I unearthed the following non-fiction vampire books while trawling through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Ranging from Dracula scholarship to feminist analyses, there’s something for everyone. Note: release dates and titles may change; they were correct at the time this blog was published. Links in titles are direct links to Amazon entries.
October 31, 2017
Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture: Letting the Wrong One In / David Baker, Stephanie Green and Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska (eds.)
The book’s premise: “the vampire as host and guest, captor and hostage: a perfect lover and force of seductive predation . . . embodies taboos and desires about hospitality, rape and consent.” Despite the subtitle suggesting a focus on Let the Right One In, its scope also covers Carmilla, Dracula and The Originals.
November 2, 2017
Sutherland also asks “Why does the Count come to England? Does the Count actually give Jonathan a ‘love bite’?” among other questions. An intriguing book premise, marred by glaring errors in its Amazon description: “Yet it never made Stoker any money. Since 1931’s film Nosferatu the Vampire . . .”
November 3, 2017
Dracula: An International Perspective / Marius-Mircea Crișan (ed.)
This essay collection “argues that the development of the Dracula myth is the result of complex international influences and cultural interactions.” Crişan’s pedigree includes two books on Dracula: The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker’s Transylvania (2013) and Impactul uni mit: Dracula și reprezentarea ficționala a spațiului romanesc (2013).
December 31, 2017
The Cambridge Companion to Dracula / Roger Luckhurst (ed.)
Lockhurst wrote editorial material for the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Dracula (2011). This time, he’s edited 16 essays covering “literary history, Gothic revival scholarship, folklore, anthropology, psychology, sexology, philosophy, occultism, cultural history, critical race theory, theatre and film history, and the place of the vampire in Europe and beyond.”
January 15, 2018
Feminist Perspectives on Contemporary Zombies, Vampires, and Witches: Radical Monstrosity in Literature, Film, and TV / Heidi Breuer and Natalie Wilson
Though the book’s scope is fairly modern, covering “a range of novels, television series, and films from the 1990s-2010s,” it asserts “some popular mainstream texts (from Harry Potter to Twilight) still participate in historically inherited conventions”. However, it notes “that many millennial texts utilize monster-figures to critique regressive patriarchal ideologies”.
March 11, 2018
Kreuter assured me “Vambyres” is not a misprint—but wouldn’t disclose why he used that spelling. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. His previous full-length work on vampires was Der Vampirglaube in Südosteuropa: Studien zur Genese, Bedeutung und Funktion; Rumänien und der Balkanraum (2001). Definitely looking forward to this one.
April 17, 2018
Dodging Energy Vampires: An Emotional and Physical Healing Manual for Empaths and Other Highly Sensitive / Christiane Northrup
From the author of Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being (2015) and Making Life Easy: A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life (2016) among many others, Northrup’s guide seems perfectly suited for the Oprah Winfrey School of Medicine. Focuses on developing your “empathetic nature.”
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