The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television

A Comprehensive Bibliography


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About the Book

This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

About the Author(s)

J. Gordon Melton is the distinguished professor of American religious history at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He is also an accomplished scholar of vampire and Dracula studies and the author of multiple books. He lives in Woodway, Texas.

Alysa Hornick has maintained Whedonology: An Academic Whedon Studies Bibliography since 2005. She lives and works in New York City.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled by J. Gordon Melton and Alysa Hornick

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 388
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9936-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2083-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction by J. Gordon Melton 1
Vampire Studies: A Brief Overview 9
A Vampire Timeline, with Special Reference to Literature, Stage Drama, Cinema and Television, 1800–2013 15

I—Vampires and Vampirism: General Sources
Bibliographies, Libraries and Booklore 23
Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Biographical Guides 27
Books, Monographs and Articles 29

II—Folklore and History
Folklore and Mythology 39
Historical Perspective 51
Vlad Tepes 55
Elizabeth Bathory 57
Vampire Slayers 59

Vampire Literature Before Dracula 62
Lord Byron, William Polidori and “The Vampyre” 69
Sheridan Le Fanu and “Carmilla” 72
Bram Stoker and Dracula, the Novel 75
Vampire Literature Since Dracula 109
Sherlock Holmes’ Vampire Encounters 123
The Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice 125
Stephen King’s Vampires 132

IV—Vampires on Stage and Screen
Stage Drama 135
Cinematic Vampires: General 139
Cinematic Vampires: The Silent Era 147
Cinematic Vampires: The Universal Era 151
Cinematic Vampires : World War II 156
Cinematic Vampires: Hammer Movies 168
Cinematic Vampires: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker’s Dracula 175
Cinematic Vampires: The Twilight Saga 179
Cinematic Vampires from Asia 195

V—Vampires on Television
General Sources 198
Dark Shadows 202
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel 208
True Blood 286

VI—Vampires in Music and Art
Music 292
Art 295
Graphic Arts, Comic Books 297

VII—The Metaphorical Vampire
Vampires as Social Science Metaphors 304
Psychological Perspectives on Vampirism 308
Medical Treatments of Vampirism 316
Vampires, Religion and Theology 319
Vampires and the Law 324
Vampirism, Crime and Criminology 327
Vampire Animals and Plants 331

VIII—The Contemporary Vampire Subculture
The Contemporary Vampire 335
Cookbooks and Cuisine 343

Children’s Books 345
Pseudo-Documentaries 350

Appendix A: Top Grossing Vampire Movies 353
Appendix B: Vampire Series on Television 354
Appendix C: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Conferences 356
Index 357

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “very thorough…excellent”—ARBA
  • “lists some 6,000 books and articles…a checklist for collectors and libraries”—Communications Booknotes Quarterly