Sarah Reviews: Vampires: From Dracula to Twilight: The Complete Guide to Vampire Mythology by Charlotte Montague
There's something about vampires. In all of their deadly, blood-sucking incarnations, they fascinate us. From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen, for centuries we have been enthralled by the mysterious legends that surround these dangerous creatures, and vampires have rarely been more popular than they are today. Pale-skinned, dark-cloaked, garlic-hating...the folklore is crawling with memorable images. But how much do we really know about the history of the vampire myth? And is there any truth in it?
Vlad the Impaler, the fifteenth-century warrior-prince renowned for his cruelty, is widely believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, but the roots of vampire mythology date back many centuries more, and fanged creatures of all shapes and sizes feature in cultures throughout the world. The Chupacabra - a strange beast said to stalk the countryside of Latin America - may appear to have little in common with the suave, sinister noblemen of gothic literature, or the tortured teen vampires of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series, but they all share one common obsession. A lust for blood.
Vampires explores these diverse myths and legends, their impact upon popular culture and the reason we just can't get enough of their blood-sucking ways. If you long to know more about your favorite vampire - whether it's Edward Cullen, Angel or the master himself, Count Dracula - then get your teeth into this...