Edited by Robert Eighteen-Bisang and Martin H. Greenberg
$14.95 ($19.95 Canada)
Paperback | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Published: October 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing
"The first collection of vampire stories from the creator of Sherlock Holmes! Who would suspect that the same mind that created the most famous literary detective of all time also took on the eternally popular genre of vampires? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a contemporary of Bram Stoker, gave us some fascinating works of vampire fiction. From the bloodsucking plant in “The American’s Tale” to the bloodsucking wife in “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire,” he reveled in the horror created by creatures who survived on the blood of men and women."
The book collects nine stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, none of which are traditional 'vampire' stories, but in most cases do riff on a vaguely connected theme.
- The American's Tale
- The Captain of the Pole-Star
- John Barrington Cowles
- The Ring of Thoth
- The Winning Shot
- The Parasite
- The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
- The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire
- The Adventure of the Three Gables
Not exactly crucial reading if you've already got the included stories in another collection, but if you've only ever read Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, this is as good a jumping off point as any into some of the lesser known works by an author who was definitely ahead of his time. If you are expecting traditional vampire stories, look elsewhere. Recommended.
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