American Vampires

Rating: 
4
Cover blurb:

Vampires are all-American guys. Having successfully survived their journey from eastern Europe, they have taken root in American culture where for some people they are entertainment and for others a definite reality. In this fascinating book, Norine Dresser, a folklorist, brings us the fruit of her unique research into the American vampire phenomenon. We meet individuals who enhance their sex lives through imbibing-though in very small amounts- another's blood and who dress and mask themselves as those idolized creatures. And we meet others whose obsession with vampires is confined to viewing endless reruns of "Dark Shadows." That soap opera's legions of fans, their annual conventions, and newsletters for a subculture all its own.

American vampires are big business, Dresser reveals; the vampire image occurs frequently in our daily lives-in television and radio commercials, on breakfast cereal boxes, on greeting cards, and, of course, in Halloween costumes. In short, from crib to crypt Americans are bombarded with the vampire icon-amusing, sexually titillating, and, of course, terrifying. Professor Dresser presents her scholarly research with a journalistic flair and wry humor that will appeal to a wide audience of readers.

Fanged Films

UK, 1980
The Monster Club
USA, 1973

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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