"Fashions change, and the urbane vampire created by Byron and cemented in place by Stoker has had to move on . . . Are you, like me, ready for the new dusk?" —Ingrid Pitt, from her Introduction
Prepare to arm yourself with garlic, silver bullets, and a stake. Featuring the only vampire short story written by Anne Rice, the undisputed queen of vampire literature, and boasting an autobiographical introduction and original tale by Ingrid Pitt, the star of Hammer Films' The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, this is one anthology that every vampire fan—vampiric feminist or not—will want to drink deep from.
From the classic stories of Edith Wharton, Edith Nesbit, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon to modern incarnations by such acclaimed writers as Poppy Z. Brite, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Angela Slatter, these blood-drinkers and soul-stealers range from the sexual to the sanguinary, from the tormented Good to the unspeakably Evil. Among those memorable Children of the Night you will encounter are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Byronic vampire Saint-Germain, Nancy A. Collins' undead heroine Sonja Blue, Tanya Huff's vampiric detective Vicki Nelson, and Freda Warrington’s age-old lovers Karl and Charlotte.
Nominated for the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award, and now revised and updated, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women fulfils the bloodlust of the somnambulist horror fan, delivering the ultimate bite.
AuthorEdited by Stephen Jones, Introduction by Ingrid Pitt
Published10 October 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
Illustrations35 B&W illustrations.
About the author
Ingrid Pitt was a Polish-British actress best known for her cult horror movie roles with Hammer Film Productions. She was also a writer and author of various articles, columns, and an autobiography Life's a Scream. She died in 2010.
Nominated for the 2002 British Fantasy Award
Nominated for the 2001 International Horror Guild Award
“Vampire fans take heart. Despite naysayers who believe the genre has been literally sucked dry of all creativity and originality, British horror maven Jones has assembled an impressive volume packed with period classics and fresh takes before and after the 21st century. . . . a robust anthology sure to satisfy even the most jaded blood thirst.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Broad in scope and very lively. . . . Fun, ghoulish stuff."
"Jones, King of the Horror Editors, opens the lid on the first-ever collection of vampire stories by women. . . . This ladies’ night out counts among its top names: Anne Rice (the Queen of Blood’s only vampire short story, from a 1984 issue of Redbook), Poppy Z. Brite (loathsomely blistering in “Homewrecker”), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanith Lee, and Nancy A. Collins (“Vampire King of the Goth Chicks”). . . . Fangs for the memories."
“If there could be like, a King of Anthology Editors, it would be Stephen Jones . . . no one knows how to put together a great combination of short literature like Jones. He’s like a really good DJ, except of stories, not music.”
“[The] latest offering from Jones, most respected of British horror editors . . . Jones performs his usual exemplary job in this massive volume.”
—Barry Forshaw, Starlog
“A superb collection of vampire stories.”
—Shirlie Leighton, BITE ME Magazine