"Throughout the whole vast shadowy world of ghosts and demons," Montague Summers wrote in his 1928 book Vampire: His Kith and Kin, "there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet dight [adorned] with such fearful fascination, as the vampire." The "fearful fascination" that Summers refers to has not waned. In fact, vampire lore abounds-in books and movies, in history and in contemporary life-and today's teens are among the driving forces in what could be called vampire mania.
The Vampire Library examines the world of vampires from a variety of perspectives including history, contemporary life, literature, and film. Lively narrative, personal accounts from the past and present, and strange facts will appeal to casual readers and student researchers alike. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for readers and report writers.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Kiss That Kills 4
Chapter 1 A History Written in Blood 9
Chapter 2 Spirits Walking by Night 26
Chapter 3 A Plague of Vampires 41
Chapter 4 Literature Transforms Lore 57
Source Notes 75
For Further Exploration 77