By Leonard Wolf
Some time past hundred years, because the e-book of Bram Stoker's notorious booklet, no literary determine has loved a extra terrible resiliency than count number Dracula. In movie, tv, novels, and brief tales, he retains coming again to lifestyles, fed by way of the very important innovative energies of a world-wide viewers that can't appear to face up to his abominable charms. Aristocratic and urbane, deeply erotic and profoundly evil, Dracula's bloodsucking savagery has forged a captivating fascination not just over his sufferers yet over his readers besides. And, as Leonard Wolf indicates, "Vampire fiction...exerts an awesome pull on readers for a cause that we may perhaps locate nerve-racking. The blood exchange--the taking of blood through the vampire from his or her sufferer is, all on its own, felt to be a singularly symbolic occasion. Symbolic and attractive!"
Now, in Blood Thirst: 100 Years of Vampire Fiction, Leonard Wolf brings jointly thirty stories within which vampires of all kinds make their ghastly presence felt--male and feminine, human and non-human, funny and heroic--all of them family to the dreadful bat. From Lafcadio Hearn, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, Edith Wharton, August Derleth, and Ray Bradbury to such modern masters as Anne Rice, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Woody Allen, and in settings as assorted as rural New England and outer area, this assortment bargains readers a stunning compendium of vampire tales. Wolf organizes the gathering into six categories--The vintage event story, The Psychic Vampire, The technology Fiction Vampire, The Non-Human Vampire, The comedian Vampire, and The Heroic Vampire--which permits readers to work out the various guises Dracula's descendants have assumed and the numerous methods they are often interpreted. In his penetrating creation, Wolf argues that such an association permits us to determine the evolution of the vampire from an unmitigated evil to a creature we're likely to determine with. "In a century within which God and devil became more and more inappropriate within the renowned arts, there was an accompanying secularization of the vampire suggestion. And, because the tales in Blood Thirst will convey, sympathy for the vampire has grown as now we have turn into more and more attracted to the workings of the mind." certainly, the vampire's skill to alter through the years, to attract into itself this kind of richness of symbolic meanings, to conjure itself into such a lot of diabolical shapes, may well account for the iconic allure of the literature written approximately it.
the following, then, is a definitive assortment for aficionados and newbies alike, and even if readers locate the vampires who inhabit those pages sympathetic or bad, psychologically exciting or spiritually repellent, morbidly seductive or comically absurd, Blood Thirst offers us all whatever to sink our tooth into.