Milan: Feltrinelli Editore, 1960. 1st Edition. Thick octavo, publisher's mint green paper-covered boards lettered in black, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of this international anthology of vampire stories (which translates as "Vampires Among Us"), with selections by Poe, Voltaire, Polidori, Gogol, Maupassant, Gautier, Conan Doyle, Lautréamont, M.R. James, Ray Bradbury, and many more. Published in Italy in the early days of giallo, the mystery/thriller literary genre so named for its typically yellow paperback covers, the collection helped inaugurate a run of psycho-sexual horror films that became a pop phenomenon in the mid-to-late 1960s. "Vampires were the sensation of the moment...In April 1960, the prestigious Feltrinelli published an anthology volume edited by Ornella Volta and Valerio Riva...It would prove to be a major resource for scriptwriters and filmmakers in the following years" (Curti, Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957-1969). French filmmaker Roger Vadim, who contributes a preface as well as lending his name to the title, based his vampire film Blood and Roses (released the same year) on the short story "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu, collected here. Text in Italian (the anthology went on to be published in abridged editions in French and English). Dust jacket illustrated with a filmstill from Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr (1932). Worm damage to upper corner of rear board and approximately one-third of text (affecting margin only), as well as to rear panel of unclipped, lightly soiled dust jacket. A victim of its own subject matter – nonetheless, striking and scarce, especially in jacket. Item #751