November 2009
Proteus;Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p25
Academic Journal
In this article the author examines the evolution of the human perception of vampires, centered on a re-imagining of the vampire as a positive social construct. He offers a history of the origins of vampire mythologies and references to bloodsucking. He discusses the interest in vampirism as both a metaphor and a theorized scientific reality. He references several books on vampirism, including "Traite sur les Apparitions des Esprits, et sur les Vampires, ou les Revenans de Hongrie, de Moravie, et de Silesie," written in 1746 by Antoine Augustine Calmet, and "Spiritual Vampirism: The History of Etherial Softdown and her New Friends of the 'Inner Light,'" written in 1853 by Charles Webber. Occultism and Theosophy are also mentioned.


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