Vampires: Encounters With the Undead

Vampires: Encounters With the Undead

by David J. Skal


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The most wide-ranging collection of vampire tales ever features two centuries of spine-tingling writing, from John Polidori to Robert Block, Alexis Tolstoy to Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Henry Kuttner. Every page of Vampires features a column of commentary by the editor, expanding upon the stories and exploring the evolution of the vampire mystique in folklore, literature, and popular culture. More than 200 beautifully rendered black-and-white images of vintage engravings, film posters, and popular artifacts make this big book the “living end” of vampire fact, fiction, and lore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579124755
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David J. Skal’s many books include Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, Screams of Reason, and, with Elias Savada, Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning. With Nina Auerbach, he is co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He lives in Glendale, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "There are Such Things!"13
Part 1The Historical Evidence
From the Book of Vampires17
From the Phantom World23
Tale of a Russian Vampire29
Vampires of Roumania31
Part 2Romantic & Victorian Vampires
The Vampyre: A Tale37
Loving Lady Death (La morte amoureuse)53
The Family of the Vourdalak75
From Varney the Vampyre or, the Feast of Blood97
The Fate of Madame Cabanel159
A True Story of a Vampire171
Good Lady Ducayne179
Dracula's Guest201
From Dracula211
Fatal Image: The Artist, the Actress, and the Vampire223
Part 3Vampires in the Twentieth Century
Luella Miller261
Count Magnus273
The Singular Death of Morton283
For the Blood is the Life293
The Room in the Tower305
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire321
"When She Was Fed": Bela Lugosi's True-Life Vampire Romance353
The Dark Castle357
Revelations in Black369
I, the Vampire385
The Bat is My Brother401
The Girl with the Hungry Eyes417
From I am Legend429
Unicorn Tapestry445
Part 4Postmodern Vampires
From American Vampires495
An Interview with a "Vampire"515
Stalking the Vampire523
Last Call for the Sons of Shock541
Coppola's Dracula553
Bela's Plot595

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