Truth About Dracula, The

The Truth About Dracula
Review by A Fiend, submitted on 7-Jan-2002

This book examines the vampire and Dracula myths of central Europe in light of religious and political factors that may have assisted the spread of the myth and have contributed to its continued popularity.

The author's central hypothesis is that the schism between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches played a role in the spread and evolution of the vampire myth in the late Renaissance and early modern periods.

The book includes relatively good discussions about the nature of the vampire in different parts of Europe and the methods used by the local populace to deal with the menace. Long sections are devoted to the historical Dracula and the Countess Elizabeth Nadasdy nee Bathory.

The final chapters discuss the role of the vampire and Dracula myths in 20th century political ideology and propaganda.

Ronay, Gabriel, The Truth About Dracula, (c) 1972 by Ronay Gabriel as The Dracula Myth, Stein and Day/Publishers, Scarborough House, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510, 1974.

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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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