"Vampires" explores the diverse myths and legends, their impact upon popular culture and the possible explanations behind such phenomena. The book also investigates the lives of real-life individuals who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of blood, drawing on the vampiric tradition for their inspiration. From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen, for centuries we have been enthralled by the mysterious legends that surround these dangerous creatures, and vampires rarely have been more popular than they are today. Pale-skinned, dark-cloaked, garlic-hating the folklore is crawling with memorable images that share one thing in common: their lust for blood. This book examines the vampire myth from all angles: from its genesis in folklore to its status today as one of the most iconic figures in popular culture. We will try to find out how this strange creature, who came into being centuries ago transformed through gothic imagination from a hideous monster into a suave villain. This book creates a beautiful addition to anyone interested in the paranormal, and a great gift for gothic readers. "
Charlotte Montague is a freelance writer who specializes in general history. After gaining an M.A. degree in Cultural History from Sussex University, she began writing on a variety of subjects including ethnic cultures, travel, and music. More recently, she developed an interest in the history of mythical creatures. Her current research has taken her to many parts of the globe, including Africa and the Far East. She travels for most of the year, but returns frequently to her home, a remote eighteenth-century cottage on the Cornish coast.