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The Secret History of Vampires


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Table of Contents


1 The Vampire Myth

2 Man, Life, Death

3 The Life of the Dead

4 Precursors of the Vampire

5 Names of the Vampire

6 How Do We Protect Ourselves from Vampires?

7 Identifying and Killing the Vampire

8 Questions and Answers

Appendix 1 The Vampires of Medvegia

Appendix 2 The Dead Woman's Shroud

Appendix 3 The Vampire of Bendschin or Pentsch




About the Author

Claude Lecouteux is a former professor of mediaeval literature and civilisation at the Sorbonne. He is the author of numerous books on mediaeval and pagan afterlife beliefs, including The Return of the Dead and Witches, Werewolves and Fairies. He lives in Paris.


"Both scholarly and accessible in this translation, The Secret History of Vampires is a gem. Lecouteux reveals ancient precursors to the vampire myth that are overlooked by most researchers. These and other theories are backed by a plethora of supporting evidence, including primary sources in the appendices, making this a must-add to any vampire library." * Konstantinos, author of Vampires: The Occult Truth *
" . . . readers interested in exploring vampire legend and lore will find this to be a book they can really sink their teeth into." * Richard D. Wright, Tranquil Things, Jan 2010 *
"The book is comprehensive and small enough to provide a source as a great sit down-with-coffee book. Vampire lovers will in fact love this book . . . feels comprehensive and intriguing enough to perhaps give you an edge over vampiric discussions in the future--enjoy! * Bone Digger, horrornews.net, March 2010 *
"Anyone curious into the origins of myths in general and the public perception of vampires in particular absolutely must read The Secret History of Vampires! Highly recommended especially for public library folklore shelves." * The Midwest Book Review, April 2010 *
"The best-seller lists are fang-deep in vampire tales . . . So, to educate myself, I read a rather serious, scholarly tome on the subject: The Secret History of Vampires . . . Oh, what legends and stories are between these pages! . . . The dead are, indeed, dangerous." * Ann LaFarge, Hudson Valley News, Vol. 1, Issue 25, May 2010 *
" . . . a serious academic work on the real thing." * The Cauldron, September 2010 *
"Vampire lovers will in fact love this book . . ." * HorrorNews.net, January 2011 *
"Something for the serious student of the occult. It is a guaranteed page turner!" * EarthRites.org, May 2011 *
"The book is excellent for any library, be the owner vampire or vampire hunter or simply the paranormal enthusiast or admirer from afar, wishing for a bite." * Examiner.com *

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