The Science of Vampires

The Science of Vampires

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by Katherine Ramsland
     
 

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·         Are any vampire myths based on fact?

·         Bloodsucking villain to guilt-ridden loner—what has inspired the redemption of the vampire in fiction and film?

·         What is Vampire Personality Disorder? What

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·         Are any vampire myths based on fact?

·         Bloodsucking villain to guilt-ridden loner—what has inspired the redemption of the vampire in fiction and film?

·         What is Vampire Personality Disorder? What causes a physical addiction to another person’s blood?

·         Are there any boundaries in the polysexual world of vampires?

·         How could a vampire hide in today’s world of advanced forensic science?

·         What is the psychopathology of the vampire?

·         What happens in the brain of a vampire’s victim?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Biographer of Anne Rice and Dean Koontz, Ramsland (The Forensic Science of CSI) ranges over everything from quantum mechanics to feng shui in explaining the evolution of "a mostly fictional creature." Because every vampire television series, novel and role-playing game has created variations on exactly what a vampire is, Ramsland admittedly runs into some difficulty applying science to these "shapeshifters," making for some slippery discussions. For example, Ramsland reviews crime scene procedures or ponders such questions as whether vampires have a full range of bodily fluids with equal earnestness. In her quest for real-life vampires, she studies blood-drinking club goers who identify with the mysterious monsters but are not actual murderers, but also relates tales about serial killers such as Ted Bundy because they exhibit vampiric traits such as remorselessness and lust for destruction. The discussion of contemporary vampirism and its relationship to "goth" and bondage subcultures is informative, though the explanation of "psychic vampires" (those who manipulate others and feed off of their mental anguish) is less so. While this is not a scholarly book aimed at the scientific community, and it may not surprise Dracula devotees, it serves as a useful compendium of folklore and popular culture for those with a casual interest in vampires, a group whose membership regularly rises during the Halloween season. (Sept. 24) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425186169
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
798,720
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Ramsland has a master's degree in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has published eighteen books, including biographies of Anne Rice and Dean Koontz, and the novel Heat Seekers. She currently writes forensics articles for Court TV's Crime Library.

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The Science of Vampires 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This was an awesome book! It goes into detail Foresicly and how it relates to vampire lore. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Vampires or in Forensic science. A must have!!!!!!