Vampires from Mythology

The Natural History of the Vampire.
Anthony Masters.

Today, vampire belief is all but dead, and the vampire himself has been reduced to a figure of fun by horror films and comic books. Now, Anthony Masters, in this fascinating and comprehensive survey of vampire mythology, has restored the dreaded vampire to his state of demonic power.

This is a good book, showing the Vampires Origins from all over the world.

The Vampire.
Montague Summers.

'Throughout the whole vast shadowy world of ghosts and deamons 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 with the tales of Bram Stoker, the vampire creature that feeds on blood has a place in cultures all over the world. Its presence has been recorded as far apart as Peking and Brisol in England.

Motague Summers spent a good part of his life investigating Ocult phenomenon. and this book is a must read for anyone interested in the Vampire. But the authers use of different quotes from different languages does tend to get a bit confusing and it does make the book hard reading.