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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 ...
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 spine-tingling 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 blood-drinking 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.
"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
"I have to wonder if Stephenie Meyer would ever have written Twilight if she had read Steiger's book first. 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 Godfrey, Linda's Bloghouse
"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!" —horrornews.net
"Those interested in [vampires] will find the profiles and history fascinating." — ForeWord Magazine
"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
"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
Posted September 18, 2009
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
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
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Posted January 6, 2013
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. - AvillenieWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.