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Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight: The Complete Guide to Vampire Mythology

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this book, Charlotte Montague provides a guide to vampire mythology from around the world.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Sphere (first published 2010)
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
I haven't reviewed a mythology before so it does feel a little strange. I haven't read the entire book but dipped into it as if it were an encyclopedia. This is how I wanted to review this book, as a reference guide to all things vampire.

To start off with this is a gorgeous book. The pages are glossy and beautifully designed. The images used for each section of the book are great. The book is separated into five chapters with each sub-dividing further into different subjects. They range from the
I received this book as a Christmas gift from my partner.
At the time of reading I was mostly laid up in bed rather drowsy and nursing a terrible head cold.
so my appologies about my memory of it being a little foggy.

I did really enjoy it, it's different to all other vampire guides I have read.

The cover art, I found very appealing sort of like an old spell book.

Inside is where the real difference lies, Although the myths/and how these myths came about within this book are the exact same as the on
Shauna Tyndall
There is a lot more to this book than vampire mythology. There are biographies of historical figures rumoured to have been vampires, such as Vlad Tepes and Elizabeth Bathory. There is explanations about the connection between vampires and werewolves and details about books and movies based on vampire legends, such as The Vampire Chronicles and Twilight.

Very interesting, and, although a large, heavy book, easy to read.

The only thing I can find fault with is the fact that the author wrote the boo
Sarah (blissbubbley)
I have had this book for about two years now and I've read it through just once but I've come back and read it as a vampire resource countless times. I was recommended the book from a friend who thought I'd like it, she was right. I love all the mythology being put together alongside cult vampire classics such as Dracula up to the Twilight and True Blood times. I took off the papery sleeve as soon as I got it home, I like the feel of the actual hardcover and especially with a front cover that sh ...more
Really more of a 2.5 stars, but since I can't do half a star it gets rounded up.

As the title may suggest to you, this comes across as a book written to cash in on the popularity of Twilight. Especially since references to it crop up occasionally in the body of the book outside of the series' allocated two-page discussion, but also as the discussion of it includes no external criticism when it is sometimes included when discussing other books and films - don't want to alienate or upset your (pre
Andy Frankham-Allen
A well researched book, with wonderful detail on the historial and mythological context of vampires. For those not too hot on vampire history (and those who *think* they are), you'll come across loads of stuff you did not know. Even I learned a few things here, and that's saying something considering the amount of research I did into vampire lore for my Garden Saga novels. Some of the stories of supposed historical vampires were rather gruesome; vampire mythology is one thing, easily digested. B ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Vampires is a lavishly illustrated look at vampire myths and legends, spanning hundreds of years and many different countries and cultures. Author Charlotte Montague has clearly meticulously researched the subject, and I can only imagine the time it must have taken her to accumulate all the relevant material.

It's a veritable source of information where vampires are concerned, and begins with an introduction into the undead, both in myth and the media. From there, it goes on to explore the origin
Susan Greenwood
Very informative and quite fun to read to see where the popular stories originated from and to find some lesser known books to now read!
My family has been so supportive of my twilight love affair...buying me books to feed my never-ending curiosity with vamps. I dig this creepy book. I technically didn't "read" this book as much as I have flipped through and read excerpts as they catch my eye. The folkloric stories trace back centuries ago and cross multiple cultures -- which give me chills b/c the stories have sustained and embedded themselves so deeply into our art and literature. Cool book, slightly creepy, but fun to own if y ...more
Elaine White
I really like a good vampire story. However, I haven't really read any of the books. So, I thought I would get a rundown from this, as to what was good and what wasn't.

I really enjoyed this. It's a combination of comparisons between how different movies, books, myths describe vampires without saying which is right and which is wrong, or which is good and which is bad. It goes into the history, the real stories, the backgrounds and the fiction of vampires. A must read for vampire fans.
May 26, 2010 Willa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Good and interesting information. Not great writing or editing, but still worth reading for quick info on the development, history & current state of the vampire mythos.
I really liked learning from this book. my favorite thing to read is the Vampire devotees-- the serial killers!
lots of nice pictures and stuffs.Important stories about vampires and mythical sources.
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Charlotte Montague is an author specializing in maritime history. Her father was a naval office, and as a child, she travelled the world with her family. She travels for most of the year, but returns frequently to her home, a remote 18th century cottage close to a famous smuggler's cove on the Cornish coast.
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