Before Bella and Edward, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, there was Lestat and Louis, The Lost Boys and Buffy Summers. Before True Blood and Let the Right One In, there was Dark Shadows and Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Then there is the most prominent of them all: Dracula, immortalized by Bram Stoker in 1897. Whether they’re evil, bloodsucking monsters or sparkling like diamonds in the sunlight, vampires have been capturing our imagination since their modest beginnings in the rustic fantasies of southeastern Europe in the early eighteenth century. Today, they’re everywhere, even appearing in Japanese and Korean films and in reggae music in Jamaica. Why have vampires gone viral in recent years?
In The Rise of the Vampire, Erik Butler explains our enduring fascination with the creatures of the night. Exploring why a being of humble origins has achieved success of such monstrous proportions, Butler considers the vampire in myth, literature, film, journalism, political cartoons, music, television and video games. He describes how and why they have come to give expression to the darker side of human life – though vampires evoke age-old mystery, they also embody many of the uncertainties of the modern world. Butler also ponders the role global markets and digital technology have played in making vampires a worldwide phenomenon.
Whether you’re a fan of classic vampire tales or new additions to the mythology, The Rise of the Vampire is a fascinating look at our collective obsession with the undead.
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Published October 21, 2013
by Reaktion Books.
Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography.