The Vampire Dictionary [NOOK Book]

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Imagine a world in which it’s possible for the dead to return to life to feed on the living. In that world, soon after burying a loved one who died mysteriously, you must watch as other members of your family begin growing weaker, as if life itself is slowly being drained out of them.

One by one, they too begin to die. Finally, when you yourself begin losing your strength, you are forced to face the horrible truth, that your dead loved one ...
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Overview

Imagine a world in which it’s possible for the dead to return to life to feed on the living. In that world, soon after burying a loved one who died mysteriously, you must watch as other members of your family begin growing weaker, as if life itself is slowly being drained out of them.

One by one, they too begin to die. Finally, when you yourself begin losing your strength, you are forced to face the horrible truth, that your dead loved one may be a vampire. You go the grave and exhume the body to look for the telltale signs and discover it has hardly decayed, its hair and finger nails have continued to grow, its stomach is swollen, and, the most telling sign of all, a stain of blood surrounds the corpse’s mouth.

Upon further examination, you discover the heart itself is filled with blood. With trepidation you must cremate the heart and decapitate the corpse. Soon afterward, however, you and your surviving family members begin feeling better and eventually recover fully. The curse of the vampire has been broken.

Imagine, on the other hand, that, you have grown too weak to hunt down the unholy creature responsible for your illness. In fact, you’re so ill, you black out. When you finally come to, you’re cold and in utter darkness. Soon you realize you’ve been buried alive. You begin kicking and screaming until exhaustion overcomes you. Then, just as you’re about to gasp your last breath, the top of your coffin breaks open and, to your relief, you see that your family and neighbors have arrived to rescue you in the nick of time.

You want to smile and thank them but you’re too busy trying to recover your breath. You can only feel how grateful you are your nightmare is over. Then, just as you attempt to stand, one of your rescuers shoves a wooded stake through your heart, and once again your world falls into blackness, this time forever.



Today these chilling accounts seem possible only in the dark imaginations of horror novelists like Ann Rice and Stephen King. Vampires, ghouls, ghosts, zombies or any other creatures that return from the dead to terrorize the living are considered purely fictional. The imaginary world I just described makes for frighteningly good entertainment but nobody in their right mind would consider it real. Or would they?

I submit to you that until about a hundred and fifty years ago, the world I’ve just described was the reality for most people. Virtually every known culture that has ever existed has believed in some form of vampire, from the ancient Sumerians to the inhabitants of New England just a few generations ago.

Today, through the eyes of science and modern medicine, we realize the deadly plagues that swept through the Middle East, Europe and Asia during in the 6th and 14th centuries, responsible for the deaths of 175 million people, was the bubonic plague, caused by rats, not vampires. We also know the low mortality rate of children, throughout history and today is caused by poverty and poor health conditions, not because vampires like the blood of children more than that of others. And, when an otherwise healthy infant dies suddenly in the night for no apparent reason, we no longer assume a demon of the night is responsible. We simply call it SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which may not be any less mysterious, but somehow sounds better to our modern rational minds.

Today our vampires have become our diseases.

In this dictionary, learn the terminology associated with the Vampire and the world of the night. See life through the eyes of the children of the night.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011937811
  • Publisher: Gregory Branson-Trent
  • Publication date: 10/13/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,328,093
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gregory Branson-Trent has been a published author for 16 years now. His writing has spanned from biography style works to science fiction and non-fiction. His first release was the book Olivia Newton-John…More Than Physical, a biography styled book in 1994. He continued with, Magic: The Music of Olivia Newton-John (released September 2007), The Unexplained: Amelia Earhart, Bermuda Triangle, Atlantis, Aliens And Ghosts (released December 2009), Vampires Among Us: Children Of The Night (released February 2010), An Encyclopedia Of Paranormal Events (released February 2010), and has many other books. Included is a series of books about paranormal psychology Ghosts, Hauntings, And The Dark Side Of The Cemetery (released September 2008), Return To The Cemetery: More Ghosts And Hauntings (released November 2009), Haunted Hollywood: Ghosts of The Dead Famous (releasing January 2011), and Haunted Houses: Around The World (released March 2010).
In early 2009 he released Mysteries Of The Unexplained: Vampires, Aliens, Ghosts, Atlantis, and Bigfoot. He is also in the process of releasing a science fiction series with Project Exodus: Child of Light, Child of Darkness, and Project Exodus: Dark Awakening. And coming soon, the novel Grandma Ran A Whore House. Also the books… The History Of Christmas, From Saint To Santa: The History Of Santa Claus and The History Of Halloween.
In the coming years, Gregory will continue his book series exploring the Metaphysical. His current releases explore Wicca and also an Encyclopedia of Magick. In other releases there will be books on Tarot, Runes, Chakra, and the Healing Properties of Stones and Crystals. Look for the following titles: Magick: Wicca Witchcraft And The Book Of Shadows (released 2010), The Encyclopedia Of Magick And The Occult (releasing January 2011), Inside The Chakra: An Experience In Natural Magick, Inside The World Of Tarot And Magick, Runes A Guide to Divination and Magick Uses, The Witch’s' Kitchen: Incense Oil And Candle Recipes, The Witch's Spell Book, The Witches' Halloween and The Magick and Healing Properties of Crystals, Metals and Stones.
Look for books by Gregory Branson-Trent online at gregorybranson-trent.com.
Gregory Branson-Trent books are distributed worldwide through Ingram Distributers.
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