Encounters with Vampires

From the Series The Vampire Library
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For some, vampires are the stuff of fiction; for others, real life encounters have convinced them that vampires walk among us. Terrifying stories of vampire sightings, vampires attacks, and vampire hunting suggest that the truth of these fanged creatures is stranger than any fiction.

Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2011
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series The Vampire Library
Language English
Number of Pages 80
ISBN 9781601521330, 9781601522078B
Title Format Reinforced book, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2011-08-01
Author David Robson
Dewey 398
 

Booklist

Energetic and surprisingly educational, this lively five-book series seizes upon a zeitgeist topic and takes it as far as possible, delving into fact, folklore, cinema, and literature with equal aplomb.

Library Media Connection

Vampire lore has been part of human culture for thousands of years and across all continents. Vampire mania is rampant among today’s teens, and this series can strengthen any “anemic” vampire reference section. The series examines vampires from the perspective of history, literature, and film. The book on encounters uses science and medicine to explain some phenomena. While the source notes, further resources and index make this a good series for report writers, the topic and clear presentation with full-color photos and illustrations also make it a good pick for browsers. Table of Contents.

School Library Journal

The entertaining Literature, History and Lore, and Movies describe the metamorphosis the vampire persona has undergone since its early role as a truly feared monster in Babylonia and its appearance in popular 19th-century tabloid stories, to its cinema debut in a 1916 German movie and beyond. With little overlapping material, the titles describe how the characteristics of a vampire have changed as people’s understanding of the world around them has developed. “Strange as It Sounds…” sidebars house oddball facts such as “The first script of the Twilight film was very different from the book. Bella was a track star, and FBI agents used Jet Skis to chase evil vampires” (Literature). The thoroughness with which the subjects are treated and the connections made to literature and cinema make these books excellent choices. Encounters and Do They Exist? describe in more detail how, in the past, people’s ignorance about illness and death, and truly brutal historical figures (Countess Bathory and Vlad Dracula are two) led to a belief in vampires. Both titles go on to describe modern-day instances of vampirism. These volumes are darker than the other three, as the details are explicit: Encounters, for example, describes how a student stabbed his elderly neighbor 22 times, then removed her heart and drank her blood, “in an apparent attempt to turn himself into a vampire.” Of additional concern with these two titles is the vagueness of some of the source notes, especially where interviews are concerned.

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–The entertaining Literature, History and Lore, and Movies describe the metamorphosis the vampire persona has undergone since its early role as a truly feared monster in Babylonia and its appearance in popular 19th-century tabloid stories, to its cinema debut in a 1916 German movie and beyond. With little overlapping material, the titles describe how the characteristics of a vampire have changed as people’s understanding of the world around them has developed. “Strange as It Sounds…” sidebars house oddball facts such as “The first script of the Twilight film was very different from the book. Bella was a track star, and FBI agents used Jet Skis to chase evil vampires” (Literature). The thoroughness with which the subjects are treated and the connections made to literature and cinema make these books excellent choices. Encounters and Do They Exist? describe in more detail how, in the past, people’s ignorance about illness and death, and truly brutal historical figures (Countess Bathory and Vlad Dracula are two) led to a belief in vampires. Both titles go on to describe modern-day instances of vampirism. These volumes are darker than the other three, as the details are explicit: Encounters, for example, describes how a student stabbed his elderly neighbor 22 times, then removed her heart and drank her blood, “in an apparent attempt to turn himself into a vampire.” Of additional concern with these two titles is the vagueness of some of the source notes, especially where interviews are concerned.

Booklist

Stephenie Meyer’s novels and the HBO hit series True Blood may be more fact than fiction according to this entry in the Vampire Library series. Robson writes with energetic flair as he lays out both folklore and real-world reports of bloodsucking beings. Expanding beyond familiar Transylvanian tales and stories of vampires in strictly human form, the author’s survey is global, from the Malaysian langsuyar, believed to be responsible for many newborn deaths, to the red-eyed, monstrous Latin American chupacabra, notorious for preying on livestock (its name combines the Spanish words for “suck” and “goat”). Pages washed with red stains and graphic artwork and photos underscore the subject’s inherent gore, which Robson frankly discusses throughout, including in the frequent sidebars, such as a vampire hunters’ detection guide, which outlines what to notice “at the graveyard” and “inside the coffin.” Young vampirefiction fans will find much to ponder here, while the accounts of contemporary murders with purported vampire links may emerge as the most chilling and grisly. Source notes and suggested reading bolster the title’s curricular use.

Author: David Robson

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