A Brief History of Vampires
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A Brief History of Vampires

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With the phenomenal success of the Twilight series and the popularity of shows like True Blood on HBO, vampires continue to be embedded in popular culture. Vampires have haunted readers and movie lovers for centuries and have been interpreted in every genre since.M. J. Trow charts the whole phenomena from its origins, depicting the story of warrior-prince Vlad of Wallachia...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nicki Markus
Approaching A Brief History of Vampires, I had expected a bit more about vampires in popular culture. I was expecting to read a little of Vlad Tepes and the impact of Dracula and then look at the development of vampires through modern culture.

There was a little about vampires on screen etc. in the first third of the book, but then the rest was dedicated to the life and times of Vlad Tepes. There was nothing wrong with this in itself and I had no issues with the author's research or writing, but...more
Princess Zimbellina
The cultural studies parts were well written. I got up to the second section which started on Vlad's history. How did you make Vlad the Impaler boring? I didn't like the way it was written. What ultimately made me put this book down is the repetition of the phrase 'this will be addressed in later sections' or some derivative. It felt like the editing or organization of the information was off if the author had to repeat this so often. I have never read an analysis of anything that repeated that...more
E'yen Gardner
This book is interesting if you are into Bram Stoker's Dracula and how it has impacted most vampire stories. If you are into history this book is for you. It has a lot of background about Dracula but it was very boring at times for me.
I enjoyed this book, the first part is about the vampire in popular culture. But most of the book is about the historical Vlad and the history of central Europe. It was enlightening.
It was pretty good.
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Meirion James Trow is a full-time teacher of history who has been doubling as a crime writer for seventeen years. Originally from Ferndale, Rhondda in South Wales he now lives on the Isle of Wight. His interests include collecting militaria, film, the supernatural and true crime.
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