Parry, Michael

Parry, Michael (1947–)

(pop culture)

Michael Parry, a British horror writer and anthologist, was born on October 7, 1947, in Brussels, Belgium. His entry into the horror field came through the cinema. As a teenager, he began to write film reviews of horror movies and news stories in the field. In 1969, he wrote and produced Hex, a short surrealistic film that used a black magic theme. His first book was a novel based on the screenplay of the Hammer Films vampire movie, Countess Dracula (1971), about Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Although most of his work has been western novels, throughout the 1970s and 1980s he produced a series of anthologies of horror fiction. His anthologies—many which included vampire stories—were notable for the knowledge Parry demonstrated of the vast field of horror short fiction. Two of these anthologies, Christopher Lee’s X Certificate (1975) and The Great Villains (1976) were done with Christopher Lee, the contemporary actor most identified with the role of Dracula. His most famous vampire book was Rivals of Dracula (1977), which, along with Les Shepard‘s Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories (1977) made the most important vampire short stories available to a growing audience of vampire enthusiasts.


Ashley, Mike. Who’s Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction. London: Elm Tree Books, 1977. 240 pp.
Parry, Michel. Countess Dracula. London: Sphere Books, 1971. Rept. New York: Beagle Books, 1971. 140 pp.
———. Rivals of Dracula. London: Corgi Books, 1977. 190 pp.
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