The Vampire Almanac (Volume 1)

THE VAMPIRE ALMANAC (VOLUME 1)

edited by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier

cover by Mike Hoffman

stories by Matthew Baugh, Nathan Cabaniss, Matthew Dennion, Win Scott Eckert, Brian Gallagher, Martin Gately, Rick Lai, David McDonald, Frank J. Morlock, Christofer Nigro, Catherine Robert, Dola Rosselet, Frank Schildiner, Michel Stéphan and Artikel Unbekannt.

Contents:
Introduction by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier
LENORE: Matthew Dennion: Hope for Forgiveness
LORD RUTHVEN: Frank J. Morlock: The Confession of Mary, Queen of Scots, Regarding Lord Ruthven (LR 3)
Frank J. Morlock: Entretien with a Vampire (LR 2)
ALINSKA THE VIRGIN VAMPIRE: Nathan Cabaniss: Schrodinger's Blood
THE VAMPIRE COUNTESS: Rick Lai: Vampire Renaissance (TOTS 8)
CARMILLA: Michel Stéphan: The Three Lives of Maddalena(TOTS 7)
Martin Gately: The Moon Hag
Dola Rosselet : To Die For...
CAPTAIN VAMPIRE: Matthew Baugh: Quest of the Vourdalaki (TOTS 10)
THE VAMPIRE CITY: Brian Gallagher: City of the Nosferatu (TOTS 10)
COUNT DRACULA: Rick Lai: All Predators Great and Small (TOTS 5)
Frank J. Morlock: The Adventure of the Beneficent Vampire (LR 1)
Frank Schildiner: The Blood of Frankenstein (TOTS 10)
Christofer Nigro: The Ultimate Prize (SHADOW OF JUDEX)
Christofer Nigro: Requiem for a Regime(NIGHT OF THE NYCTALOPE)
KOSCHEI THE DEATHLESS:David McDonald: The Girl from Odessa (NIGHT OF THE NYCTALOPE)
COUNT ORLOK (NOSFERATU): Catherine Robert: A Game of Death
VAMPIRES VS NAZIS: David McDonald: The Lesser of Two Evils (TOTS 10)
COUNTESS BATHORY: Win Scott Eckert: Les Lèvres Rouges (TOTS 3)
COUNTESS CARODY: Artikel Unbekannt: Blood and Fire
THE VAMPIRES OF MARS: Matthew Dennion: Predators and Prey


This dual nature of the vampire, stretching between love and death, creates a moral ambiguity which is omnipresent in its literary treatment, incorporating and contrasting seduction and horror, heroism and villainy. It only reflects the nature of life after death, and how it is perceived by its surrounding culture. Is it a desirable dream, or a hateful abomination? A reward or a punishment? And what price must one pay for such survival?

The stories contained in this collection, featuring some of the most famous vampires in literary history, incorporate all of these contradictions; in them, vampires can be both super-human and sub-human, sexual predators and impotent, romantic and passionate, and yet devoid of soul. Ultimately, the vampire is our own face, reflecting in the mirror of our beliefs, the incarnation of our spiritual choices.