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By Bob Curran

"Vampire!" The very notice evokes visions of ruined castles, of enigmatic, pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in darkish cloaks, of napping beauties being bloodily ravished via supernatural, nocturnal creatures. yet simply how actual is that photograph? How a lot will we relatively learn about those mysterious entities? unusually, might be, virtually each tradition can boast of its personal vampire beings, few of which correspond to the inventory Hollywood image-some usually are not even human in shape, a few don't drink blood, a few seem in sunlight. Are you prepared for such horrors because the Penangal, the screaming blood-soaked lead that drifts throughout the Malayan jungle looking sufferers; the Jaracacca, the Brazilian stalker that hides within the outfits of its sufferers to drink their blood or physically fluids; or the Aswang, the scaly demon of the Philippines, who lies one of the leafy roofs of huts and beverages via its tongue? and the way can we eliminate vampires? Is the straightforward stake throughout the heart-much loved of Hollywood directors-really adequate, or is there whatever extra? And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires-what if the vampire is Jewish (a dibbyuk)? Vampires is a special, lavishly illustrated paintings that explores the wealthy variety of vampire trust and lore, starting from international locations as assorted as Japan, Sweden and eire, taking a look at their ancient origins, and atmosphere them of their cultural context.

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