By Leonard Wolf
Long ago hundred years, because the ebook of Bram Stoker's notorious e-book, 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 existence, fed through the very important resourceful energies of a world-wide viewers that can't appear to withstand 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 worrying. 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 different as rural New England and outer house, this assortment deals readers a stunning compendium of vampire tales. Wolf organizes the gathering into six categories--The vintage experience 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 various methods they are often interpreted. In his penetrating advent, Wolf argues that such an association allows us to work out the evolution of the vampire from an unmitigated evil to a creature we're prone to establish with. "In a century within which God and devil became more and more beside the point within the renowned arts, there was an accompanying secularization of the vampire proposal. And, because the tales in Blood Thirst will express, 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 one of these 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.
right here, then, is a definitive assortment for aficionados and beginners alike, and no matter if readers locate the vampires who inhabit those pages sympathetic or terrible, psychologically exciting or spiritually repellent, morbidly seductive or comically absurd, Blood Thirst supplies us all whatever to sink our the teeth into.