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Author Beresford, Matthew.

Title From demons to Dracula : the creation of the modern vampire myth / Matthew Beresford.

Published London : Reaktion, 2008.

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 UniM Bail  398.21 BERE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-227) and index.
Includes web resources.
Contents 1. The Ancient World: Origins of the Vampire -- 2. The Vampire in Prehistory: Early Ideas on Death and Burial -- 3. Historical Roots: The Vampire in the Middle Ages -- 4. Vampiric Haunts #I: Transylvania, Romania -- 5. The Historical Dracula: Vlad III Tepes -- 6. From Myth to Reality: The Vampire of Folklore -- 7. A Fiend is Born: The Vampire in Literature -- 8. Vampiric Haunts #2: Whitby, North Yorkshire, England -- 9. Phantasmagoria: The Modern Vampire -- 10. Vampiric Haunts #3: Highgate Cemetery, London, England -- Conclusion: A Dark Reflection of Human Society?
Summary "Beresford's chronicle roams from the mountains of Eastern Europe to the foggy streets of Victorian England and to Hollywood film as he follows the portrayal of the vampire in history, literature and art. Investigating the historical Dracula - Vlad the Impaler - and his status as a national hero in Romania, Beresford endeavours to winnow out truths from the complex legend and folklore. From Demons to Dracula tracks the evolution of the vampire, drawing on classical Greek and Roman myths, witch trials and medieval plagues, Gothic literature and even contemporary works, such as Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian. Beresford also looks at the widespread impact of screen vampires from television shows, classic movies starring Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, and more recent films such as Underworld and Blade. Whether as a demon of the underworld or a light-fearing hunter of humans, the vampire has endured through the centuries as a powerful symbolic figure for human concerns with life, death and the afterlife."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Vampires.
Vampires in literature.
Vampire films.
ISBN 9781861894038 (paperback)
1861894031 (paperback)