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Book of the vampire

Author: Nigel Suckling; Bruce Pennington
Publisher: London : Facts, Figures & Fun, ©2008.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Suckling; Bruce Pennington
ISBN: 9781904332824 190433282X
OCLC Number: 270879421
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Contents: I. Dracula's dynasty. Bram Stoker and the literary and cultural background of Dracula --
The vampire in prose, poetry, and on stage during the nineteenth century --
A brief history of Bram Stoker and the progress of his opus from book to stage and to silver screen --
II. The ancient evil. The legends and folklore on vampires that Stoker drew upon for Dracula --
The eighteenth century vampire plagues in Eastern Europe and what scholars made of them --
How the ideas spread to the West --
Premature burial and masticating dead --
The spiritualist perspective. III. Bloodlust. The mystical significance of blood in ancient and medieval times --
The lamia, succubus, ghoul and other vampires in ancient Rome, Greece and the Middle East --
Adam's first wife Lilith as a vampire --
Parallels in other cultures --
IV. Dracula, the Blood Countess and Bluebeard. History and legends of the original Prince Dracula, his kinswoman Countess Elisabeth Bathory of Hungary and Gilles de Retz --
V. The un-living dead. Modern outbreaks of vampire hysteria --
Real vampires in the past century.
Responsibility: Nigel Suckling ; original illustrations by Bruce Pennington.

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