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By J Gordon Melton

Revised, up-to-date, and enlarged, this tremendous reference is an alphabetic travel of the psychosexual, macabre global of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and suggested realities of vampires and vampire legends from around the globe, many features are uncovered—historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and renowned. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula and Lestat, this exhaustive advisor furnishes greater than 500 essays, a vampire chronology, and 60 pages of vampire assets. entire with targeted illustrations and pictures, the third variation of this well known authority contains a wealth of present occasions, together with the Twilight phenomenon; modern authors of vampire romance; the expansion and improvement of real, self-identified vampire groups; and prominent television exhibits from Buffy to precise Blood.

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By no means absent from the literature. These vampires exist in a number of forms, although by far the majority of them are the risen dead. As commonly understood, the characteristics shared by all of these vampire entities is their need for blood, which they take from living human beings and animals. A multitude of creatures from the world’s mythology have been labeled vampires in the popular literature simply because periodic bloodsucking was among their many attributes. When the entire spectrum of vampires is considered, however, that seemingly common definition falls by the wayside, or, at the very least, must be considered only supplemental to the overall nature of some vampires.

Living a life in the taverns, he eventually met a woman named Darla (Julie Benz) who turned out to be a vampire. She sired him and as a vampire he took the name Angelus, a reference to his reputation as a vicious monster with an angelic face. He spent the first decades as a vampire in Europe. He killed freely, like other vampires, lacking any conscience. Early victims included his own family and neighbors. His search for further victims eventually led him to eastern Europe. In 1898, Angelus slew the favorite daughter of a tribe of Romanian Gypsies.

It, like food, is merely consumed. Oftentimes, modern vampires even report getting a psychological or sexual high from drinking blood. Once it is settled that the word “vampire” covers a wide variety of creatures, a second problem arises. As a whole, the vampires themselves are unavailable for direct examination. With a few minor exceptions, the subject of this volume is not vampires per se, but the human belief about vampires and vampirism. That being the case, some methodology was needed for considering human belief in entities that objectively do not exist–indeed, for understanding my own fascination with a fictional archetype.

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