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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

Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 06, 2016 Kerry rated it liked it
Only a small chunk of this book is a brief history of Vampires. Following that is a rather droning history of Romania and Vlad Tepes which would have been far more appealing if it didn't fill over half of the book. My main problem with this book overall, though, is the authors very clear opinion oozing from every page. He has a clear disdain for the modern and when criticizing certain books and films, he fails to appreciate any of the positives. His utter disregard for Neil Jordan and Interview ...more
Nicki Markus
Apr 15, 2013 Nicki Markus rated it liked it
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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
Princess Zimbellina
Jul 22, 2013 Princess Zimbellina rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, abandoned
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
Aug 09, 2015 Lizy rated it did not like it
Gave up on page 158. This book is awfully dull and gets way off the point. Instead of being a history of vampires, it's just like 'idk Dracula is a vampire.' It's stupid. I'm disappointed.
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.
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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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