The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires: Fascinating Vampire Lore from Eastern Europe, Greece, Italy, and the Middle East

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Penguin, Jan 21, 2009 - Social Science - 304 pages

Vampires are the hottest topic in popular culture today. From the now classic novels of Anne Rice, to the mega-selling series by Stephanie Meyer to the hit HBO series True Blood based on the bestselling novels of Charlaine Harris, the undead are certainly not dead in terms of books sales. Now, those curious about the history and lore of these creatures can get up to speed in the refreshed edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires. It provides a detailed explanation of the origins of vampires and insight into the fascination they hold in literature and belief.


Complete history and origins of this mythic creature.

An explanation of the various rules that vampires exist by.

A lively and exhaustive literary discussion of vampires and their importantce in fiction.

 

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Contents

Spadework
3
True to Life
12
ComeBack Kids
15
Blood Types
29
Meet the Monsters
36
Deep Feelings at Stake
41
Pangs and Fangs
42
Lonely Hearts in Circulation
50
Out of the Coffin
145
Out of the Coffin
147
Occult Cults of Counterculture
155
Cutting Edge
159
Blood Is Thicker
162
Blood Clinic
171
Inner Vamps Inner Victims
183
Part k Classic Vampires We Love to Hate
195

Vamp Camp
55
Getting to Know You
56
Must Have You
63
Gory Lore
67
Earthy Types
69
Long in the Tooth
81
Suckers from All Over
93
Blood Relations and Kindred Spirits
105
Mania in Transylvania
119
Tell Me Another
124
Bad Old Vlad
131
The Romance Is Back
207
Romantic and Victorian Vampires
211
Road to Ruin
215
The Count
225
Lit Crit Gets Bit
233
Cooking with Rice
237
Venal Vampire
241
Undying Classics
249
Glossary
261
Index
271
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JAY STEVENSON, Ph.D., teaches writing, English literature, and cultural studies at Rutgers University and is the author of five Complete Idiot's Guides. He has written for studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and for the Grinnell Review.

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