Book Review: "Vampires: The Myths, Legends, and Lore"

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Book Review: "Vampires: The Myths, Legends, and Lore"

Postby Hannah R Thomas » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:32 pm

Title: Vampires: The Myths, Legends, and Lore
Author: Aubrey Sherman
Genre: Non-fiction, History, Facts

Goodreads Synopsis:
A thrilling treasury of vampire lore!

Since the seventeenth century, people have been frightened, mesmerized, and fascinated by the terrifying tales of vampires. In this book, you'll uncover the history and mystery behind these bloodthirsty monsters with folklore, mythology, and poetry from every tradition in the world. From the Bosnian Lampir, whose disease-ridden corpse spread infection and death throughout villages, to Bram Stoker's charming Dracula, who helped define modern-day vampires, the wicked stories surrounding these nocturnal beings are sure to captivate anyone who has ever wondered about these shadow-loving creatures. Whether you're interested in exploring the culture of vampires or just want to learn more about their supernatural abilities, you'll discover dozens of compelling tales, historical accounts, and haunting legends that shed some light on these sinister beings.

Complete with detailed illustrations, Vampires reveals the dark allure and gruesome power of these creatures of the night.


This was a fantastic read! The author went into a lot of depth about vampires when it came to its origins, history, etc. She began with how vampirism came to be through the very basic religion and then expanded from there: describing what other nations thought of vampirism. A lot did involve Bram Stoker's Dracula, the classical vampire tale. On top of this, other vampire works were created and mentioned. As time went on, she talked about how society developed new vampires. For example, the energy and blood-feeding kinds. In addition to this, she mentioned films, plays, and even internet relations to vampirism. There is a section that I do believe to be somewhat of a "personal" opinion when it came to connections with real life killers.

In the end, it did feel incomplete. Ending with vampire hunters, the author went straight into her references. I do feel that there was something missing in the end.

In conclusion, being someone crazy when it comes to vampires, this is a book that vampire fanatics would love!
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