BN.com Gift Guide

Real Vampires, Night Stalkers and Creatures from the Darkside

( 2 )

Overview


A chilling chronicle of the often ignored history of vampirism as it has surfaced repeatedly in news articles, historical accounts, and first person interviews, this shocking account of occultist rituals and the inhuman forces that influence them shines a light on the horrifying truth. Revealing that real vampires are not immortal, do not have fangs or sleep in coffins, and have no fear of sunlight or crucifixes, the examination dispels many myths but also confirms the truth behind several traits of real ...
See more details below
Paperback
$13.65
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$16.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (29) from $3.89   
  • New (5) from $7.83   
  • Used (24) from $3.89   

Overview


A chilling chronicle of the often ignored history of vampirism as it has surfaced repeatedly in news articles, historical accounts, and first person interviews, this shocking account of occultist rituals and the inhuman forces that influence them shines a light on the horrifying truth. Revealing that real vampires are not immortal, do not have fangs or sleep in coffins, and have no fear of sunlight or crucifixes, the examination dispels many myths but also confirms the truth behind several traits of real vampires, such as the insatiable thirst for blood and the dream of an eternal soul. Complete with 30 spinetingling tales of the hideous wraiths and creatures that lurk in shadow, this fascinating collection includes the stories of the Mexican prostitute who mesmerized an entire village, convincing them she was an Incan goddess who required human sacrifice for her magic; the three teenagers who left a trail across the South as they conducted blooddrinking rituals with animals; and the mysterious Lady in Black who draws psychic energy from men who dare approach her as she wanders through city streets and parks.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Brad Steiger carefully, thoroughly, and yet entertainingly examines the vampire legend ... A true must read, though you might want to read it in the daytime rather than late at night on a full moon."— Alternate Perceptions magazine

"Those interested in [vampires] will find the profiles and history fascinating."— ForeWord magazine

"Brad creates a very compelling book that feels much like sitting around a campfire listening to him entertain and amaze Damn good book - check it out!"— Horrornews.net

"In a period dominated by the "Twilight" series, this book travels beneath fictional myths ... [A] thought-provoking subject survey."— Library Journal

"I have to wonder if Stephenie Meyer would ever have written Twilight if she had read Steiger's book first. I'm sure it would have at least given her pause. I highly recommend Real Vampires for anyone willing to take a look at the kind of night creatures that do not sparkle in the sun."— Linda's Bloghouse

"Real Vampires is thought-provoking, intriguing and prevalent in putting all of the vampire pieces of the puzzle together! A true tour-de-force with solid ramifications that lead only to one thing. A standing ovation!! Bravo!"— Sacramento Press

"Steiger has brought back to life an eerie account of an overlooked and often-forgotten history of vampirism. This dark and sinister read is not for "Twilight" followers, but rather for hardcore enthusiasts of vampire lore, the occult, and the paranormal."— School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Steiger has brought back to life an eerie account of an overlooked and often-forgotten history of vampirism. These creatures are not the sexy, strong, gorgeous, blood-sucking, supernatural beings made popular in literature and film. These vamps are shape-shifting parasites that invade the host like a virus and feed upon its soul, energy, and life force. They are truly monsters and murderers that offer only pain and suffering to their victims. Steiger dispels most vampire lore that has circulated for hundreds of years and discusses a variety of topics including blood cults, clinical vampirism, demon sacrifices, vampire ghosts, cannibalistic murderers, and serial killers, to name a few. His goal is to broaden the definition of vampirism, chronicling known and unknown tales and incorporating real-life experiences to support his research and findings. This dark and sinister read is not for "Twilight" followers, but rather for hardcore enthusiasts of vampire lore, the occult, and the paranormal.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Sacramento Press
Real Vampires is thought-provoking, intriguing and prevalent in putting all of the vampire pieces of the puzzle together! A true tour-de-force with solid ramifications that lead only to one thing. A standing ovation!! Bravo!
Horrornews.net
A very compelling book that feels much like sitting around a campfire listening to [Brad Steiger] entertain and amaze Damn good book-check it out!

ForeWord Magazine
Those interested in [vampires] will find the profiles and history fascinating.

Alternate Perceptions Magazine
Brad Steiger carefully, thoroughly, and yet entertainingly examines the vampire legend . . . A true must read, though you might want to read it in the daytime rather than late at night on a full moon.
Library Journal
In a period dominated by the "Twilight" series, this book travels beneath fictional myths to find more obscure examples of vampirism, including alleged interactions with both physical and intangible entities. Twenty-seven chapters trace the origins of vampirism to Hebrew folklore and explore related paranormal intersections. Steiger (Otherworldly Affaires) approaches each subject journalistically, alternating between objective first- and third-person narratives that include interview quotes. However, his stories lack verifiable documentation. Skepticism aside, this is a thought-provoking subject survey.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592555
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 298,486
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Steiger is an award-winning writer with more than five decades of experience exploring unusual, hidden, secret, and strange occurrences. He is the author of Conspiracies and Secret Societies; Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; and The Werewolf Book. He lives in Forest City, Iowa.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted September 18, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Brad Steiger shines the light of day on the bloodsucking realm.

    Today I finished reading Brad Steiger's excellent new book, Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside.

    As usual, Brad has demonstrated that both his knowledge and his evaluation of his subject are unsurpassed. This new volume is a fitting companion and successor to the one which was written on this topic by Montague Summers, decades ago. Brad has brought his relentless research and eye for detail to bear on this topic, and has not been shy about writing about the spiritual implications, sources, and origins of vampiric entities of all types.

    In this volume, a virtual grimoire on the topic, he examines the role of spiritual intrusion, oppression, and possession in various forms, and how they all manifest in vampiric activity or manifestations. He ties age-old blood cults to modern day vampiric serial killers, and new manifestations such as the black-eyed beings, who must be "invited in" just like the vampires of lore and legend. Brad is not afraid of the hints and explanations given to us in our earliest religions as to the origins of this phenomenon, displaying a necessary boldness that many so-called modern researchers on the paranormal, the mysterious, and the "Fortean" leave lacking in their own research, out of worries of being ridiculed or demeaned by their so-called peers. Not Brad -- He recognizes that all paranormal and spiritual matters are interlinked and interrelated, even when they seem to manifest in our own physical reality.

    All serious students of vampire lore, demonology, the paranormal, and other Fortean topics should read this book. I recommend it as highly and enthusiastically as possible!

    -Wm. Michael Mott
    mottimorphic.com
    Author of Caverns, Cauldrons, and Concealed Creatures, This Tragic Earth: The Art and World of Richard Sharpe Shaver, Pulsifer: A Fable, and Land of Ice, A Velvet Knife

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Hmm

    Very....interesting if i say so myself. It doesnt surprise at all that everyone around my dont take interest in this. I think its very exciting and errie (but the good errie.). 14 year olds read and look at porn magazines and here i am looking and reading legends. :) call me what you may but somethings just cant be change. - Avillenie

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)