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Facts with Fangs, Part I: Count Orlok's Guide to Becoming an Expert on Vampires!

  • Mar 4, 2010
I've been studying vampires since a pretty young age. I suppose for me the fascination began when I was little and terrified of vampires and witches, but then through studying them I learned enough about folklore and history that I ceased to be afraid. Whether in myths, history, or pop culture, vampires have proliferated like a deadly plague. With this list I hope to give people the necessary resources to study vampires in multiple media and hopefully provide them with some fascinating information that will entertain as well.
Note: This is the introductory list and as such there will be many more to come...
The Burney Relief, believed to be the demon Lilitu
Studying vampire mythology in general is the best place to start. There are many, many great books, documentaries, and websites that can provide those interested with a wealth of material that is quite enlightening.
In time, hopefully there will be more information available right here on Lunch.
See the full review, "A Blood Soaked History: From Lilith to Dracula - The Vampire Myth Exposed".
Dracula (first edition)
Reading Bram Stoker's Dracula is a must! Anyone who wants to know how the concept of the vampire has evolved in Western cultures should also read up on Stoker's influences and inspiration as well.
Not only is it a great Victorian Gothic horror story, but it is the single greatest work of vampire fiction ever written.
See the full review, "Dracula: Bram Stoker's Gothic Horror Classic - The Novel That Wouldn't Die".
Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Kino International's 2-disc The Ultimate DVD Edition)
Perhaps, the single-most iconic and classic vampire film of them all. F.W. Murnau crafted the most artistic, metaphorical, and enigmatic vampire film ever made. With a stunning performance by silent film actor Max Schreck as the eerie, bat-eared, rat-fanged Count Orlok.
See the full review, ""Nosferatu; Does This Word Not Sound Like the Deathbird Calling Your Name at Midnight?"".
Dracula 75th Anniversary Legacy Series DVD
Perhaps, the single-most iconic and classic vampire film of them all. Filled with a great cast of characters and directed by a great director, this 1931 was the first film in Universal's sound-film horror cycle and remains one of the best.
See the full review, ""Listen to Them, the Children of the Night... What Music They Make"".
The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead
An indispensable book that looks at both vampire myths as well as vampires in pop culture. A definite must-have for any and all fans of vampires and vampire trivia.
Le Fanu's erotic vampire classic is a great way to deepen your appreciation of the literary vampire genre. The story is well-written and researched and even provided Stoker with much of his inspiration.
Prince Vlad Dracula, the Impaler
Although Vlad really has nothing to do with vampires per se, it's because of him that Stoker named his novel Dracula and ever since the fictional Count and the historical prince have been linked together in the eyes of the public.
Studying Vlad will provide vampire fans with a fascinating history lesson, as well as give greater insight into the novel.
Book cover
The perfect historical biography of Vlad. Not only is this the most well-researched and in-depth book I've read on Vlad, but it also is easy to read and entertaining. I only wish that McNally hadn't been involved.
In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires
This terrific book examines both the historical Dracula, the fictional Dracula, and the vampire myth in general. A great book, although like the book above could have been better if McNally hadn't been involved.
A decent historical biography on Vlad that makes a nice companion piece to the others, though it may leave some readers annoyed by the erroneous comparisons between the historical prince and the fictional vampire count.

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April 15, 2010
Ah, a guide to the warped mind of the Count. I would have suggested this if I'd thought of it.
March 10, 2010
Interesting list. We'll be waiting to see what's on lists to come!
March 11, 2010
Thanks. I plan on doing a list that focuses on documentaries and non-fiction next.
March 11, 2010
There must be an endless number of made for tv documentaries alone.
March 11, 2010
I've seen at least twenty and own about nine or ten on VHS.
March 11, 2010
March 11, 2010
Not really. I could have a lot more if my VCR hadn't been fried in a power surge. I was planning on taping a whole bunch over the past couple of years.
March 11, 2010
I know. There a billions and billions of 'em. They roll 'em out every Halloween.
March 12, 2010
Yeah, usually there's about four or five new ones every year, either on The History Channel, A&E, Biography, National Geographic Channel, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, and every once in a while on something like SyFy.
March 12, 2010
SyFy. Is that dumb or what? Are they affraid the younger generation won't know how to pronounce "SciFi" or something? (Even though they'd probably be right.)
March 12, 2010
Yeah, I hate the new spelling. That channel has been going downhill since about 2005 and honestly, I have very little interest in their current line-up of shows and movies. They actually had "BraveHeart" on there. How the heck is that even close to the realm of science fiction? It's not even fantasy.
March 12, 2010
Heroic fantasy...it's got swords.
March 12, 2010
Yeah, but swords alone don't make it a fantasy. For me it falls into historical drama or epic adventure.
March 12, 2010
I wasn't trying to classify it myself, I was just trying to guess their rationale.
March 12, 2010
I think they were just trying to boost sagging ratings and they already had the rights to show it on their affiliate channels and figured why not.
March 12, 2010
Spoil sport.
March 12, 2010
Me? How so? I was just looking at the situation and drew a conclusion based upon the general lack of logic, imagination, or intelligence of TV programming executives.
March 12, 2010
Because I wanted to make fun of them and you got all serious about it. =(
March 12, 2010
Next time, you may want to specify that before hand. It didn't really come off that well. You can still make fun of them though. I mean, most TV execs seem to be the intellectual and emotional equivalent of a menstruating llama with ADHD, so there's a lot that you could say.
March 12, 2010
Too late. You missed your chance.
March 12, 2010
Aw, come on, you're no fun. I give you something like "menstruating llamas with ADHD" to compare TV execs to, and you don't take the bait? Where's your witty cynicism today? ; )
March 12, 2010
You missed your chance. I gave you your set up and you missed it. There are no do-overs.
March 05, 2010
I've been taken back to school! Ok, I knew I had to warn the immortals that you're starting to discover our secrets LOL!
March 05, 2010
I think it's a little late for that. Besides, you're an Asgardian and not a vampire, remember?
March 05, 2010
damn daddy Odin got it on with Camilla! LOL
March 05, 2010
You mean Carmilla? Camilla was the lady who had the affair with Prince Charles.
March 05, 2010
yeh..Carmilla. LOL
March 05, 2010
Is that you, Prince Charles?! LMAO!
March 08, 2010
well...we all know I'm sick LOL!
March 08, 2010
LMAO! Okay, Trashie, for that one you're winning my "Best Joke of the Week" award.
March 05, 2010
I knew a list like this was coming from you sooner or later :P Digging this awesomeness, Count!
March 05, 2010
Really? Is Devora a closet vampire fan?
March 05, 2010
I hope Lady D is a closet vampire fan...but if she's a closet twilight fan (like someone I know who denies it but watches the movies and reads the books), then I'm not talking to her again! LOL
March 05, 2010
.... ;D
March 05, 2010
I'm not sure if that counts as a confirmation or not. ; )
March 08, 2010
I think Lady D's trying to make us think. ;-) as for Scotman, see? He's guilty!
March 09, 2010
There's no need to have something on your wishlist if you already own it.
March 17, 2010
Exactly. I saw the Twilight books already in his possession (saw his drawer). ;-P  scotman probably owns the twilight products in Rhodes' list and he would buy the TWILIGHT graphic novels the minute they come out. LOL
March 17, 2010
Be nice Woo... some of the people in this community may bite back.
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