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Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from the 1931 film "Dracula"
Since the Gothic literary trend that first established the vampire as a classical villain, the vampires of legend have evolved into media superstars. Today, social outcasts and members of the status quo alike have adopted the vampire as an emblem for their beliefs and turned the once-dreaded creatures of the night into romanticized sex symbols.
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Below is an extensive, although not exhaustive list of links to useful resources for those interested in this subject matter....

Documentaries of interest:
In Search of History: The Real Dracula
Bloodlines: Dracula's Family Tree
Vampire Secrets
The Supernatural: Vampires

Additional DVDs with special features of interest:
Dracula (2-disc 75th Anniversary Edition DVD) for the documentary Road to Dracula
Blade (Platinum Series Edition DVD) for the documentary The Blood Tide

Books of interest:
Lilith: The First Eve by Siegmund Hurwitz

Lilith: The Edge of Forever by Filomena Maria Pereira

The Lilith Monographs: Volume 1: Immaculata by Joshua Seraphim

The Book of Lilith by Barbara Black Koltuv

The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker; edited and compiled by Leslie S. Klinger

In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu

Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu

Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen by David J. Skal

Vampires: Encounters with the Undead by David J. Skal

Draculas, Vampires, and Other undead Forms: Essays on Gender, Race, and Culture by John Edgar Browning

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton

Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality by Paul Barber

The Weiser Field Guide to Vampires: Legends, Practices, and Encounters New and Old by J.M. Dixon

Vampires and Vampirism: Legends from Around the World by Dudley Wright

Legends of Blood: The Vampire in History and Myth by Wayne Bartlett

The Vampire Book by DK Publishing

Real Vampires, Night Stalkers and Creatures from the Darkside by Brad Steiger

Our Vampires, Ourselves by Nina Auerbach

Vampires in Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices by Michelle Belanger

The Psychic Vampire Codex by Michelle Belanger

The Science of Vampires by Katherine Ramsland
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review by . July 01, 2010
I have always been fascinated by the transformation of this creature in history and in pop culture today. It started out that they were something to fear...rising up out of the grave wondering mindlessly to feed. They lived on the underbelly of society, never to be talked about, only feared. They were the explanation when something went terribly wrong in town. They were the scape goats. After a while, they got transformed in something more supernatural, being able to shape shift and turn into mist …
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Like it or not, the "dangerous sexuality leads to death" trope won't go away. Lets keep it sexy! PS. Why is this in "politics"? PPS. Thank you, whoever gave this the Aaliyah icon.
review by . June 05, 2009
True Blood
One of the most popular monsters ever to grace the silver screen perhaps is non other than the vampire. How the vampire has somehow managed to survive in the art world could very well be a great mystery but time has clearly proven the vampires have longevity indeed. No pun intended.      What makes the vampire the most feared yet respected monster in film today? Simply  re-visit the folklores or legend which have been prevailent in some cultures throughout Europe beginning …
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