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The Vampire (1928)

by Montague Summers

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Any investigation into vampire legends leads inevitably to the works of Montague Summers (1880-1948), whose research and writings in the 1920s established him as the subject's preeminent authority. This study examines vampire lore in fantastic detail, constituting a record of folk beliefs unequaled in its sheer scope and depth. It features all the apparatus of an academic work, including footnotes and references to rare source documents, and it addresses such issues as how vampires came into existence, vampirish behavior, vampire-like ancient myths, and vampires in modern literature.… (more)

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Throughout the whole vast shadowy world of ghosts and demons there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet dight with such fearful fascination, as the vampire, who is himself neither ghost nor demon, but yet who partakes the dark natures and possesses the mysterious and terrible qualities of both.
Introduction: In all the darkest pages of the malign supernatural there is no more terrible tradition than that of the Vampire, a pariah even among demons.
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Please do not combine this work with "The Vampire in Europe", also known as "The Vampire in Lore and Legend", it is a different work.

The Vampire has also been published under the titles: "The Vampire: His Kith and Kin" ond "Vampires and Vampirism".
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Any investigation into vampire legends leads inevitably to the works of Montague Summers (1880-1948), whose research and writings in the 1920s established him as the subject's preeminent authority. This study examines vampire lore in fantastic detail, constituting a record of folk beliefs unequaled in its sheer scope and depth. It features all the apparatus of an academic work, including footnotes and references to rare source documents, and it addresses such issues as how vampires came into existence, vampirish behavior, vampire-like ancient myths, and vampires in modern literature.

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Throughout he whole vast shadowy world of ghosts and demons there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet the cause of such fearful fascination, as the vampire.

So begins Montague Summers' book on this creature which has been such an endless source of fascination down the centuries. The author's extensive research shows that far from being a purely Eastern European phenomenon confined to the Slavonic beast we associate wit the tales of Bram Stoker, the vampiric creature that feeds on blood has a place in cultures all over the world. Its presence has been recored as far apart as Peking and Bristol in England.

There are few topics that this exhaustive vampire compendium leaves untouched: how a vampire gets into a house, how to track it, recognize its grave, how to get rid of it (remedies vary from burning to trapping it in a bottle) and how to prevent its return. It is an essential bedtime read.
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