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?
Allen Koszowski did the beautiful cover art.
Friday, April 3, 2009
1900: “The Tomb of Sarah” (story) by F. G. Loring
1900: “Marsyas in Flanders” (story) by Vernon Lee
1900: “The Vampire Maid” (story) by Hume Nisbet
1902: “Luella Miller” (story) by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
Cover art by Allen Koszowski. Allen signed all the copies of this book. It's the only one he's signed, so far. But that's only because I haven't got around to asking him to sign another. Soon, I promise.
1893: “The Last of the Vampires” (story) by Phil Robinson
1894: “The True Story of a Vampire” (story) by Count Stenbock
1896: “The Vampire of Croglin Grange” (story) by Augustus Hare
1887: “A Mystery of the Campagna” (novella) by Anne Crawford
1887: “Ruddigore” (storyline) William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Contents: full text of the 1872 novel, plus an
Introdution and a short bio of Le Fanu.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
1867: “The Last Lords of Gardonal” (story) by William Gilbert
1871: “Vampyres and Ghouls” (article) Anonymous (conducted by Charles Dickens)
Afterword, "The Other Gilbert", by Tom English
Cover by Allen Koszowski
I'll say a bit more about this one later, as well as continue listing the titles in the series. I'm a little weary at the moment. Could be weak from all the blood I gave at the office. What's that? You work for a vampire, too?!
Well, try and get some rest, my friends. Sleep tight and don't let the vampires bite.
is a companion book to Black Sunday.
Introduction, "Red Scare" by Tom English
1847: (translation into English in 1884) “The Curse of the Vourdalak” (story) by Aleksey Tolstoy
1906: (English translation, 1907) “Lazarus” (story) by Leonid Andreyev
These two stories are unnerving. As good as anything being done today in the horror genre. No, better!
Another great piece of cover art by Allen Koszowski.
Classic Vampires Revisited:
A Beguiling Corruption
1835: “Berenice” (story) by Edgar Allan Poe
1835: “Morella” (story) by Edgar Allan Poe
1836: “The Dead Lover” (“La Morte Amoureuse”) (novella) by Théophile Gautier
Yes, yes, and with an intro by me.
Poe often explored vampirism in his work. Decades before Le Fanu's Carmilla, Poe and Gautier made the femme fatale a mainstay of vampire literature.
The creepy cover art is by my good friend Allen Koszowski, a World Fantasy Award-winning artist.
Introduction, "Black Sunday" by Tom English
1835: (translation of 1928 novella) “Viy” (novella) by Nikolai Gogol
The striking cover image is by UK writer/editor/illustrator Dave Carson.
In the chronological evolution of the literary vampire genre, the book is 3rd in the series, immediately following Dark Sucklings.
Is there someone in your life who is constantly taking from you? Asking and demanding and manipulating and in general bleeding you dry?
The poet Lord Byron was the vampire in Dr. John Polidori's life. The young, starstruck Polidori, personal physician to Byron until he was coldly cast aside, modeled his aristocratic vampire, Lord Ruthven, after his vain employer. Almost 100 years before Dracula, the archetype of the bloodsucking nobleman was born in the character of Ruthven, and The Vampyre ignited a feeding frenzy for stories and plays depicting the undead that lasted for more than half a century.
Introduction, "Dr Polidori and the Vampyre" by Tom English
1819: “The Vampyre: A Tale” (story) by Dr. John Polidori
1819: “Fragment of a Novel” (story fragment) by Lord Byron
"Dark Sucklings", Introduction by Tom English
1801: “Thalaba the Destroyer” (poem) by Robert Southey
1810: “The Vampire” (poem) by John Stagg
1813: “The Giaour” (poem) by Lord Byron
1816: “Christabel” (written 1797-1801) (poem) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1820: “Lamia” (poem) by John Keats
1820: “La Belle Dame sans Merci” (poem) by John Keats
Although Classic Vampires Revisited: The Bloody Roots was the 4th chapbook published by Dead Letter Press under the Department of Dead Letters imprint, the book's contents comprise the earliest depictions of vampires in the English language (the English translations of important works by German writers).
The Bloody Roots contains complete versions of the following works:
1748: “Der Vampir” (poem) by Heinrich August Ossenfelder
1774: “Lenore” (poem) by Gottfried August Bürger
1797: “The Bride of Corinth” (poem) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
c. 1800: “Wake Not the Dead” (story) by Johann Ludwig Tieck
Also includes the Introduction by Tom English ("The Bloody Roots")