Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead

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University of Michigan Press, Jul 28, 2006 - Social Science - 260 pages
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The first book to explore the origins of the vampire slayer

“A fascinating comparison of the original vampire myths to their later literary transformations.”
—Adam Morton, author of On Evil

“From the Balkan Mountains to Beverly Hills, Bruce has mapped the vampire’s migration. There’s no better guide for the trek.”
—Jan L. Perkowski, Professor, Slavic Department, University of Virginia, and author of Vampires of the Slavs and The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism

“The vampire slayer is our protector, our hero, our Buffy. But how much do we really know about him—or her? Very little, it turns out, and Bruce McClelland shows us why: because the vampire slayer is an unsettling figure, almost as disturbing as the evil she is set to destroy. Prepare to be frightened . . . and enlightened.”
—Corey Robin, author of Fear: The History of a Political Idea

“What is unique about this book is that it is the first of its kind to focus on the vampire hunter, rather than the vampire. As such, it makes a significant contribution to the field. This book will appeal to scholars and researchers of folklore, as well as anyone interested in the literature and popular culture of the vampire.”
—Elizabeth Miller, author of Dracula and A Dracula Handbook

“Shades of Van Helsing! Vampirologist extraordinaire Bruce McClelland has managed that rarest of feats: developing a radically new and thoroughly enlightening perspective on a topic of eternal fascination. Ranging from the icons of popular culture to previously overlooked details of Balkan and Slavic history and folk practice, he has rethought the borders of life and death, good and evil, saint and sinner, vampires and their slayers. Excellent scholarship, and a story that never flags.”
—Bruce Lincoln, Caroline E. Haskell Professor of History of Religions, University of Chicago, and author of Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship,Authority: Construction and Corrosion, and Death, War, and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology and Practice
 

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Imagine the Earth in 2500 BC, 3 mile high polar ice sheets are loosened by uranium fracking in the Antarctic. They plunge into the Artic sea causing mile high waves that devastate everything in their path as they slosh back and forth over the Earth. Nature responds with 40 days of rainfall to wash away the salt deposited by the mile high waves. Only the very highest mountain peaks offer safety from first the DELUGE, and then the flood. Only the pyramids with their unique above and below construction remain standing. There is no food save for the 6 billion bodies that are piling up like mountains on the seashores.The sea salt preserving the bodies , some survivors, then nearly most of them began to gouge on not just the flesh, but on the blood of the salted corpses. An immortality of not just the flesh, but of the spirit, has been found. After a passage of time, the Earth rebounds as do the survivors. Some remain human with normal appetites, while a good percentage remain in the way of the vampire/ghoul, feasting on the blood and flesh of those who returned to normalcy. Great wars are waged between the two species, people envelop themselves in spider silk to sleep safely. He who built and designed the first pyramid, discovers a potent, yet highly addictive substance that repels the vampires, NICOTINE.
Another highly effective talisman is the six pointed star(sic) Attrition and a nonexistent birth rate end the great vampire wars defeat the vampires/ghouls. Although with immortality on their side, they are never quite wiped out,
 

Contents

Back from the Dead
15
Conversion in the Balkans
31
Scapegoats and Demons
49
Into the West
78
Seers and Slayers
92
Seeing the Dead
111
The Rational Slayer
126
From Vienna to London
147
The Slayer Generation
168
APPENDIX
187
NOTES
193
BIBLIOGRAPHY
233
INDEX
257
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