Join Brian Righi as he unearths the truth behind myths and beliefs, both ancient and modern. He traces the evolution of the vampire—from Dracula’s mysteriously empty grave and the enduring legend it spawned to terrifying documented cases of the real-life blood drinkers of today. Sordid and sultry, the vampire’s long and gruesome history is revealed:
—Various cultures’ beliefs and superstitions surrounding bloodthirsty immortals
—Chilling true accounts of the unquenchable bloodlust of historical figures such as Vlad the Impaler and Countess Báthory
—Stories and lore from villagers, as recalled from the author’s travels through Romania
—Serial killers who suffered from delusions of vampirism
—How the early Christian church inadvertently fed into the 18th-century Eastern European vampire scare
Do blood-drinking creatures of the night really exist?
Award-winning author and researcher Rosemary Ellen Guiley journeys across America and England to answer that question. In these pages you will discover:
· The history and folklore of people whose deaths go horribly wrong, turning them into blood-sucking and life-force-draining predators
· Interviews with people from all walks of life who believe they are vampires, and who want to become vampires
· Living vampires who are regarded as sorcerers and witches who possess great power
· The rise of the exotic vampire subculture, which flourishes around the world today
Vampires Among Us is a classic in vampire literature. This revised edition includes original and updated material that provides a unique look at the evolution of our beliefs, thoughts, desires, and fears about vampires. Father Sebastiaan, founder of the Sanguinarium, the Sabretooth Clan, and Vampire World, provides a powerful foreword.
“As with all things, vampires evolve, as does our research on them. Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s updated and new chapters are a welcome addition to an already compelling look at the vampire community. Well done, thought provoking and respectful of the unique individuals whose stories are told in this work.
--E.R. Vernor “Corvis Nocturnum,” author, Allure of the Vampire: Our Sexual Attraction to the Undead.
In Beware the Night, he takes readers into the very hierarchy of a hell on earth to expose the grisly rituals of a Palo Mayombe priest; a young girl whose innocence is violated by an incubus; a home invaded by the malevolent spirit of a supposedly murdered ninteenth-century bride; the dark side of a couple who were literally, the neighbors from hell; and more. Ralph Sarchie's NYPD revelations are a powerful and disturbing documented link between the true-crime realities of life and the blood-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror.