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Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight: The Complete Guide to Vampire Mythology Hardcover – 4 Mar 2010


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847444032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847444035
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 2.3 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A guide to vampire mythology

About the Author

Charlotte Montague is a freelance writer who specialises in general historyand true crime. After gaining an MA degree in History from Sussex University, she began writing on a variety of subjects including ethnic cultures travel and music. More recently, she developed an interest in the history of mythical creatures.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
Vampires is a lavishly illustrated look at vampire myths and legends, spanning hundreds of years and many different countries and cultures. Author Charlotte Montague has clearly meticulously researched the subject, and I can only imagine the time it must have taken her to accumulate all the relevant material.

It's a veritable source of information where vampires are concerned, and begins with an introduction into the undead, both in myth and the media. From there, it goes on to explore the origin of vampires, before moving on to myths and legends. I found the 'Myths and Legends' section fascinating, and especially enjoyed learning about the Chupacabra, which is an urban legend focusing on a "goat-eating beast". I'd never heard of a Chupacabra before, but it sounds pretty terrifying. Any creature that is said to run around like a one metre high dinosaur with long back legs and short front ones is sure to haunt anyone's dreams!

Vampires also has a section titled 'Vampire Devotees', which profiles people who actively pursue the vampire lifestyle, such as Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Bathory. It's interesting to find out about the real side of vampirism, though it might take a little bit more to convince me that the undead really do roam the earth.

Next up is the last section, and probably my favourite, 'Vampires of the Imagination'. It covers everything from Bram Stoker's Dracula, modern vampire fiction, vampire novels, and vampires on screen, in movies and in music. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel get a couple of dedicated pages, as does True Blood and Twilight. While I do love this whole section, I think it could have been more in-depth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael A. Watson on 26 April 2012
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This book is beautifully set out and definately very interesting. If you have a keen interest in vampires then this is the book for you. However I bought it for an essay I was writing for University and unfortunately it was only after it arrived that I realised it wasn't particularly detailed or academic. However part of me is glad I have it anyway because it full of interesting information.

Enjoy if it for personal use but if your looking for something academic I say move on... :)
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By Mrs. J. Sargent on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Purchased this for my daughter who is fascinated by anything vampire related. She loves it. An excellent book, with many interesting features. Also takes it away from the 'Twilight' romanticised world of vampires, so has opened her up to many more vampire cases that she was previously unaware of.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
To be honest with you, I'm a real sucker (no pun intended) for any title that delves into the vampire mythos and whilst a lot of it is covered time and again in the same parlance, it takes a brave author to stand up and try to take it in a more unconventional manner. What Charlotte puts together in this offering is the whole mythos and even delves into area's that we haven't really looked at before. Its fun, its quirky but above all else it's a title that looks great throughout even down to the detailing upon the cover. A great addition to an Vamp's lair and a title that will not only amuse but be picked up time and again for a quick rummage.
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