Would You Like to Win a Book on Polish Vampire Lore?

I recently ordered Łukasz Kozak’s With Stake and Spade: Vampiric Diversity in Poland; An Introduction and Sourcebook (2020) and Upiór: Historia naturalna (2020). The books arrived on February 9, along with an unexpected bonus—another copy of With Stake and Spade. What would I do with it?

With Stake and Spade, by Łukasz Kozak. One of two copies of the book received from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. I have edited out my postal address. Picture: Anthony Hogg.
Upiór, by Łukasz Kozak. The second copy of With Stake and Spade can be seen peeking underneath, still in shrink-wrap. Picture: Anthony Hogg.

I briefly considered keeping it as a backup copy, until I thought of a better use for it: a competition prize! After getting the go ahead from the publisher, I launched the competition on Facebook via the Vampire Studies Association page.

In case you’re unable to access the Facebook post, it reads:

Courtesy of Evviva L’arte, I have a copy of Łukasz Kozak’s “With Stake and Spade: Vampiric Diversity in Poland; An Introduction and Sourcebook” (2020) to give away. To be in the running, you must answer the following question:

– Gabriel Rzączynski’s “Historia naturalis curiosa Regni Poloniae” (1721) is often cited as an early text on vampires, but Rzączynski was actually quoting from an earlier source. Who was the author and what was the book?

Email your answer to Anthony Hogg at thevampirologist@hotmail.com. Put “With Stake and Spade Competition” in the subject line. The winner will have their name drawn from a hat.* Entries close March 13, 2021, 10pm AEDT. Powodzenia!

If you are interested in getting your own copy of the book, visit the following link: https://evvivalarte.org/pl/produkt/lukasz-kozak-with-stake-and-spade-vampiric-diversity-in-poland-an-introductiona-and-sourcebook/ —AH

* Please indicate in your email if you do not want your name viewable on camera.

The last bit is there as I’m considering doing a video for transparency’s sake. We’ll see.

What I can tell you, in the meantime, is that—as of this writing—one person has contacted me with the correct answer. So get a wriggle on people. And remember: you gotta be in it, to win it!


Notes

Kozak’s With Stake and Spade: Vampiric Diversity in Poland; An Introduction and Sourcebook (2020) and Upiór: Historia naturalna (2020): I first learned about Kozak’s books in Kamil Stachowski, “Response to ‘Etymologies of vampire with pirъ “a feast,”‘ by Kamil Stachowski (III),” Journal of Vampire Studies 1, no. 2 (forthcoming).

getting the go ahead from the publisher: Iza [Izabela Michalska], email message to the author, February 12, 2021.

“Courtesy of Evviva L’arte”: Vampire Studies Association, “Courtesy of Evviva L’arte,” Facebook, February 13, 2021, https://www.facebook.com/vampirestudies/posts/2581357288825446.


Edits

February 14, 2021: Citation for Facebook post quote added in Notes.


If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Łukasz Kozak’s With Stake and Spade: Vampiric Diversity in Poland; An Introduction and Sourcebook, trans. Mark Bence (Warsaw: Adam Mickiewicz Institute/Evivva L’arte, 2020), you can order it from here: https://evvivalarte.org/pl/produkt/lukasz-kozak-with-stake-and-spade-vampiric-diversity-in-poland-an-introductiona-and-sourcebook/.

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