Sunday, 15 July 2007

The Fantastic Vampire

The Fantastic Vampire: Studies in the Children of the Night (Greenwood Press, 1997) is a pretty expensive book that I have had the opportunity to borrow. It has nothing of particular value for the historical study of Magia Posthuma, as it is mainly about Bram Stoker and various themes related to the vampire in film, fiction and popular culture. However, I found Elizabeth Miller's discussion of Stoker's 1901 abridged edition of Dracula interesting, and there are a few other papers on Stoker that might be worth reading. The editor, James Craig Holte, writes about Christopher Lee and the Hammer Dracula films, and Raymond T. McNally reviews a few classic examples of 'Irish gothic'. The table of contents and an excerpt are available at amazon.

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