The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires [NOOK Book]

Overview

Vampires are the hottest topic in popular culture today. From the now classic novels of Anne Rice, to the mega-selling series by Stephanie Meyer to the hit HBO series True Blood based on the bestselling novels of Charlaine Harris, the undead are certainly not dead in terms of books sales. Now, those curious about the history and lore of these creatures can get up to speed in the refreshed edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires. It provides a detailed explanation of the origins of vampires and insight ...

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Overview

Vampires are the hottest topic in popular culture today. From the now classic novels of Anne Rice, to the mega-selling series by Stephanie Meyer to the hit HBO series True Blood based on the bestselling novels of Charlaine Harris, the undead are certainly not dead in terms of books sales. Now, those curious about the history and lore of these creatures can get up to speed in the refreshed edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires. It provides a detailed explanation of the origins of vampires and insight into the fascination they hold in literature and belief.


Complete history and origins of this mythic creature.


An explanation of the various rules that vampires exist by.


A lively and exhaustive literary discussion of vampires and their importantce in fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101020012
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/21/2009
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,351,884
  • File size: 832 KB

Meet the Author

JAY STEVENSON, Ph.D., teaches writing, English literature, and cultural studies at Rutgers University and is the author of five Complete Idiot's Guides. He has written for studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and for the Grinnell Review.
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Table of Contents

I. POINTS OF ENTRY.

1. Spadework.
Rising from Obscurity. Poison Pen Pals. Stage Frights. True to Life.

2. Come-Back Kids.
Dead but Undaunted. Pick Your Poison. Monster Mash.

3. Blood Types.
Bloody Study. Bad Spirits. Meet the Monsters. Vampires Are Us.

4. Deep Feelings at Stake.
Pangs and Fangs. Fatal Attractions. Playing with Matches. Lonely Hearts in Circulation.

5. Vamp Camp.
Getting to Know You. Pale Imitations. Horrible Horror. I Must Have You!

II. GORY LOVE.

6. Earthy Types.
What's in a Name? Scattered Remains. Turn for the Worse. Tale from the Crypt.

7. Long in the Tooth.
Old Bats. Indian Bloodlines. Vampires Going Greek. When in Rome. Iran from Vampires.

8. Suckers from All Over.
Eastern Beasts. Black Magic. South of the Border. Vampire Empire. Entertaining Terrors.

9. Blood Relations and Kindred Spirits.
Menaces of Distinction. Charming Companions. Putting on the Dog. Scavenger Hunt. Bad Spirits.

10. Mania in Transylvania.
Unfinished Business. Temporary Burial. Tell MeAnother. Dead Reckoning.

11. Bad Old Vlad.
Fact and Fiction. Dragon's Brood. A Prince of a Fiend. Local Hero. Bloodbath Beth.

III. OUT OF THE COFFIN.

12. The Drain Game.
On a Role. A World Apart. Blood Feud. Spinning Out of Control.

13. Honest to Goth.
What's the Word. …What Music They Make. Spreading Darkness. Killer Fashion. Occult Cults of Counterculture.

14. Night Life.
Bat's Eye View. Mythic Beings. Teeth of the Movement. Flocking Together.

15. Cutting Edge.
Tapping the Source. Blood Is Thicker. Cases in Point. Looking Sharp.

16. Blood Clinic.
Blood Rushes to the Head. Psyched Out. Bloody Archives. Bloody Murder. Copy Cat Bats. Playing Rough. Hit List.

17. Inner Vamps, Inner Victims.
Demon Scheme. Blood Test. PBAS, PBAR, PBIS, and PBIR. PShAS, PShAR, PShIS, and PshIR. VBAS, VBAR, VBIS, and VBIR. VShAS, VShAR, VShIS, and VshIR.

IV. NOVEL IDEAS.

18. Written in Blood.
What Are We, Barbarians? A Place in the Dark. Nice Meets Vice. The Romance Is Back.

19. Romantic and Victorian Vampires.
Drawing First Blood. Road to Ruin. Toujour L'amour. Serial Killer. Girls' Night Out.

20. The Count.
A Cut Above the Rest. Choosing Sides. Lit Crit Gets Bit.

21. Bloody Pulp.
Worth the Paper They're Printed On. Too Much Is Never Enough. Comic Relief. Comics Revamped.

22. Grave Plots and Toothsome Tales.
The Science of Sucking. Hard-Boiled Horror. Pages Turned. Cape-Sweeping Sagas. Scare Packages.

23. Cooking with Rice.
Dark Times. Venal Vampire. Made to Be Broken. Their Human Side.

V. CREATURE FEATURES.

24. Undying Classics.
Silent but Deadly. I Am Dlacoolah! Monster Mill. Making His Mark.

25. Bloodsucking Cinema.
Forging a Dynasty. Reels on a Roll. Young Blood. It Takes All Kinds. Die Laughing.

26. That Pale Glow.
There Goes the Neighborhood. Afternoon Darkness. Bloodsucker in Blue. Gruesome Guests.

27. Buffy Stuff.
Back to the Drawing Board. Love, Laughter, and Monstrous Evil. What in the World. Slayer Style.

Appendix A. Underground Directory.
Appendix B. A Gloss on Death.
Appendix C. Blood Imbibliography.
Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Serious omission in this book. Where is Lori Herter?

    I was so excited to see this book in the store. I have been a fan of vampire lore for as long as I can remember. I was even more excited to see the chapter entitled 'Grave Plots and Toothsome Tales' and in this chapter on page 238 the heading 'Passion Parasites'. Here the author mentions the genre of vampire romances, along with many of the talented authors that write these great tales. I was however, very dismayed to see that, author LORI HERTER was left out of this list of writers. Ms. Herter's Obession series, which included four titles, Obsession, Possession, Confession and Eternity pioneered the modern day vampire romance genre. The authors mentioned in Mr. Stevenson's book are all authors with their vampire romances still on the shelves, while Ms. Herter's series is out of print. But, I feel, with the proper research, Mr. Stevenson would have seen, that Lori Herter's name and contribution to the world of vampire romance literature would have been a 'must mention' in his book. This omission leaves me to wonder, what and/or who else did Mr. Stevenson omit simply because it would have required more detailed research. Hopefully, in the future, other books and guides dealing with this subject, will not only mention and feature Lori Herter, but they will interview Ms. Herter and use that interview as their opening to the introduction of the world of vampire romance.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Great Background Information

    Easy to understand, great guide compiled with background information, impressive facts. Educational book for the current fiction trend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Vampires

    Vampires are sooooo cool. I wish i could be one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Love Love Love!

    I have always been a fan of vamps, but this book made me even more of a fan! It is sooo easy to understand and a great guide too.

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