14 Sep 2019

Vampires: Myths and Misconceptions

T. M. Bohn. The Vampire: Origins of a European Myth. Berghahn Books (1 Sept. 2019)

A. P. Sylvia. Vampires of Lore: Traditional Tales and Modern Misconceptions. Schiffer Publishing. (28 Sept. 2019)

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T. M. Bohn. The Vampire: Origins of a European Myth. Berghahn Books (1 Sept. 2019)

Even before Bram Stoker immortalized Transylvania as the homeland of his fictional Count Dracula, the figure of the vampire was inextricably tied to Eastern Europe in the popular imagination. Drawing on a wealth of heretofore neglected sources, this book offers a fascinating account of how vampires-whose various incarnations originally emerged from the folk traditions of societies throughout the world-became identified with such a specific region. It demonstrates that the modern conception of the vampire was born in the crucible of the Enlightenment, embodying a mysterious, Eastern "otherness" that stood opposed to Western rationality.





A. P. Sylvia. Vampires of Lore: Traditional Tales and Modern Misconceptions. Schiffer Publishing. (28 Sept. 2019)

Vampire . . . the word immediately conjures up bloodstained fangs, an aversion to sunlight, bats, garlic, and wooden stakes. These undead immortals have haunted our favorite books, television shows, and movies for decades. This exploration of a seemingly supernatural topic delves into past traditions around the world and how those traditions have affected our pop-culture modern-day monster. Explore belief systems as well as origins of various notions we all seem to have about vampires, and unearth the bloody dirt about this mystical creature. Discover differences and similarities between the realm of folklore and what modern media has taught us. Did villagers really use wooden stakes, garlic, and mirrors? What about vampires turning into bats or hypnotizing victims? Did they really cause disease, turn into dogs, and sleep in coffins? Topics are arranged by trait so that the reader can consider each characteristic before believing or dismissing it.