By Matthew Beresford
In blood-soaked lore passed down the centuries, the vampire is a monster of unending fascination: from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this seductive lover of blood haunts pop culture and inhabits our darkest imaginings. The cultural background of the vampire is a wealthy and sundry story that's now ably documented in From Demons to Dracula, a compelling examine of the vampire fable that finds why this creature of the undead fascinates us so.
Beresford’s chronicle roams from the mountains of japanese Europe to the foggy streets of Victorian England to Hollywood, as he investigates the portrayal of the vampire in background, literature, and artwork. establishing with the unique Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and his prestige as a countrywide hero in Romania, he endeavors to winnow out truths from the advanced 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, or even modern works reminiscent of Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Beresford additionally appears on the common impression of reveal vampires from tv indicates, vintage video clips starring Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, and newer movies resembling Underworld and Blade. Whether as a demon of the underworld or a light-fearing hunter of people, the vampire has persisted throughout the centuries, the ebook finds, as powerfully symbolic determine for human matters with existence, demise, and the afterlife.
A wide-ranging and engrossing chronicle, From Demons to Dracula casts this blood-thirsty nightstalker as a remarkably advanced and telling totem of our nightmares, genuine and imagined.