"Arguably the strongest collection of supernatural stories to be released in years. . . . Excellent."
    --The Editors, Barnes and Noble
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The Many Faces of Van Helsing

The Many Faces of Van Helsing; edited by Jeanne Cavelos;
Ace Books (Penguin Putnam Inc.); NYC; April, 2004; 400 pp.; trade paperback; $14.95 U.S. $22.50 Can.
ISBN 0-441-01170-5


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Fanatic. Avenger. Genius. Puritan. Hero. Madman.

Abraham Van Helsing--VAMPIRE HUNTER.

First introduced in Bram Stoker's immortal Dracula, Abraham Van Helsing became the ultimate adversary for the vampire--as enigmatic and complex as the fiend he so relentlessly pursued. Now, in this unique anthology of stories, masters of horror and fantasy each give the original vampire hunter his due as they reimagine the history and reinvent the adventures of a fascinating, mysterious, and unforgettable character who was the greatest foe of the most evil icon in literary history.

Featuring:

  • J. A. Konrath
  • Rita Oakes
  • Thomas Tessier
  • Kathe Koja
  • Christopher Golden
  • Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • William D. Carl
  • C. Dean Andersson
  • Chris Roberson
  • Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Tanith Lee
  • Kris Dikeman
  • Lois Tilton
  • Sarah Kelderman
  • Joe Hill
  • Kim Antieau
  • Brian Hodge
  • Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • A. M. Dellamonica

Jeanne Cavelos is a writer, editor, scientist, and teacher. She began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, and worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center before embarking upon a career in publishing. She has since served as an editor for several bestselling science and science fiction authors, and also teaches a summer workshop for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror at New Hampshire College.



Reviews:


"Abraham Van Helsing, the archetypal vampire hunter in Bram Stoker's Dracula, is 'arguably one of the most well-known yet least explored characters in literature,' according to Jeanne Cavelos, editor of this brilliant anthology featuring stories about the iconic vampire slayer.

From the wilderness of 19th-century China to the back alleys of 1965 England, with stories that depict Van Helsing from an introspective young boy to an undead monstrosity, the strength of this anthology is in its incredible diversity. The authors vary as much as the story lines; from world-renowned writers like Tanith Lee, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kathe Koja, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch to bevy of talented newcomers, The Many Faces of Van Helsing is arguably the strongest collection of supernatural stories to be released in years.

Notable selections include J. A. Konrath's 'The Screaming,' a blood-curdling tale about two drug-addicted thieves who decide to rob a haunted mansion. When they enter the house, they hear tortured screams coming from the root cellar and, hoping for someone to victimize, investigate. 'Venus and Mars' by Christopher Golden pits a hard-nosed vampire hunter against a nest of underage prostitute vampires and their pedophile hosts in Los Angeles. In Thomas Tessier's 'The Infestation at Ralls,' Van Helsing must save a private girls' school from a demon unleashed.

Fans of contemporary bloodsucker novels like Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake saga should make it a point (no pun intended) to read this excellent anthology. Wooden stake and crucifix not included."


"Forget this year's Van Helsing flick (even if you love sexy Hugh Jackman or the outlandishly wonderful special effects). That movie character and the venerable vampire hunter Van Helsing wouldn't know each other if they shared a bunk together in Dracula's castle. The Many Faces of Van Helsing, on the other hand, tries to fill in some of the blanks in his life and imaginatively brings that character or his inheritors into the present. The premise here is that the authors each tell a tale that illuminates some aspect of Van Helsing's life, character, mission, motivation, or potential. The stories gathered here do a wonderful job of it. . . . Most of the tales are right on target and all of them are well written . . . with a great deal of creativity and ingenuity. . . . Tanith Lee's tale is, of course, a standout. Van Helsing, as she sees it, was an abandoned child found and raised, not as a tasty snack, by a family of vampires. He grows to love them, learns their ways and their thoughts, and finally, desires to become one of them. Needless to say, this does not happen--but the how and why and the consequences of his decision are wonderfuly handled. This is a terrific collection. . . . Vampire fans will be greatly interested."


Van Helsing is the legendary slayer of vampires who was first given life in Bram Stoker's Dracula. The past life of this enigmatic and complex man is somewhat mysterious, and readers are never really sure what drives him to rid the world of vampires with such zeal. . . . One might think that basing a collection of stories around a minor character in a book written many years ago might result in watered-down stories. Instead, this collection is compellingly readable. In these stories, Van Helsing takes on mythic proportions. Authors such as Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Tanith Lee, and Christoper Golden pose a number of questions: Was he raised by vampires? Is there a dark secret underlying his need to kill? Does his knight-in-golden-armor act cover a less than admirable history? The authors imagine a number of possibilities that are at times disturbing and surprising. This book will find its readers among the many . . . fans of vampire lore."


"I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories in this intriguing book. What a pleasant surprise it should be to many readers to find an anthology like this these days, one that is NOT a shared world series based on a game or TV/Movie media tie-in. . . . This is just the kind of anthology a great many readers should relish, presenting stories as it does with a variety of viewpoints from a variety of writers, each with a different take on the character created by Bram Stoker in Dracula over one hundred years ago, Professor Abraham Van Helsing. For example, about all Stoker told us of Van Helsing's private life was that his wife was insane and his son dead. . . . I highly recommend this anthology. After all, the editor, Jeanne Cavelos, created and edited the excellent Abyss horror line at Dell Books a few years back, and anyone who read any of the Abyss novels should have a high regard for anything to which the Cavelos name is connected. . . . Standout stories include Thomas Tessier's 'Infestation at Ralls,' Christopher Golden's disturbing 'Venus and Mars,' Rita Oakes's 'Poison in the Darkness,' and the sci-fi themed 'Origin of Species' by A. M. Dellamonica. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes visceral, thsi is a damn good anthology. Vampire fans, and all fans of dark, gothic, and horror fiction, will find something to like."


"[Of] the 21 stories in The Many Faces of Van Helsing . . . some explain his background, some his inspiration and some the terrible sadness and loss of reputation that came with his quest. . . . Superior efforts in horror fiction [include] Thomas Tessier's 'The Infestation at Ralls,' in which Van Helsing must quell another demon menace; J. A. Konrath's 'The Screaming,' in which the vampire hunter has become a vampire himself; 'The Black Wallpaper,' Kim Antieau's obvious homage to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's classic horror tale, 'The Yellow Wallpaper'; and Denver authors Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem's 'Empty Morning,' where Van Helsing plays host at a bizarre tea party."

    --Rocky Mountain News


"Let's face it: The movie Van Helsing was less than a box-office success. . . . But Van Helsing remains Bram Stoker's most enigmatic character, and hints about his past are scattered throughout Dracula. In The Many Faces of Van Helsing, prominent fantasy and horror authors present tales of this original vampire hunter. The stories fall into three distinct categories: those that explore Van Helsing's family (an insane wife and a dead son); those that draw directly from the Dracula storyline; and those that touch on his past, in some cases revealing a prior history with the undead. The tales of Van Helsing's family are tragically poignant stories. . . . Rita Oakes' 'Poison in the Darkness' shows Van Helsing's obsession with vampires stemming from a random vampire attack on his family, and his inability to protect them. Lois Tilton's 'My Dead Madame Mina' draws on Stoker's original novel. It posits that Mina, Dracula's chosen bride, wasn't released from his curse when he died. Van Helsing flees with her, hoping to cleanse her of the blood taint. The author slowly weaves in the vampire hunter's obsessive need to atone for those he couldn't save, while showing the lengths to which he'll go to 'save' Mina. Several stories delve into areas of Van Helsing's personal history that don't involve his wife and child. Of these, Tanith Lee's 'Remember Me' is a standout. Readers watch a young Van Helsing grow up among vampires, coveting the power they possess and wishing to be one of them. . . . The narrative turns Stoker's mythos on its ear in intriguing ways. No matter how you imagine Van Helsing's character was shaped, this volume supplies some fascinating ideas as to who he might have been. Skip the movie and pick up this book instead."

    --The Davis Enterprise


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