Vampires Through the Ages: Lore and Legends of the World's Most Notorious Blood Drinkers

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Interred in shadows no more, the vampire mythos is illuminated in this captivating exploration of one of the world’s most sinister—and feared—creatures.

Join Brian Righi as he unearths the truth behind myths and beliefs, both ancient and modern. He traces the evolution of the vampire—from Dracula’s mysteriously empty grave and the enduring legend it spawned to terrifying documented cases of the real-life blood drinkers of today. Sordid and sultry, the vampire’s long and gruesome...

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Overview

Interred in shadows no more, the vampire mythos is illuminated in this captivating exploration of one of the world’s most sinister—and feared—creatures.

Join Brian Righi as he unearths the truth behind myths and beliefs, both ancient and modern. He traces the evolution of the vampire—from Dracula’s mysteriously empty grave and the enduring legend it spawned to terrifying documented cases of the real-life blood drinkers of today. Sordid and sultry, the vampire’s long and gruesome history is revealed:

—Various cultures’ beliefs and superstitions surrounding bloodthirsty immortals
—Chilling true accounts of the unquenchable bloodlust of historical figures such as Vlad the Impaler and Countess Báthory
—Stories and lore from villagers, as recalled from the author’s travels through Romania
—Serial killers who suffered from delusions of vampirism
—How the early Christian church inadvertently fed into the 18th-century Eastern European vampire scare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738726489
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/8/2012
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 1,371,716
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Righi has been interested in psychic phenomena since he was a child and first began to chronicle the folklore of vampires while hiking through Eastern Europe. A member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Ghost Hunters, he gives lectures and investigates claims of the supernatural throughout the country. His other books include Ghosts, Apparitions and Poltergeists (Llewellyn), Ghosts of Fort Worth: Investigating Cowtown’s Most Haunted Locations, and Supernatural Texas: A Field Guide (Schiffer Publ). The author lives in Abilene, Texas.

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