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V Is for Vampire: The A-Z Guide to Everything Undead

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This informative and entertaining pop-culture reference guide covers all aspects of vampirism--from the infamous lore about garlic, mirrors, and wooden stakes to fascinating descriptions of little-known books and films on the subject. Skal's look at the dark creature will recapture the imagination of millions and covers hundreds of topics related to vampires. Photos.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Plume
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Vampire Non-Fiction
21st out of 41 books — 18 voters
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Reese Lightning
Perfection. Published in 1996, this is the good stuff, before Twilight ruined vampire culture. Entries include Catholicism, folklore, class warfare, even the AIDS epidemic, not to mention every literary, film and television representation and the evolution of the styles and symbolism contained therein. My Netflix queue will never be the same.
Linds
Jan 18, 2012 Linds rated it really liked it
This book came out in the 90's, when vampires had started to get sexy, but were still dangerous and didn't glitter.

I enjoyed it. It's a synopsis of a lot of books, movies, and lore. There's a lot of obscure titles that might be interesting to Netflix one day.

What I found the most interesting is that this book came out in the 1990's, around when Interview with a Vampire was a movie. I of course picked up on the obvious homosexual overtones of that movie, but I didn't connect it with the AIDS cris
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Aug 30, 2014 Aidan Fortner rated it really liked it
As a long-time horror geek and vampire lover (as a kid, I went as Count Dracula for Halloween at least 5 years in a row), this book didn't really offer any knowledge I didn't already possess. However, I love David J. Skal and will read anything he writes and watch any program he appears in. Since my library recently made this title available and I hadn't come across it before, I had to pick it up. Skal knows his stuff and isn't shy about expressing his joy for (or disappointment in--Francis Ford ...more
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Aug 26, 2009 Christie rated it it was amazing
This book was really informative on the numerous works of Vampire films and fiction. A great way to bone up on your Vampire knowledge.
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David Skal is a mad genius.
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David J. Skal became fascinated with monsters at the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when indestructible monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man provided a "nuclear security blanket" for a whole generation of youngsters.

Active as an editor and reporter on his high school newspaper, he was granted a journalism scholarship to Ohio University, Athens, where he earned a bachelor'
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