October 31, 2013
The Big Book of Vampires
by Denise Despeyroux
illustrated by Fernando Falcone
Vampire stories from around the world are featured in this oversized book. Nine stories are adaptations of vampire stories written by the likes of Bram Stoker, Alexandre Dumas, and A.K. Tolstoy. Some of the tales are written from the victim's point-of-view, while others are portrayals of female vampires. The final four stories are vampire legends from China, Spain, Poland, and Denmark. The Chinese and Spanish legends are particularly intriguing, as they describe fox-tailed vampires and a black fly vampire respectively. The creepiness is further heightened by Falcone's drawings, which portray pale, elongated, sharp-clawed creatures.
For maximum scares, read each story in a dimly-lit room.