Bloody Irish: Great Irish Vampire Storiesby Bob Curran
Contrary to popular belief, vampire stories originated in Ireland, including the most famous, Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece, Dracula. Vampire legends in Ireland have a long legacy and are derived from ancient Celtic beliefs about death, which said that the dead often returned in order to receive some form of recompense for their continued protection over their descendents. From the spine-tingling classics of Irish literature to lore, ephemera, and actual historical accounts, this book provides an unprecedented examination of the most entrancing of subjects-Celtic vampire legends. Included are four modern and ancient tales of Irish vampires and a discussion of how these ancient Celtic beliefs were assimilated by Christianity and how the Irish Christian Church transmuted these ancient ghosts into the malevolent demon, the vampire.
Author Biography: Bob Curran is the author of A Field Guide to Irish Fairies, An Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology, The Creatures of Irish Myth, and Banshees, Beasts, and Brides from the Sea: Irish Tales of the Supernatural. He lives in Northern Ireland.
- Merlin Publishing, Dublin
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- 4.98(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.49(d)
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This book is a handful of vampire inspired stories from Ireland. As I find both topics entrancing, I had to have this book! And it did not disappoint. Sure, the tales are simple, and the book is an easy read. But I know I will be shivering under the covers tonight, thinking about those scary stories! Don’t pass this book by if either topic interests you.
Celtic vampire stories, what could be better? Each story is interesting in its own right. The author pulls folk stories from the irish history and tells a thrilling tale of vampires on the emerald isle. My favorite is Miss O'Hare, just a captivating little story. I discovered this book in the bargain section at my local Barnes and Noble store and consider it as one of my best buys. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in Ireland, vampires, or just looking for neat conversation peice or coffee table book. This is a great book to have around when you have a few minutes and want something interesting to just pick up and scan through.
This book is one that truly surprised me. Many of the tales collected in this book were ones I have never come across before, but were still able to send definite chills down my spine. In most vampire collections, the same stories are repeated, much out of necessity (what collection would be complete without '___'?), so to have a book with all new legends and tales was truly refreshing. Curran did an expert job pulling these tales together, and my library is much richer for it.