Whenever someone asks me what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I respond with “Books.” And by “Books”, I of course mean vampire non-fiction.
For once, this wasn’t a book I stumbled on via Amazon.
Anne Rice recently recommended a book on her Facebook page, which elicited some interesting responses from her followers.
Thank goodness for Amazon e-mail notifications.
In the previous instalment, I covered Telegraph for Garlic, a Dracula anthology edited by Samia Ounoughi. For those unfamiliar with this segment, I discuss books which appeared in the gaps between my Amazon searches for yet-to-be-released vampire non-fiction.
For those unfamiliar with this segment, I trawl through Amazon—Amazon.co.uk, mainly—for forthcoming non-fiction vampire books and share my thoughts on what they might be like.
Is there a scientific basis for the existence of vampires?
In the vampire world, I’m small fry—yet how many people in it can boast about having a blog dedicated to them?
Have you heard of the The Lord Ruthven Assembly?
Andy Boylan recently made a discovery that challenged my views on pre-Stoker vampire-into-bat transformations.
On January 19, I did something I’ve never done before: I bought a website domain name.
Remember when I said, “I may also have an article published for The Borgo Post‘s next issue. Just waiting confirmation for that one. Wrote it a little while ago. I’ll keep you updated”?
I came across this clip in Liisa Ladouceur’s “15 Bloody Good Songs About Vampires for Your Halloween Playlist” (2013), and I just had to share it.
Dr. Emyr Williams, a Lecturer in Psychology at Glyndŵr University, is on the lookout for vampires.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s a little ditty from stoner rock outfit, Monster Magnet. It’s “Heads Explode” from their 2000 album, God Says No. “But Anthony!” you squeal. “What on earth does that have to do with vampires?”
I’ve just spent a coupla hours trawling through Amazon.com, looking for non-fiction vampire books published in 2012—a follow-up to the lists I created for non-fiction vampire books published in 2013. And lemme tell you dear reader, it’s exhausting.
I couldn’t end the year without a blog entry, but it’s gonna have to be a quick one—gotta get ready for New Years’ Eve tonight!
To my e-mail subscribers, casual readers, blog followers all, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and Merry Christmas! If you’re stuck with last-minute gift ideas, here’s a some great stocking-fillers.
I’ve been meaning to create a Tumblr blog for a while.
While writing my latest “Upcoming Books” instalment (Hogg 2013), I went Googling for the full title of a book I mentioned in the post—Daniel J. Wood’s Realm of the Vampire: History and the Undead—and stumbled across an interview he’d conducted for FATE Magazine
On October 22, Britain’s Lost Ghosts posted a scan of an intriguing article (above) on its Facebook page, titled “Vampire Superstition in Servia [Serbia]” from the Manchester Courier, February 15, 1888. Here’s my transcript:
Remember when I said the second instalment of “Upcoming Books” had “given me an idea which I’ll share with you later” (Hogg 2013c)? I’m ready to share it now.
“Upcoming Books” is series in which I discuss non-fiction vampire books I haven’t read—because they haven’t been released yet.
Leading from my own recommendations, this is the second episode of “Vampire Library”—a series of “guest posts from other writers involved in the vampire field, discussing books they’d recommend” to further studies of the genre.
Academic works in the field are often expensive, which prohibits them from garnering a wider readership than they should.
I’m kicking myself for omitting another must-get book to the “Building a Vampire Library” (Hogg 2013) list: Michael E. Bell’s Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England’s Vampires (2001). Why’d I omit it?
In 2005, I created an Amazon Listmania! called “The Complete Vampirologist’s Library“—an ambitious title for a list 13 books. Nonetheless, I’d still recommend them—even though my tastes have shifted onto works with greater academic emphasis.
I’m quite impressed by the artistic talent of one of my Facebook friends, Thomas Allen Dixon.
In the wake of my blog post simultaneously exposing Sean Manchester as the person responsible for my current suspension on Facebook and the author of a blog dedicated to stalking me
As noted in a recent blog entry (Hogg 2013c), I’ve been temporarily suspended from posting on Facebook due to an intellectual property claim issued against me.
Members of the Transylvanian Society of Dracula (Canadian chapter) receive a copy of the society’s annual scholarly publication, the Journal of Dracula Studies. Mine arrived in the post today.
I’ve been reacquainting myself with one of my all-time favourite vampire books, Jan L. Perkowski’s The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism (1989)—more specifically, its “Slavic Testimony” chapter, which Rob Brautigam says “by itself is well worth the price of the book” (2012).
Abraham “Bram” Stoker was born on this day in Clontarf, Ireland, in 1847. If he was alive today, he’d be 166 years old.
Crazy Duck Press, publisher of Vampire News vol. 1 (2012) and Vampire News: The (Not So) End Times Edition! vol. 2 (2013), is on the lookout for submissions to its third Vampire News volume. Here’s what they’re after:
James Lyon, author of Kiss of the Butterfly (2011), was interviewed by KABC-TV’s David Ono for a news item discussing the vampire’s Serbian roots
Many libraries have a section of reference works, set aside from the main collection. They tend to “include dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, almanacs, bibliographies, and catalogs (e.g. catalogs of libraries, museums or the works of individual artists)” (“Reference Work” 2013). They’re very handy if you want to look up quick information. I recently applied the concept …