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

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