Time for some shameless self-promotion of my reference book the Media Vampire: A study of vampires in fictional media.
The book is fully referenced and indexed and looks at the vampire fairly chronologically in the first part of the book from early poetry involving vampires through to Dracula. The second half of the book eclectically looks through topics that I was particularly interested in looking at when I wrote it.
It is currently available via Lulu but it should find its way onto Amazon and other online retailers in the not too distant future.
Lower down in this article is the blurb for the book but I also want to mention the new film database in the right hand links and offer tremendous thanks to Margaret who set the whole thing up for me. It is a work in progress but hopefully will add another dimension to the blog.
Back to the Media Vampire, and the blurb: From 18th Century poetry up to modern 3D cinema, the vampire has developed a genre in its own right.
Leaving behind its roots in phantasmagoria and horror, taking in romance, action and adventure, as well as flights of science fiction fantasy and political allegory.
The vampire is a part of all these fields of artistry and beyond them, a melting pot of imagination and invention that has captivated audiences around the world.
In the first part of this volume, Andrew M. Boylan - author of the famous vampire blog Taliesin Meets the Vampires, looks at the genesis of the vampire genre from Ossenfelder’s poem Der Vampir to Bram Stoker’s seminal novel Dracula.
The second part of the book spreads eclectically out from Dracula, just as the genre spread, taking in some famous kissing cousins of the genre as well as looking at the vampire's changing relationship with the divine and following the toothsome bloodsuckers out into space.