The House of the Vampire: Magical Creatures, a Weiser Books Collection

The House of the Vampire: Magical Creatures, a Weiser Books Collection

George Sylvester Viereck Varla Ventura / Jun 06, 2020

The House of the Vampire Magical Creatures a Weiser Books Collection Varla Ventura fan favorite on Huffington PostOCOs Weird News frequent guest on Coast to Coast and bestselling author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre introduces a new Weiser Books Col

  • Title: The House of the Vampire: Magical Creatures, a Weiser Books Collection
  • Author: George Sylvester Viereck Varla Ventura
  • ISBN: 9781619400818
  • Page: 238
  • Format: ebook
  • Varla Ventura, fan favorite on Huffington PostOCOs Weird News, frequent guest on Coast to Coast, and bestselling author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, introduces a new Weiser Books Collection of forgotten crypto classics Magical Creatures is a hair raising herd of affordable digital editions, curated with VarlaOCOs affectionate and unerring eye for tVarla Ventura, fan favorite on Huffington PostOCOs Weird News, frequent guest on Coast to Coast, and bestselling author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, introduces a new Weiser Books Collection of forgotten crypto classics Magical Creatures is a hair raising herd of affordable digital editions, curated with VarlaOCOs affectionate and unerring eye for the fantastic The House of the Vampire was the first vampire novel to address the terrors of psychic vampires non bloodsuckers The author, George Sylvester Viereck, was friends with Nikola Tesla whose studies in the world of energy may have inspired the idea of psychic vampirism and published a regular periodical, The Fatherland, to which Aliester Crowley was one of the many contributors.

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        George Viereck was born in Germany, to a German father and American born mother His father Louis, born out of wedlock to German actress Edwina Viereck, was reputed to be a son of Kaiser Wilhelm I Another relative of the Hohenzollern family assumed legal paternity of the boy In the 1870s Louis Viereck joined the Marxist socialist movement In 1896 Viereck emigrated to the United States His American born wife Laura and 12 year old son George Sylvester followed in 1897.In 1904 while still in college, George Sylvester Viereck, with the help of literary critic Ludwig Lewisohn published his first collection of poems He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1906 The next year his collection Nineveh and Other Poems 1907 won Viereck national fame A number were written in the style of the Uranian male love poetry of the time 1 In the 1920s, Viereck became close friends with Nikola Tesla According to Tesla, Viereck was the greatest contemporary American poet Tesla occasionally attended dinner parties held by Viereck and his wife He dedicated his poem Fragments of Olympian Gossip to Viereck, a work in which Tesla ridiculed the scientific establishment of the day.Between 1907 and 1912, Viereck turned into a Germanophile In 1908 he published the best selling Confessions of a Barbarian He lectured at the University of Berlin on American poetry in 1911 Notably, he conducted an interview with Adolf Hitler in 1923 which offered hints of what was to come He was a close personal friend of Nicola Tesla He was the person most instrumental in inducing Tesla to work with the German rocket scientists on the p2 project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1936 1937 2 He founded two publications, The International and The Fatherland, which argued the German cause during World War I Viereck became a well known Nazi apologist In 1941, he was indicted in the U.S for a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act when he set up his publishing house, Flanders Hall 3 He was convicted in 1942 for this failure to register with the U S Department of State as a Nazi agent 4 He was imprisoned from 1942 to 1947.Viereck s memoir of life in prison, Men into Beasts, was published as a paperback original by Fawcett Publications in 1952 The book is a general memoir of discomfort, loss of dignity, and brutality in prison life The front matter and backcover text focuses on the situational homosexuality and male rape described in the book witnessed, not experienced, by Viereck The book, while a memoir, is thus the first original title of 1950s gay pulp fiction, an emerging genre in that decade.Viereck also published one of the first known gay vampire novels The House of the Vampire 1907 Not only is this one of the first known gay vampire stories, but it is also one of the first psychic vampire stories where a vampire feeds off than just blood.


    1. As you likely already know, this was one of the first psychic vampire stories ever. Somehow it has become a rumor that it is an erotic novel and features bisexual characters. It doesn’t, so don’t bother if that’s the only reason you want to read it. There are a few scenes that come off homoerotic, and you get the feeling that Ernest, as well as Reginald Clarke, are somewhat effeminate, but they are both definitely straight. It is a little slow paced at first; however, I feel it builds up r [...]

    2. With homosexual and supernatural elements, I guess one would expect something either exceptionally thrilling or totally boring Actually, the plot was interesting, Viereck's writing does keep one asking 'what next', however, I thought the ending a tad bit disappointing. The character of Reginald Clarke was fine but maybe he could have been a bit scarier, and Ernest, well I felt sort of sorry for him at the end Here it is online: ensource/wiki/The_Hou

    3. I only read this novel because the ebook site I downloaded it from a) listed it as possibly the first gay vampire novel and b) listed the author as a nazi apologist, which does seem a perplexing combination!The novel is reasonably well written but shows its age. When compared against a more modern vampire novel (or really any novel) its pace is plodding. The one redeeming feature of the novel is that the vampire isn't a classic vampire and though you manage to guess his power within the first fe [...]

    4. I read this book so fast and I really liked it. It as very unique and entertaining. Although it classifies itself as the first gay vampire novel, I do not think it is gay enough. However, I really love the psychic vampire concept and the part where the vampire can suck more than just blood, they can even suck your minds and souls in diverse ways. Truly a wonderful gem that I really like. It reminded me of Dorian Gray actually. I hope it was longer though but then, it is perfect already in its ow [...]

    5. Well what can I say, I was expecting a little more from a book called house of vampire some more paranormal and horror factor, this book seemed to lack that but it feels intentional like the author was trying to write the book on a more psych level rather than a physical level. The vampire in this book didn't want blood, guts and gore he wanted something different his victims mind, his victims thoughts and well his victims life I guess. I'm not sure whether I really liked this book or disliked i [...]

    6. One of the first psychic vampire novels of its time - where the vampire feeds off of more than just blood - The House of the Vampire is an early classic in its genre. Republished in this new edition, this Victorian novel operates in the continuum of life and death. What has been can be again, though often terribly transformed. Energetically inventive and infused with a relish for the supernatural, especially the trappings of the dark, The House of the Vampire delivers a horror which we know does [...]

    7. What a fun surprise! I'm not really into the vampire thing, but this was a particularly interesting (I thought) view of vampirism from very early in the 20th century. (I don't think it would contain any insights that would be too revelatory for somebody past their 20s, say, but still.) I'm considering using it with a lower-level literature class. It was actually good enough that I went looking for other works by Viereck and discovered (probably on on somewhere, so exercise appropriate caution) [...]

    8. A subtly gripping psychological thriller which explores what is possibly one of man's greatest fears; the losing of one's mind to another. Personally, I liked that this wasn't just your standard blood-sucking vampire book, I thought the choice to have the vampire be after something different was refreshing and innovative.The style and length makes this an easy enough book to pick up and read, the plot is engaging right to the end and the book has withstood the test of time, something which certa [...]

    9. Disappointing. Billed as a vampire story, not so scary, unless you are a poet or something. The "vampire" steals your creativity, your work before it is published. He is an equal opportunity thief because he steals from men and women but mostly men. No death, but madness or brokeness. No chance of being made into a vampire. Again, disappointing.Read on iPhone.

    10. Horror is, perhaps, not the proper category for this book, but it is close enough. The tale features a vampire of a different sort, and is told in brief chapters with a dream-like air. It moves swiftly, despite the languid dialogue. It is an excellent read.

    11. I only got through the first few chapters of this book because it really did not make any sense. There is really no development on the characters and it goes from one subject to the next without following any kind of storyline.

    12. I really liked the originality of this novella, the depth of ideas discussed by the characters and the deliciously inevitable ending. They just don't write like this anymore, and what a shame.

    13. Ho trovato il racconto in sé non di gran qualità a livello di narrazione - storia poco equilibrata, a tratti sbrigativa e a tratti noiosa, scrittura a parer mio estremamente basilare - ma interessantissimo a livello contenutistico. La figura di Reginald Clarke, in primo luogo, è chiaramente ispirata a Oscar Wilde e vuole in un certo senso rendergli omaggio. L'ambientazione è quella affascinantissima della New York dei primi anni del Novecento, in un'epoca già freudiana ma ancora colma di sp [...]

    14. Literally unputdownable, coming from a guy who has no love for vampires. Mr. Sylvester's writing will have you down on your knees, unrelented and focused on his story alone. He has his own, palatable way to be as gripping as some of the modern suspense, thriller writers, such as Dan Brown. Very much a deviated take on an encounter with a vampire.

    15. I listened to this once before, thought it was alright, but listened to it again and enjoyed it much better the second time around. I loved the setting mostly.

    16. okay. so that happened. It is funny because the book is not even that good? I think. Yet it made me feel many things.

    17. This was an interesting book, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. Much of the first half or so of the book is taken up primarily with the characters discussing the philosophy of creativity and art, which is definitely not something I would have expected from a book about vampires. Between that and the fact that two important characters are named Jack and Ernest, this feels very much like it could have been written by Oscar Wilde, if not for the fact that he was dead by the time [...]

    18. Very interesting story, I felt compelled to finish it in one sitting. The title is misleading, only in that it is not the usual story of bloodsucking, dingy castles, and the like. It is also misleading with the "gay" association some of the other reviewers on this site seem to postulate. I felt that Ernest's relationship with Clarke was quite hetero; bear in mind Clarke was his senior and was revered in his field (Ernest was a poet after all, they tend to be a little sentimental I think you'll f [...]

    19. It is hard not to be drawn by originality, and "The House of the Vampire" is anything but unoriginal. Potential readers are warned not to confuse this book for a storyline akin to one of those superficial twilight books. This book is NOT about a silly teenager that falls for a charming vampire. In addition, moving on to the opposite end of the spectrum, this book is nothing like Bram Stoker's Dracula. The House of the Vampire is well, simply put, nothing like any vampire story you know. The prem [...]

    20. I started reading this book expecting it to be about good old-fashioned vampires. I was wrong. And that’s a good thing.The titular vampire in this story does not drain you of your blood but rather your creative genius, your ideas (view spoiler)[and even your life.(hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[(I feel like a psychic vampire is stealing my creativity whenever I have writers block tbh) (hide spoiler)]I loved the prose and the author’s style in this one. Plus it was a quick and easy read (and fr [...]

    21. This Book was terrible. Thank god I didn't pay for it. Firstly, both Earnest and Clarke were so goddamn gay for eachother I was worried that the vampire would be sucking dick not blood. Then I find out that the vampire sucks out the artistic soul and then tells himself it's the devine work of the Gods so he doesn't feel so bad about being a theif. Earnest not only figures this out and manages to find his manuscript but instead of just stealing it back and running off with it he has to be the big [...]

    22. I thought this one was pretty crummy. It's from 1907 and described as the "first gay vampire novel", but its not really a vampire or gay. He's a "psychic vampire", so he just makes people around him tired instead of sucking blood from them, and people get would have gotten tired on their own anyway, it would just take longer. And don't expect anything sexy at all; this is modest even by 1907 standards. The vampire is popular and lots of people hang around him. Before video games came out, guys d [...]

    23. One of the more subtle vampire stories I've read, this is a classic Victorian gothic horror which tells of Ernest Fielding's time at the house of Reginald Clarke, a well known and very well respected poet, play-write and novelist. At first it appears that Reginald is mentoring the young Ernest however as the story progresses more malignant reasons come to light as Clarke's work resembles Ernest's ideas more and more. As he investigates he finds that Clarke is not the man he says he is, but is in [...]

    24. Supposedly the first gay vampire novel as well as the first to describe and actualize psychic vampirism in explicit terms. It's only gay in the A Dorian Grey sort of way, which is via the normalized homosocial atmosphere of England at 'that time.' The psychic vampirism elements are more intriguing, and while fairly predictable in its execution, The House of the Vampire is a useful waypoint in any vampire literature curriculum for that reason. I appreciated the pessimism of the outcome: too often [...]

    25. This was an interesting, creepy read that I downloaded for free on Kobo. I had always thought that the concept of psychic vampirism was a new convention, but this book proved that wrong.After reading some of the comments here on , I realized this book has a bit of a reputation for its portrayal of bisexual characters. If you're looking at this book for "above PG" action, you'll be sorely disappointed. Since I wasn't reading it for that, I wasn't disappointed, and was actually impressed with the [...]

    26. This way quite a gay book, in more than one waysI wasn't happy with Viereck always writing the full name when mentioning the protagonist, after the 10'th time it made me want to stop reading the book. But I never do that, so read on I did.(view spoiler)[Minor spoilery Spoilers ahead for this!I love that this had no Happy end. I like that an old book like this, first published in 1907, used the theme of an 'emotional' & artistic energy sucking Vampire! (hide spoiler)]You can read this at Gute [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book. Definitely not a traditional vampire book; the title is a tad misleading in that. However, the language and vocabulary in this book are exceptional and drew me in from the start. This book progresses the plot very quickly. There are a few long, detailed descriptions or rants, but they are well worded and add to the story instead of detracting. The book ended well, for me at least, with it being as expected and hoped.

    28. I really liked the concept of this book. I loved it actually. thankfully it is free and short. I fell in love with the vampire and I wish I can be a vampire like that too. The literature part with plagiarism theme is very very good and unique. I like it so much! My only wish that it could have been longer and truly gay, with sex scenes and all because the gay part is only implied and you must read between the lines.

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