Earlier today, I stopped by somewhere I haven’t been in a long time: the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Monash University, Clayton. Longtime readers may recognise this library from my previous blog, Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist.
Last year, I enrolled in “Introduction to Vampires,” an online correspondence course run through the Mystical Paranormal Academy by Bertena Varney, author of Lure of the Vampire (2011; 2013; 2014). I said I was “just waiting for her course book, Lure of the Vampire, to arrive in the mail as the touchstone toward commencing study. …
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…to those north of the equator. It’s come and gone in my country. I would’ve written something to commemorate the occasion yesterday, but I was neckdeep writing one of the most extensive, ambitious articles I’ve ever published.
I don’t usually distribute press releases, due to my preference for original content—but I’m prepared to make an exception in this case, because this one deserves widespread circulation.
I have been waiting for a critical edition of Montague Summers’ The Vampire in Europe (1929) for a long time.
Last year, I discussed a compelling book in development: Richard Sugg’s two volume work, Faces of the Vampire.
Got a wonderful package in the mail today, courtesy of paranormal investigator, Benjamin Radford.
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.