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


·         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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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.

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Meet the Author

Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. has published twenty-five books, including two novels.  She holds graduate degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, and philosophy.  Currently she teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.  After publishing two academic books, she wrote Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice. Then she published guidebooks to Rice's fictional worlds: The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, The Witches' Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches, The Roquelaure Reader: A Companion to Anne Rice's Erotica, and The Anne Rice Reader. Her next work was Dean Koontz: A Writer’s Biography, and afterward ventured into journalism with a two-year investigation of the vampire subculture, to write Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today.  Following that was Ghost, Cemetery Stories, and The Science of Vampires.

Her background in forensic studies positioned her to write The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Criminal Mind, as well as co-writing with former FBI profiler, Gregg McCrary, The Unknown Darkness.  In addition, she wrote The Science of Cold Case Files, and Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers and she pens editorials on breaking forensic cases for The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Her latest books are The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, and with James E. Starrs, A Voice for the Dead.

She has penned articles and reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Writer, Psychology Today, The Newark Star Ledger,and Publishers Weekly.  She contributes regularly to Court TV’s Crime Library, is a staff consultant for the official U.K.-based magazine for C.S.I., has a column in Crime, Murder, Forensics, and has published more than three hundred articles about serial killers, forensic psychology, and forensic science.


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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!!!!!!