-An excellent selection of Vampire poetry brought to you from the days when they were starting haunting our dreams and desires in literary form, until the dawn of the last century.
-This anthology includes 20 poems from authors like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lord Byron, Charles Baudelaire, Rudyard Kipling, Delmira Agustini, William Butler Yeats… among others.
-The poems included are:
Der Vampir. by Heinrich August Ossenfelder
The Bride of Corinth. by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Thalaba the Destroyer. (an excerpt) by Robert Southey
The Vampyre. by John Stagg
The Giaour. (an excerpt) by Lord Byron
La Belle Dame Sans Merci. by John Keats
The Vampire Bride. (complete version) by Henry Liddell
The Vampyre. by James Clerk Maxwell
Le Vampyre. by Charles Baudelaire
The Metamorphoses of The Vampire. by Charles Baudelaire
Vampyre. by Owen Meredith
Strigoiul. by Vasile Alecsandri
The Vampire. by Madison Julius Cawein
The Vampire. by Rudyard Kipling
The Vampirine Fair. by Thomas Hardy
El vampiro. by Delmira Agustini
The Vampire. by Conrad Aiken
La Belle Morte. (an excerpt) by Conrad Aiken
The Vampire. by Arthur Symons
Oil and Blood. by William Butler Yeats
1°- From the first known vampire poem to around 1930’s, when I think
most of the basic elements of the genre were already established.
2° – Either a relevant poem or a good one (these don’t always go together),
the first based mostly on scholar’s opinions, the latter being subjective
to my own liking, which I hope you might share.
3° – The vampire creature or concept has to be explicitly present (An
only exception was made with La Belle Dame Sans Merci), scholars consider
a bunch of other works about ghost and apparitions to be related to
vampires, which is true as an influence, but they don’t fit this anthology.
-I made these criteria based on what I would like to find in such a collection,
I do hope you enjoy these works as much as I do. Thank you.
Before Dracula: Early Vampire stories (1738-1891) (Illustrated)
– From Folk Tales to Seductive Aristocrats. The best, most complete compilation of pre-Dracula Vampire stories, with illustrations from the era.
-Deadly pale and blood thirsty, they’ve been preying on us more than a century before the Count’s first bite, discover the first bloody pillars of this accursed genre.
-Available on paperback and kindle format.
-This anthology includes:
– Account of A Vampire. (1738) by Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d’Argens. – Dead Persons in Hungary Who Suck the Blood of The Living. (1746) by Antoine Augustin Calmet. – THE VAMPYRE. (1819) by John William Polidori. – Wake Not the Dead. (1823) by Ernst Benjamin Salomo Raupach. – The Dead Leman. (1836) by Théophile Gautier. – The Family of the Vourdalak. (1839) by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy. – Varney The Vampire or The Feast of Blood. (1845) (Illustrated) by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest. – The Mysterious Stranger. (1854) by Anonymous. – The Last Lords of Gardonal. (1867) by William Gilbert. – Carmilla. (1871) (Illustrated) by J. Sheridan LeFanu. – The Vampire Cat of Nabéshima. (1871) by A.B. Mitford. – Ken’s Mystery. (1883) by Julian Hawthorne. – The Old Portrait. (1890) by Hume Nisbet. – A Mystery of the Campagna. (1891) by Anne Crawford.
1°-Explicitly about vampires, or similar enough creatures in a supernatural
2°-Short stories and novellas, for obvious reasons. An exception was
made with Varney the vampire; because it’s Varney.
3°-No story poems or verses, because I made another anthology for that
particular style (Titled ‘Bloody Tears: Early Vampire Poetry (1748–1933)’)
4°-It has to be “good”, although this can be subjective on some works.
5°-For the illustrations, anything I could find; except the numerous little
illustrations of Varney the vampire, which I find irrelevant.
6°-It has to be written prior to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the title of this
book wouldn’t make sense otherwise.
I made this criteria based on what I would like to find in such a collection,
I do hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do.
-This novel was first published under the name “Under the Auroras, A Marvellous Tale of the Interior World” in 1888, and was renamed “Cresten, Queen of the Toltus” in 1892.
-This early Sci-fi novel, or Scientific Romance, tells the story of two friends exploring beyond the north pole and into the earth in a balloon. They encounter different civilizations, races, and the Queen of Cresten, a woman representing the wisdom of the ages.
-This edition includes 9 illustrations from the 1892 version.
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-This novel is a peculiar blend of early science fiction and fantasy. It tells the story of an expedition to the north pole and its finds on the Interior World. The Interior society seems to be a utopia at first but then it ends up showing its flaws, only a revolution started by a forbidden romance will change its course.
-Includes 46 illustrations from the original 1892 edition.
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-“THE SMOKY GOD or A Voyage to the Inner World” is a classical hollow earth tale, It tells the story of Norwegian seamen Olaf Jansen and his father reaching a land beyond the north pole and inside the earth, their encounter with its giant habitants and other peculiar discoveries.
-The book is filled with various references to myths and travel logs of real polar explorations to make an argument in favor of its claims.
-It’s a short and fun read and with all the well though references to real explorations and the description of the inner earth society it makes a good example of old science fiction.
-This edition contains all 11 Color Illustrations from the original edition.
-First published in 1820, Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery, is an exploration story as much as a utopian one. Mostly known for presenting Captain Symmes theory of a hollow earth (similar to the hollow earth theory by Edmund Halley), its literary value is often overlooked.
-Behind its peculiar theoretical claims lies an adventurous exploration narrative with a deep social critique, about the vices and cupidity of modern civilization. Surely an entertaining read with some deep reflections.