The Feasting Dead

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The Feasting Dead
Feasting dead.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration by Frank Utpatel for The Feasting Dead
Author John Metcalfe
Cover artist Frank Utpatel
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 123 pp

The Feasting Dead is a horror novel by author John Metcalfe. It was published by Arkham House in 1954 in an edition of 1,242 copies. It was the only book published by Arkham House in 1954.

Plot summary[edit]

The story is about a young English boy, Denis, who, while in France falls under the influence of a vampiric being, from the folklore of Auvergne and the misfortune that befalls him.


Boucher and McComas praised the novel as "highly welcome in a period where literate supernatural horror is so rare."[1]


A new edition was issued by Valancourt Books in 2014.


  1. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, August 1954, p.78.
  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. pp. 44–45. ISBN 1-55742-005-X. 
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 35. 
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. p. 60. ISBN 0-87054-176-5. 
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 75–76. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.