From Demons to Dracula

Author: Matthew Beresford
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861897428
Release Date: 2008-12-15
Genre: History

In blood-soaked lore handed down the centuries, the vampire is a monster of endless fascination: from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this seductive lover of blood haunts popular culture and inhabits our darkest imaginings. The cultural history of the vampire is a rich and varied tale that is now ably documented in From Demons to Dracula, a compelling study of the vampire myth that reveals why this creature of the undead fascinates us so. Beresford’s chronicle roams from the mountains of Eastern Europe to the foggy streets of Victorian England to Hollywood, as he investigates the portrayal of the vampire in history, literature, and art. Opening with the original Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and his status as a national hero in Romania, he endeavors to winnow out truths from the complex legend and folklore. From Demons to Dracula tracks the evolution of the vampire as an icon and supernatural creature, drawing on classical Greek and Roman myths, witch trials and medieval plagues, Gothic literature, and even contemporary works such as Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Beresford also looks at the widespread impact of screen vampires from television shows, classic movies starring Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, and more recent films such as Underworld and Blade. Whether as a demon of the underworld or a light-fearing hunter of humans, the vampire has endured through the centuries, the book reveals, as powerfully symbolic figure for human concerns with life, death, and the afterlife. A wide-ranging and engrossing chronicle, From Demons to Dracula casts this blood-thirsty nightstalker as a remarkably complex and telling totem of our nightmares, real and imagined.

Dr cula

Author: Bram Stoker
ISBN: 1559029838
Release Date: 1997

The White Devil

Author: Matthew Beresford
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781780232058
Release Date: 2013-10-15
Genre: History

From Ovid’s Lycaon to Professor Lupin, from Teen Wolf to An American Werewolf in Paris, the lycanthrope, or werewolf, comes to us frequently on the page and the silver screen. These interpretations often display lycanthropy as a curse, with the afflicted person becoming an uncontrollable, feral beast during every full moon. But this is just one version of the werewolf—its origins can be traced back thousands of years to early prehistory, and everything from Iron Age bog bodies and Roman gods to people such as Joan of Arc, Adolf Hitler, and Sigmund Freud feature in its story. Exploring the role of this odd assortment of ideas and people in the myth, The White Devil tracks the development of the werewolf from its birth to the present day, seeking to understand why the wolf curse continues to hold a firm grip on the modern imagination. Combining early death and burial rites, mythology, folklore, archaeological evidence, and local superstitions, Matthew Beresford explains that the werewolf has long been present in the beliefs and mythology of the many cultures of Europe. He examines prehistoric wolf cults, the use of the wolf as a symbol of ancient Rome, medieval werewolf executions, and the eradication of wolves by authorities in England during the Anglo-Saxon period. He also surveys werewolf trials, medical explanations, and alleged sightings, as well as the instances in which lycanthropes appear in literature and film. With sixty illustrations of these often terrifying—but sometimes noble—beasts, The White Deviloffers a new understanding of the survival of the werewolf in European culture.

Vampires in Mythology

Author: Diane Bailey
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 9781448812271
Release Date: 2011-01-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Examines some of the historical myths of vampires from around the world.


Author: Christopher J. McNeil
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781425984557
Release Date: 2007-08-01
Genre: Fiction

An Archeological expedition that started as a search for the hidden remains of christ. Instead ends up releasing the curse of a crucified man. Unexplained deaths, and plagues emerges everywhere. As the word suffers in torment. Father Joseph, and detectives Fischer and McNeil inter a word of spirital warfare and find themselves face to face with the greatest enemy man has ever known. The story of Dracula is back like you never experienced before. In a horrifying tale of demonic possesion, spiritual torment, and bloodshed.This time he bears the mark of the beast.

Screening Scripture

Author: George Aichele
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1563383543
Release Date: 2002-05-01
Genre: Religion

An intertextual examination of popular films and scripture.

The World of Horrotica

Author: David Edward Collier
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781477118658
Release Date: 2012-11-15
Genre: Fiction


Victorian Demons

Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719063574
Release Date: 2004-09-04
Genre: Literary Collections

Victorian Demons provides the first extensive exploration of largely middle-class masculinities in crisis at the fin de siècle. It analyzes how ostensibly controlling models of masculinity became demonized in a variety of literary and medical contexts, revealing the period to be much more ideologically complex than has hitherto been understood. Andrew Smith demonstrates how a Gothic language of monstrosity, drawn from narratives such as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Dracula, increasingly influenced a range of medical and cultural contexts, destabilizing these apparently dominant masculine scripts. He provides a concise analysis of a range of examples relating to masculinity drawn from literary, medical, legal and sociological contexts, including Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man), the Whitechapel murders of 1888, Sherlock Holmes's London, the writings and trials of Oscar Wilde, theories of degeneration and medical textbooks on syphilis.

Count Dracula Goes to the Movies

Author: Lyndon W. Joslin
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476628769
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Performing Arts

First published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has never been out of print. Yet most people are familiar with the title character from the movies. Count Dracula is one of the most-filmed literary characters in history—but has he (or Stoker’s novel) ever been filmed accurately? In its third edition, this study focuses on 18 adaptations of Dracula from 1922 to 2012, comparing them to the novel and to each other. Fidelity to the novel does not always guarantee a good movie, while some of the better films are among the more freely adapted. The Universal and Hammer sequels are searched for traces of Stoker, along with several other films that borrow from the novel. The author concludes with a brief look at four latter-day projects that are best dismissed or viewed for ironic laughs.

Woman and the Demon

Author: Nina Auerbach
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674954076
Release Date: 1982
Genre: Social Science

Analyzes the Victorian conception of both demonic and divine nature of women in Victorian art and literature


Author: Bram Stoker
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191614132
Release Date: 2011-02-24
Genre: Fiction

'it was butcher work...the horrid screeching as the stake drove home; the plunging of writhing form, and lips of bloody foam' Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic shocker introduced Count Dracula to the world, an ancient creature bent on bringing his contagion to London, the very heart of the British Empire. Only a handful of men and women stand between Dracula and his long-cherished goal, but they are vulnerable and weak against the cunning and supernatural powers of the Count and his legions. As the horrifying story unfolds in the diaries and letters of young Jonathan Harker, Lucy, Mina, and Dr Seward, Dracula will be victorious unless his nemesis Professor Van Helsing can persuade them that monsters still lurk in the era of electric light. The most famous of all vampire stories, Dracula is a mirror of its age, its underlying themes of race, religion, science, superstition, and sexuality never far from the surface. A compelling read, rattling along at break-neck speed, it is a modern classic. This new edition includes Stoker's companion piece, 'Dracula's Guest'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Blood is the Life

Author: Leonard G. Heldreth
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 0879728035
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism

Today the vampire is a major cultural icon and can be found in breakfast foods, comics, television, computer games, films, and books from academic studies to best-selling novels. While readers may be familiar with such figures as Dracula and Lestat, few are aware of the range of the vampire legacy that stretches from the early nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth. The essays in this volume use a humanistic viewpoint to explore the evolution and significance of the vampire in literature. Contributors examine—besides Dracula—characters such as Lord Ruthven, Carmilla Karnstein, Stephen King's Kurt Barlow, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint-Germain, and Anne Rice's recoded vampires. Other authors investigated include George R. R. Martin, Brian Stableford, Kim Newman, Colin Wilson, Poppy Z. Brite, and Tanith Lee.

Vlad Dracula the Desolate One

Author: Kevin Michael Guest
Publisher: Kevin Michael Guest
ISBN: 9781466220843
Release Date: 2011-10-01
Genre: Fiction

Centuries after the Ark of the Covenant was delivered to a secret church in Ethiopia, a young prince stood before a great Turkish army. It was on that battlefield that he would lose his life, then his soul. Prince Vlad Tepes the III would come to be the greatest villain of all time, Dracula. His selfish lust for power led him to misery and suffering under the Devil's false promises. Dracula's death at the hand of a Texas Bowie Knife was a con. The movies, books, and stories of Dracula are but a glimpse into his life. It is only when he finally gives himself fully to the Devil's will that his suffering eases. The Devil pulls off the greatest con on the human race and the priests in Ethiopia are waiting. All will be revealed when vanity reaches a pinnacle of decadence. “The fact that you're skeptical about my identity is a testament to the Devil's con.”


Author: Gary Don Rhodes
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786427659
Release Date: 1997-02-01
Genre: Performing Arts

He was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United States in 1920. As he became a star in American horror films in the 1930s and 1940s, publicists and fan magazines crafted outlandish stories to create a new history for Lugosi. The cinema's Dracula was transformed into one of Hollywood's most mysterious actors. This exhaustive account of Lugosi's work in film, radio, theater, vaudeville and television provides an extensive biographical look at the actor. The enormous merchandising industry built around him is also examined.