“Upcoming Books” is a segment I’m carrying over from my Blogger blog. If you’re not familiar with it, every so often, I discuss forthcoming non-fiction vampire books I’ve found mainly through Amazon and Amazon.co.uk. The last “episode” was in July (Hogg 2013).
Usually, I set each book off with its proposed publication date, the book’s title, its author (or editor) and follow it with a brief description. But from now on, I’m going to incorporate them into a bit of a narrative round-up, as I did with a previous instalment (Hogg 2012). So, let’s get down to business.
As I’ve said before, “you can never have enough vampire encyclopedias!” (Hogg 2009)—and with that in mind, October 3rd sees the release of Jacques Finné’s Petite encyclopédie des vampires. His other most notable publication in the field is Bibliographie de Dracula (1986). The “Petite” part of the title suggests the volume will be quite slim, though, and probably appeal more to the younger crowd.
I’m not as impressed by the pedigree of our next author, Drago De Silver, whose Hidden Dimensions, Ancient Magic, Witchcraft, Vampires & Reptilian Masters will be released on November 3rd. Going on the “Reptilian Masters” allusion, alone, he seems very much in the David Icke mould—indeed, De Drago’s previous book, Humanity’s Biggest Secret (2013) seems to be riffing on the title of Icke’s 1999 book, The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the World.
De Drago’s webpage for the book cements the connection further by referring to “Our origins from an ancient serpent race” and this nugget: “Sir Fred Hoyle, the originator of the Big Bang Theory, admitting humanity is controlled by serpent-aliens” (De Silver 2013b). His interests may be quite pertinent in this case, as they include “ancient history, metaphysics, space secrets, hidden dimensions & spiritual power, magic, witchcraft & grimoires, vampires, reptilian masters, religion & psychedelics, Kabbalah, giants, sound & consciousness, and economic truth & making money” (De Silver 2013a). Quite.
The vampire in literature and movies tend to be the most popular subjects covered by non-fiction vampire books, but it’s nice to see certain niches covered. In this case, we have Dracula’s Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film to look forward to on December 16. The book, edited by Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka, will feature essays that “address a number of issues raised by the female vampire film, such as violence perpetrated on and by women; reactions to the genre from feminists, anti-feminists, and post-feminists; the implications of female vampire films for audiences both gay and straight” (Scarecrow Press 2013).
Another collection of essays, this time edited by Lisa A. Naverez, will be following on December 31: The Vampire Goes to College: Essays on Teaching with the Undead. According to the book’s publisher listing, it “presents pedagogical tools, methods, and approaches for incorporating the figure of the vampire into the learning environment of the college classroom, in the hopes of ushering the Undead out of the coffin and into the classroom” (McFarland 2013).
Truth be told, this is the book I’m looking forward to most on this list. I’m interested in the idea of using vampires as a teaching aid—even if it’s nothing new. It follows in the footsteps of folk like Jason Dittmer (2006) and, dare I say it, Thomas J. Garza (Hogg 2011). Let’s not forget that Jan L. Perkowski, one of the great contributors to vampire scholarship, also used vampires to get students into Slavic studies. Indeed, his 1976 anthology, Vampires of the Slavs, was actually a university reader. So was Garza’s The Vampire in Slavic Cultures (2009; 2010), for that matter.
As of this writing, the book’s publisher listing doesn’t feature a table of contents, so I’m not sure what exact scope the book will have, but it does sound intriguing, nonetheless.
Last but not least, we have—yep, another vampire essay collection! This one’s called Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture and edited by Simon Bacon. This time, I didn’t find it through Amazon—I stumbled upon it while trawling through the Library of Congress catalogue for vampire books a few days ago. Although it has a listing there, I have only been able to dig up a little info on it. Not even its publisher, Peter Lang, has an entry for it. The best I could turn up as an entry on Academia.edu, explaining that it would be released some time in 2014 and that it will feature an essay by Hadas Elber-Aviram called, “Constitutional Amnesia and Future Memory: Science Fiction’s Posthuman Vampire” (Academia 2013). So, stay tuned for that. I guess.
Academia. 2013. “Constitutional Amnesia and Future Memory: Science Fiction’s Posthuman Vampire by Hadas Elber-Aviram.” Academia.edu. Accessed September 20, 2013. http://www.academia.edu/1081787/Constitutional_Amnesia_and_Future_Memory_Science_Fictions_Posthuman_Vampire.
De Silver, Drago. 2013a. “About.” Drago De Silver. Accessed September 20, 2013. http://www.dragodesilver.com/about/.
———. 2013b. “Hidden Dimensions, Ancient Magic, Witchcraft, Vampires & Reptilian Masters.” Drago De Silver. Accessed September 20, 2013. http://www.dragodesilver.com/hidden-dimensions-ancient-magic-witchcraft-vampires-reptilian-masters/.
Dittmer, Jason. 2006. “Teaching the Social Construction of Regions in Regional Geography Courses; or, Why Do Vampires Come from Eastern Europe?” Journal of Geography in Higher Education 30 (1): 49–61. Accessed February 2, 2008. doi:10.1080/03098260500499618.
Hogg, Anthony. 2009. “Let’s Hope These Wishes Come True!” Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist, July 15. http://doaav.blogspot.com.au/2009/07/lets-hope-these-wishes-come-true.html.
———. 2011. “Q & A with Thomas J. Garza.” Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist, July 15. http://doaav.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/q-with-thomas-j-garza.html.
———. 2012. “Upcoming Books 2 & Update.” The Vampirologist, February 24. http://thevampirologist.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/upcoming-books-2-update.html.
———. 2013. “Upcoming Books 6.” The Vampirologist, July 10. http://thevampirologist.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/upcoming-books-6.html.
McFarland. 2013. “The Vampire Goes to College.” McFarland. Accessed September 20, 2013. http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-7554-4.
Scarecrow Press. 2013. “Dracula’s Daughters.” Rownman & Littlefield. Accessed September 20, 2013. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780810892965.