocking, isn't it?