The figure of the vampire has existed within the history of many cultures for thousands of years. While the true nature of the vampire is shrouded in mystery, its image is also prey to the often inconsistent or inaccurate stereotypes found in literature and film. This text presents a collection of writings that attempt to define the main characteristics of the vampire and to explore whether or not vampires truly exist among us.
"This is a useful introduction to current debate."
-- School Library Journal (March 2003)
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