WWW.SHROUDEATER.COM - Books about Vampire Literature
We have never made a secret of the fact that our main interest is in non-fictional vampires. Now of course this does not necessarily imply that we do not enjoy a good vampire story. It does mean, however, that you are not going to find reviews or lists of vampire novels and stories on this site. Having said that, I think that we can make an exception for books that have the phenomenon of vampire fiction as their subject. So here are the titles of a few factual books about Vampire Fiction.
Margaret L. Carter [b. 1948] :
"The Vampire in Literature" 
UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor & London, 1989 - pp.136
ISBN: 0 8357 1998 7
Oliver Claes :
"Fremde. Vampire. - Sexualität, Tod und Kunst bei Elfriede Jelinek und Adolf Musch" 
Aisthesis Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany, 1994 - pp.204
ISBN: 3 89528 109 3
Greg Cox :
"The Transylvanian Library - a Consumer's Guide to Vampire Fiction" 
Borgo Press, San Bernardino, CA, USA, 1993 - pp.264
ISBN: 0 89370 335 4
Let us start with the bad news: sadly, there is a limit to the number of novels and stories that get a mention in this Guide. The good news is: the entries are not limited to bibliographical details only. There also is a short synopsis of the stories plus the comments and opinions of author Greg Cox. A very good and useful introduction to vampire fiction.
Stephen B. Cox :
"Blood - A Vampyric Bibliography" 
Coxland Press, Reading, UK, 1994 - pp.44
ISBN: 1 872543 91 X
Antoine Faivre & Jean Marigny (ed.) :
"Colloque de Cerisy - Les Vampires" 
Albin Michel, Paris, France, 1993 - pp.304
ISBN 2 226 06611 X
A number of academic papers, mostly on the subject of the vampire in fiction. But amongst them are a couple of excellent articles about the traditional vampire. Antoine Faivre's brilliant bibliography most certainly deserves a special mention.
Daniel Farson :
"The Man who wrote Dracula" 
Michael Joseph, London, UK, 1975 - pp.240
ISBN: 0 7181 1098 6
Yes, you are right. This is a biography of Bram Stoker.
Jacques Finné :
"La Bibliographie de Dracula" 
Editions L'Age d'Homme, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1986 - pp.216
Nice bibliography about vampire fiction, which lists many titles that you may not know. Sadly, it turned out that the book is not always accurate in its dates and other facts. Nevertheless I have found the book useful on many occassions and am pleased to have it on my shelf.
Christopher Frayling :
"The Vampyre - Lord Ruthven to Count Dracula" 
Gollancz, London, UK, 1978 - pp.336
ISBN: 0 575 02390 2
Ken Gelder :
"Reading the Vampire" 
Routledge, London, UK, 1994 - pp.162
ISBN: 0 415 08013 4
This book should be of interest to those who are into "vampire literature".
Pierre Gripari :
"Pedigree du Vampire" 
L'Age d'Homme, 1977 - pp.228
Nice book that brings together texts and comments from various times and from different cultures.
Stefan Hock :
"Die Vampirsagen - und ihre Verwertung in der deutschen Literatur" 
Edition Geheimes Wissen, no place, 2006 - pp.139
Sabine Jarrot :
"Le Vampire dans la Littérature du XIXe au XXe Siècle" 
l'Harmattan, Paris, France, 1999 - pp.224
ISBN: 2 7384 8540 5
This interesting book, which was written by a sociologist, investigates some of the differences between fictional vampires from the 19th and the 20th Centuries.
Erwin Jänsch :
"Vampir Lexikon" 
SoSo, Augsburg, Germany, 1995 - pp.376
ISBN: 3 923914 26 1
This massive book offers a wealth of information about German vampire literature.
Clive Leatherdale :
"Dracula - The Novel & The Legend" 
The Leisure Circle, UK, 1985 - pp.256
What can I say ? The first couple of chapters deal with traditional vampirism. The rest of the book should appeal to those who are into Dracula and vampire fiction.
Harry Ludlam :
"A Biography of Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula" 
New English Library, London, UK, 1977 - pp.224
Jean Marigny :
"Le Vampire dans la Littérature du XXe Siècle" 
Honoré Champion, Paris, France, 2003 - pp.384
ISBN: 2 7453 0818 1
Undoubtedly the very best book on vampire fiction that I have read so far. Perhaps it is not the cheapest book that I have ever seen. But it is well worth the price. The book concentrates on vampire stories in English and French. It is a rather limited edition. So if you want a copy, I wouldn't wait too long. Inside France, the book can be ordered straight from the publishers. And outside France, you can get your copy from Editions Slatkine in Genève, Switzerland. They can be found on the internet: www.slatkine.com. If you are into vampire fiction and do read French, this book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
Raymond T. McNally & Radu R. Florescu :
"The Essential Dracula" 
Mayflower Books, New York, USA, 1979
ISBN: 0 8317 2993 7
Elizabeth Miller (ed.) :
"Bram Stoker's DRACULA - a documentary Journey into Vampire Country and the Dracula Phenomenon" 
Pegasus Books, New York, USA, 2009 - pp.392
ISBN: 978 1 60598 052 2
Ok, so maybe I may not be the greatest Dracula fan in the world, but this looks like a rather interesting book, good enough even to give it a place in my vampire book section. Further information to follow soon.
Elizabeth Miller & Dacre Stoker (ed.) :
"The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker" 
Robson Press, London, UK, 2012 - pp.338
ISBN: 978 1 84954 188 6
FURTHER INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.
Franco Pezzini :
"Cercando Carmilla - la leggenda della donna vampira" 
Ananke, Torino, Italy, 2000 - pp.160
ISBN: 88 86626 67 3
A substantial part of the book deals with vampire fiction, in particular with stories like LeFanu's "Carmilla" and Stoker's "Dracula's Guest". Stories that suggest that Steiermark or Styria is a "vampire region". Franco Pezzini has also investigated the theory that "Carmilla" might be based on a real historical figure: Barbara of Cilli, the 2nd wife of Emperor Sigismund of Luxemburg. And he has managed to unearth some rather interesting facts about this "vampire lady". Facts that you would not easily find elsewhere. Without a doubt, this is an excellent and original study that definitely deserves to be translated into other languages.
Alain Pozzuoli :
"Bram Stoker - Prince des Ténèbres" 
Librairie Séguier, France, 1989 - pp.174
The first two parts of this book bring us a biography of Bram Stoker. The third part brings us much material about vampires in general.
Katherine Ramsland :
"The Vampire Companion" 
Ballantine Books, New York, USA, 1993 - pp.508
ISBN: 0 345 37922 5
If you are not into Anne Rice and her vampire books, then I very much doubt if you should bother. As to those of you who are into Lestat and Company, I'm sure that you already have bought yourself a copy by now.
Barbara Sadoul (ed.) :
"Visages du Vampire" 
Éditions Dervy, Paris, France, 1999 - pp.252
ISBN: 2 85076 970 3
Carol A. Senf :
"The Vampire in 19th Century English Literature" 
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, USA, 1988 - pp.204
"Blood, Eroticism, and the 20th-Century Vampire", "The Vampire as Gothic Villain", "Myth becomes Metaphor in Realistic Fiction", etc. That sort of thing. If you are into vampire fiction, uh... pardon me, I mean "vampire literature", then getting yourself a copy of this book would seem like a good investment.
Roxana Stuart :
"Stage Blood - Vampires of the 19th-Century Stage" 
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, USA, 1994 -
ISBN: 0 87972 660 1
This is an excellent book, the best that I have ever seen on the subject. So if
you want to learn more about vampires in the theatre, look no further and
quickly get yourself a copy of this.
James B. Twitchell :
"The Living Dead - a Study of the Vampire in Romantic Literature" 
Duke University Press, Durham, NC, USA, 1981 - pp.220
ISBN: 0 8223 0789 8
Quite interesting - if you happen to be into vampire fiction, that is.
Leonard Wolf :
"The Annotated Dracula" 
Clarkson N. Potter, New York, USA, 1975 - pp.362
ISBN: 0 517 52017 6
Beautifully produced and illustrated version of Stoker's "Dracula". The notes and illustrations offer such a wealth of information, that I could not leave this book off the list.
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