Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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.

Realm of the Vampirologists

Realm of the Vampirologists

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

Entombed Too Soon

Entombed Too Soon

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:

Listmania!

Listmania!

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 #2

Upcoming Books #2

“Upcoming Books” is series in which I discuss non-fiction vampire books I haven’t read—because they haven’t been released yet.

My Favourite Vampire Books

My Favourite Vampire Books

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.

Building a Vampire Library: Amendment

Building a Vampire Library: Amendment

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?

Building a Vampire Library

Building a Vampire Library

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.

Automattic for the People

Automattic for the People

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

Suspended from Facebook

Suspended from Facebook

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.

In the Post

In the Post

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.

Perkowski’s Method

Perkowski’s Method

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).

For Vampire Writers

For Vampire Writers

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:

The Vampire Heartland

The Vampire Heartland

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

My Reference Collection

My Reference Collection

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 … Continue reading

Another Halloween Treat!

Another Halloween Treat!

I forgot to mention in the previous post, that while I was surfing the ‘net yesterday to help Brian McKinley find vampire fiction vs. folklore material for a Halloween talk he’s going to be giving (see here and here), I stumbled upon M. M. Carlson’s 1977 article, “What Stoker Saw: An Introduction to the History … Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Vampires and Halloween? Good eeeevening, readers! To celebrate the occasion, I thought I’d share a few treats with you.

Prints of Darkness

Prints of Darkness

I was quite impressed by the following picture posted by Thomas Allen Dixon on the Facebook group, “Count Dracula”, which I co-admin.

Books I’ve Borrowed

Books I’ve Borrowed

In a previous entry (Hogg 2013), I mentioned sourcing out Tekla Dömötör’s Hungarian Folk Beliefs (1982) through interlibrary loan. I picked it up from the library today.

A Twist on Kits

A Twist on Kits

I’ve written quite extensively on supposedly antique Vampire Killing Kits (e.g. Hogg 2011a) and even interviewed a curator responsible for amassing the world’s largest collection (Hogg 2011b). But this may be the first time I’ve come across one intended for use against psychic vampires.

Just Another Bite

Just Another Bite

In the wake of a blog entry I wrote about “Transylvania vampire expert”,  István Pivárcsi (Hogg 2013), Niels K. Petersen has written a review of Pivárcsi’s 2012 book, Just a Bite (Petersen 2013). And, just as I suspected, the book’s not all it’s cracked up to be:

Writers Wanted!

Writers Wanted!

Sufi Mohamed, Editor-in-Chief of IndieJudge, is on the lookout for contributors to the magazine’s second issue: If you’ve got a 650-800 word never-before-published article on vampire films or TV shows—The Vampire Diaries, Angel, Twilight, or True Blood, preferably—contact him via IndieJudge‘s website.

Overlooked Book

Overlooked Book

As mentioned in a previous entry (Hogg 2013), I tend to trawl through Amazon and Amazon.co.uk for upcoming books on vampires. As much as I search, though, I sometimes overlook certain works.

The Element Encyclopedia of Plagiarism?

The Element Encyclopedia of Plagiarism?

When I critiqued Theresa Cheung’s The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires (2009), I took issue with her misidentification of the country Arnod Paole was stationed in (it wasn’t Greece) and her susceptibility to claims of by Federal Vampire & Zombie Agency—which, I hasten to add, is not a real a real government organisation

Upcoming Vampire Symposium

Upcoming Vampire Symposium

If you’re in the UK, circle your calendar for March 8, 2014. ASSAP, the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena, is holding a vampire symposium at Goldsmiths College, London (ASSAP 2013a).

Sleep Paralysis and Vampires

Sleep Paralysis and Vampires

I briefly touched on the connection between sleep paralysis and vampires in a previous post (Hogg 2013b), but I’ve noticed another blog entry seemingly cement the connection further.

The Vampire Expert’s Other Book

The Vampire Expert’s Other Book

István Pivárcsi’s 2012 book, Just a Bite is subtitled “A Transylvania Vampire Expert’s Short History of the Undead.” Yet at the time I profiled the book for an “Upcoming Books” instalment, it was the “First time I’ve heard of him”

Upcoming Books

“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 Proposition

The Proposition

In the heady days before the Internet, connecting with vampire fans, enthusiasts and scholars meant joining a vampire society.