By Matthew Beresford
In blood-soaked lore passed down the centuries, the vampire is a monster of never-ending fascination: from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this seductive lover of blood haunts pop culture and inhabits our darkest imaginings. The cultural background of the vampire is a wealthy and sundry story that's now ably documented in From Demons to Dracula, a compelling research of the vampire fable that finds why this creature of the undead fascinates us so.
Beresford’s chronicle roams from the mountains of jap Europe to the foggy streets of Victorian England to Hollywood, as he investigates the portrayal of the vampire in historical past, literature, and paintings. commencing with the unique Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and his prestige as a countrywide hero in Romania, he endeavors to winnow out truths from the complicated legend and folklore. From Demons to Dracula tracks the evolution of the vampire as an icon and supernatural creature, drawing on classical Greek and Roman myths, witch trials and medieval plagues, Gothic literature, or even modern works similar to Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire and Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian. Beresford additionally seems on the common influence of display vampires from tv indicates, vintage video clips starring Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, and newer motion pictures reminiscent of Underworld and Blade. Whether as a demon of the underworld or a light-fearing hunter of people, the vampire has continued during the centuries, the ebook unearths, as powerfully symbolic determine for human matters with existence, demise, and the afterlife.
A wide-ranging and engrossing chronicle, From Demons to Dracula casts this blood-thirsty nightstalker as a remarkably advanced and telling totem of our nightmares, actual and imagined.
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Also notable is the feast of St Elias (20 July / 1 August); it is said that if lightning were to strike a house on this day and cause it to catch ﬁre, one must not extinguish it, as God himself has lit the ﬁre. 22 It was said that the inhabitants of one village witnessed the image of the Virgin Mary and of Christ ‘miraculously’ appearing on wooden objects such as walls and signposts. 23 He admits that, to his eye, he could see nothing but some patterning amongst the wood, but the peasant would not be dissuaded.
With the transition from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages into the Iron Age and later, there appeared to be a shift in attitudes regarding not only death and burial customs but also the monuments attributed to these. In his Folklore of Prehistoric Sites in Britain Leslie Grinsell explains this shift: ‘it is generally accepted that the god of one religion becomes the Devil of that which replaces it. 11 From this early period almost all monuments came to be viewed in this way, from the chambered tombs and barrows to the standing stones, linear ditches and stone circles, and these monuments often share links with occult practices in the present.
The question here is whether the vampire actually existed in the human imagination up until this point. In order to attempt to answer this question, one must examine the set of beliefs and practices that grew alongside the modern ‘vampire’ from this period onwards: Christianity. 39 The Devil Tarot card. three Hisorical Roots: The Vampire in the Middle Ages Vamp²: vb vamp up to make (a sory, piece of music, etc) seem new by inventing addiional parts Collins Concise Dicionary I tell you, you walk this earth as all evil things do, by the will of God, to make mortals sufer for his Divine Glory.
From Demons to Dracula: The Creation of the Modern Vampire Myth by Matthew Beresford