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The Dead May Bring Us Death: Vampires in Eastern Europe

In modern society, vampires are relegated to an icon at Halloween, or at most, a symbol of an alternate lifestyle, which is seen as anything from a fad to a cult religion. However, during the Middle Ages, vampires were seen as a very real threat to mankind.

Drawn to Vamps?

The Vampire Shop: Bestselling Books

Fanged Films

Phillippines, 1998

USA, 1931

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From the Library

A Study of the Transformation of Social Roles of the Slavic and American Vampire
In America today, we are surrounded by borrowed images. People from all over the world flock here, and bring with them a background of cultures and beliefs, filled with imagery reflecting those ideas. Often times, these elements take on a life of there own in the cauldron known as the American "melting pot," and through interaction with their new surroundings, evolve into something quite different from their original form, becoming an integral part of our culture.

Account of a vampire (Hungary)
From the Jewish letters (lettres juives), letter 137 -- We have just had in this part of Hungary a scene of vampirism, which is duly attested by two officers of the tribunal of Belgrade, who went down to the places specified, and by an officer of the emperor's troops at Graditz, who was an ocular witness of the proceedings.

Vampires: a primer
The vampires that appear in modern film and literature are moreso distant cousins of the original vampires of eastern and central Europe than close relatives. Todays’ vampires, for the most part, are desirable creatures; although still evil in some respects, many are upper-class, refined individuals with both a conscience and a definable sensuality about them.

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January 21, 2008 (Variety) -- Batman Begins baddie Ken Watanabe has been cast in Paul Weitz's vampire flick Cirque du Freak, based on a children's book series by Darren Shan.
July 12, 2007 (The Book Standard / Kimberly Maul) -- Ballantine Books paid $3.75 million for the North American rights to a postapocalyptic vampire trilogy by Jordan Ainsley, New York Magazine reported. Ainsley is a pseudonym for Justin Cronin, who previously wrote 2004's The Summer Guest and Mary and O'Neil, which won the Pen/Hemingway Award in 2001.
September 15, 2008 (PRNewswire) -- Just in time for Halloween, the story of a real-life Vampire Princess is unearthed Oct. 14 on DVD from Infinity Entertainment Group and begins showings on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel(TM). Dracula is a grim tale believed to be based on Romanian legend and the morbid imaginings of a Victorian novelist. Now archaeologists, historians and forensic scientists have evidence that the legendary vampire was not modeled on a medieval count from Transylvania, but on the fate of a real 18th century bohemian princess named Eleonore von Schwarzenberg.

Review Archives

Natural History
Natural HistoryReview by The Mad Bibliographer, submitted on 1-Jan-1992 Adapted from the column "Vampires in Print" in The Vampire's Crypt #3 (Spring 1991). Review by Cathy Krusberg Joan Perucho. Natural History (Knopf, 1988; Ballantine, 1990)
Mysterious Journey To The North Sea Part 1
Mysterious Journey To The North Sea Part 1a review by Christopher Seaman
All Together Dead
Review by Sandy Amazeen