Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend
Mark Jenkins’s engrossing history draws on the latest science, anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others. From the... show more
Mark Jenkins’s engrossing history draws on the latest science, anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others. From the earliest whispers of eternal evil in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, vampire tales flourished through the centuries and around the globe, fueled by superstition, sexual mystery, fear of disease and death, and the nagging anxiety that demons lurk everywhere.In Vampire Forensics, Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend to tease out the historical truths enshrined in the tales of terror: sherds of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th-century Venetian grave of a plague victim and suspected vampire; and the Transylvanian castle of "Vlad the Impaler," whose bloodthirsty cruelty remains unsurpassed.Jenkins navigates centuries of lore and legend, adding new chapters to the chronicle and weaving an irresistibly seductive blend of superstition, psychology, and science sure to engross everyone from Anne Rice’s countless readers to serious students of archaeology and mythology.
Publish date: February 16th 2010
Publisher: National Geographic
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
Vampire Forensics is an entertaining book filled with factoids that attempts to explore the history of vampires. Mark Collins Jenkins cites folklore, literary characters (e.g. Dracula), anthropological, archaeological, medical (e.g. rabies, plague victims, funerary practices) and other scientific re...
I’ve liked vampires for a long time – maybe it began with Twilight (yes, I like Twilight – the books, not the movies), or with the Argeneau novels or some other source too far back in the past to be properly remembered. I loved, loved, loved Dracula and it’s the older versions of vampire tales that ...
i recommend this book to those who are interested to find out more about the origins of the vampire lore. despite its scholarly approach, i find it readable and easy to digest. it would have been more interesting for me though if the author included some photographs.
E book starts off very interesting. It gradually gets off target to include all types of burial methods. The good thing is that it is an interesting topic. If you like odd facts and dates, this is the book for you.
I've skimmed over half the book. I might pick it up again; I might not.Here's the problem.If you've read The Vampire: A Casebook or any other book about vampires, you know everything that this book is talking about.Honestly, I also would have thought that some one working for Nat Geo would have got...