Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism

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Praeger, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 200 pages
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Long before "Dracula," people were fascinated by vampires. The interest has continued in more recent times with Anne Rice's Lestat novels, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the HBO series "True Blood," and the immensely popular "Twilight." But vampires are not just the stuff of folklore and fiction. Based upon extensive interviews with members of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance and others within vampire communities throughout the United States, this fascinating book looks at the details of real vampire life and the many expressions of vampirism as it now exists.

In V"ampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism," Joseph Laycock argues that today's vampires are best understood as an identity group, and that vampirism has caused a profound change in how individuals choose to define themselves. As vampires come "out of the coffin," as followers of a "religion" or "lifestyle" or as people biologically distinct from other humans, their confrontation with mainstream society will raise questions, as it does here, about how we define "normal" and what it means to be human.

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This is a must have for the awakening vampire/donor/acolyte/family,friend, fan's of such. It is a none biased look from Dr. Joseph Laycock; it is one of my personal reference books that has my notes & book marks all through it. I use it often: when performing my pastoral duties as vampire/donor clergy. The author is respectful, insightful, & cover's various viewpoints of various real vampires from all walks of life. This book is a broad over view into an ancient form of energy work that has touched all aspects of spirituality since time immemorial; but remains to be unique & rare in our lifetime. I have purchased many books on real vampirism (some written by real vampires and some books by none vampires); many of these books end up going to the Goodwill or donated to the library; because I personally don't like to think of our community as weak, needy, deficient. As a woman, military, veteran, & responsible part of the vampire clergy; that is not who I am; nor the Vampires/Donors I have met from all over the world through out my life in the vampire community from age 13 to my current age 46. This is an objective view from various vampires without having to buy into a feeling of weakness, deficiency, lack of empowerment. People starting out on the vampire path don't want to start out that way feeling hopeless, useless, not empowered. This book expresses various views without claiming any of them to be the gospel for all energy workers.
Many Blessings,
Libby Hodges
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What Is a Vampire? or The Varieties of Vampiric Experience
Why Vampires?
The Vampire Milieu

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JOSEPH LAYCOCK is an independent scholar and recipient of a grant from the Pluralism Project.

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