Vampire Stories

Vampire Stories

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., [2009], ©2009
ISBN: 9781602397972
Branch Call Number: FICTION Doy
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 271 pages)

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RainCityLibrarian
Jul 11, 2015

While I would agree with Frybyte's comment that these are not Conan Doyle's very best non-Sherlock writings, I'd urge readers interested in exploring Doyle beyond Sherlock to give him a try. Here's a very good short book on Doyle by Michael Dirda that is a great read itself, and a fine introduction to the man's work: http://bit.ly/1D8g8Ro

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Frybyte
Jul 11, 2015

The editor(s) of this collection love Sir Conan Doyle and before reading this I thought I did too.
However reading the intro which reminds one of all the kinds of books he wrote and having read some of them I realized 'he's just not that good'.
The 'vampire' definition has been stretched so that the book can exist but really there are few 'undead' in these stories. So FIRST the title of the book is misleading an advertising ploy.
Then SECOND the stories are not very captivating. And lastly reminded me of my latest rereading of some of the Holmes stories (some of which are in this volume) that too often I didn't care about the solution, which really means I didn't care about the mystery.
So Conan Doyle wasn't a hack but also not a great writer, I suspect, unless you are 9-13 years old.

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