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By Nigel Suckling

Nigel Suckling, one of many ideal specialists on unicorns, leprechauns, and angels, has built a style for blood. Book of the Vampire is a stimulating and chilling examine world-wide and ages-old myths approximately blood-sucking creatures. The money owed variety from South America’s Chupacabras to Malaysia’s penanggalan, whose disembodied flying heads terrified believers. Suckling starts off his inquiry with Bram Stoker, whose vintage Dracula revived a flagging curiosity between Victorians for dependent hosts with curious appetites. The ebook digs deep into Stoker’s affects from historic cultures, together with the lamia and the succubus myths from Rome, Greece, and the center East, and likewise examines vampire myths from a religious viewpoint. Bruce Pennington, a widely known and intensely renowned myth artist, contributes beautiful illustrations that give a contribution to the Vampire attraction.

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Book of the Vampire

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If any was present it was deeply unconscious. If Irving took advantage of Stoker, he submitted to it willingly, almost as in an ideal marriage where two complementary personalities fuse so that to an outsider it is impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. This quasi-marital aspect of the relationship has led to much speculation about whether Bram Stoker was a repressed homosexual. There are other possible pointers – when at Trinity he had championed the poetry of Walt Whitman at a time when it was widely condemned as being morally offensive, hymning as it did the special rapport sometimes possible between male friends.

Throughout the nineteenth century there had been an undertow of interest in vampires, fuelled by rumours of vampire epidemics in Eastern Europe a hundred years before. The earliest known use of the word vampire (or ‘vampyre’ as it was spelled) in English was in The Travels of three English Gentlemen, from Ve n i c e t o H a m b u r g h published anonymously in 1734 but probably written by John Swinton, later keeper of the Oxford University archives. ’ Whether or not this was the original source, use of the word ‘vampire’ rapidly spread through the British press, as it was simultaneously doing in mainland Europe.

As a tribute to Carmilla Stoker wrote a similar tale as a preamble to Dracula. This was dropped for publication but later published as an independent short story under the title Dracula’s Guest. The tale of Carmilla is narrated by a young Englishwoman living with her retired military father in a modest castle in Styria (Austria). Her story begins one warm, moonlit evening when they have left the castle for a stroll in the open: ‘At our left the narrow road wound away under clumps of lordly trees, and was lost to sight amid the thickening forest.

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