Visions of fiends rising from their graves to prey on the living have long haunted humanity. The most notorious of these figures is the vampire, a nocturnal creature with an unnatural hunger. This book, originally published in the early twentieth century, was the first serious study of vampirism in the English language. Dudley Wright, a folklorist and specialist in ancient religions and occult beliefs, compiled a fascinating mix of science and the supernatural from a wealth of references and records. Wright examines the body of evidence and discusses vampirism as an observable phenomenon with distinct scientific, sociological, mythic, and literary elements. The result is an excellent introduction to the subject. His fascinating, highly readable account of legends about vampire behavior, from all time periods and all countries, extends from ancient Assyria and Greece to areas of the Far East. Readers will discover that tales of vampires were whispered not only in the quiet villages of Central Europe, but also in Russia, the Middle East, India, the British Isles, and even America
Reissue of rev. and enl. ed. of Vampires and vampirism publ. in 1924
Excommunication and its power -- The vampire in Babylonia, Assyria, and Greece -- Vampirism in Great and Greater Britain -- Vampirism in Germany and surrounding countries -- Vampirism in Hungary, Bavaria, and Silesia -- Vampirism in Servia and Bulgaria -- Vampire belief in Russia -- Vampirism among the orientals -- Miscellanea -- Living vampires -- The vampire in literature -- Fact or fiction?
March 13, 2022 Subject:
Book of Vampires
This is a very important book that looks at all avenues of folklore and government reports of the phenomena. It even reports on werewolves and doppelgangers (doubles). I gave it a five stars out of five stars because of the authenticity of the information provided.