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The Vampire His Kith and Kin

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
1928. In the present work, Mr. Montague endeavored to set forth what might be termed the philosophy of vampirism, and however ghastly and macabre they may appear, he felt that here one must not tamely shrink from a careful and detailed consideration of the many cognate passions and congruous circumstances which, there can be no reasonable doubt, have throughout the ages pl ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published 1960 by University Books (first published March 11th 1928)
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DJ Harris
May 21, 2013 DJ Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire Lovers, Vampyre Researchers, Vampire Enthusiasts, Historians
Recommended to DJ by: Vampire Research Center

The Vampires by Montague Summers

Learn the origins of the Vampire, the generation of the Vampire, the traits and practices of Vampirism, learn about Vampires in literature, and more!

If you try to read this composition purely for pleasure, you may be disappointed. This book is a very thorough collection of Vampire folklore, literature, and facts. These pages are filled with a ton of research material, the likes of which you may never see anywhere else.

The book is heavily laden with religious con
Steve Cran
This by far is one of the best books about vampires I have ever read.Some for you might feel that Montague Summers is dated but in. Reality when people write about vampires they will invariably consult his works. The book talks about exactly whet the title says , Vampires and things that are related to vampires. Vampires are all over the place: they can be seen in China, Ancient Mesopootamia, Egypts, Malaysia, Europe and Iraq. They share many of the same characteristics yet they can be different ...more
Rufusgermanicus Meelberg
This book was slow-going for the first half, and the part I best enjoyed was the critique of Vampire fiction at the back. The author is fairly restrained and scholarly when speaking of the history of vampire myth. He analyzes every major culture with a history of vampire myths, breaks them all down, and finds the common threads as well as the peculiarities. It is when he is reviewing works by other authors on the same subject, that he is at his most amusing. "Reviews" could easily be changed to ...more
Steven Kent
Jul 09, 2009 Steven Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
As a book you read for pleasure, this book scores a strong two stars. As a book you read for information, it rates a solid five. I am compromising.

Montague Summers knew and wrote more about vampires, werewolves and who knows what else than any man of his time. If you want to know about the world view of these creatures, Summers has it. You say you prefer to learn about the traditional Eastern European beliefs? No problem, Summers is your man.

And he writes about it in flowery, urn-of-the-century
had some tedious stuff about miracles and saints, but the connection was made between that and the vampire myth, my favorite chapter being the one about the myths of the middle-east, china, and other ancient countries.
May 30, 2015 Magrat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic reference book and one that has aged quite well in spite of the scientific advances since then.
This book is incredibly informative. It's got tons of legend & lore for lovers of vampire fiction.
Apr 08, 2008 Julia marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Another book on my shelf that I haven't actually taken out the time to read, but plan to quite soon and am excited about it.
Jul 01, 2012 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, folklore
Thank you, Marvel Comics, in their B & W magazines like Vampire Tales, which serialized this public-domain source!
John Browning
Jul 14, 2011 John Browning rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the most definitive edition of Summers's inaugural work on vampires to date, but I'm probably bias.
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Augustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 – 10 August 1948) was an eccentric English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his scholarly work on the English drama of the 17th century, as well as for his idiosyncratic studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe. He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the notorio ...more
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