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CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION

I : DRACULA'S DYNASTY
Bram Stoker and the literary and cultural background of Dracula.
The vampire in prose, poetry and on stage during the nineteenth century.
A brief history of Bram Stoker and the progress of his opus from book
to stage to silver screen.

II : THE ANCIENT EVIL
The legends and folklore on vampires that Stoker drew upon for Dracula.
The eighteenth century vampire plagues in Eastern Europe and what scholars
made of them. How the ideas spread to the West.
Premature Burial and the Masticating Dead. The Spiritualist perspective.

III : BLOODLUST
The mystical significance of blood in ancient and medieval times.
The lamia, succubus, ghoul and other vampires in ancient Rome, Greece
and the Middle East. Adamís first wife Lilith as a vampire.
Parallels in other cultures.

IV : DRACULA, THE BLOOD COUNTESS AND BLUEBEARD
History and legends of the original Prince Dracula, his kinswoman
Countess Elisabeth Bathory of Hungary and Gilles de Retz.

V : THE UNLIVING LEGEND
Modern outbreaks of vampire hysteria. Real vampires in the past century.


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