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...
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".
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.