A review by nettleflare
Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories by Michael Sims

adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This is an excellent vampire anthology. The introduction provides valuable historical context for the emergence of vampire stories during the Victorian era. Each story is accompanied by a short biography that situates the author and their work within broader trends. 

The collection includes both stories that are well-known and unheard of. I was especially surprised by the fact that pre-Victorian vampire stories did not tend to focus on class struggles and elitism and were instead related to misunderstandings about decomposing bodies. My favorite story highlights include: a vampire town, male vampire victims, melodramatic Varney the Vampire, and Bram Stoker's atmospheric writing. I loved the volume, bought a copy, and will likely read it again.