A 16th Century Venetian “Vampire”

Wow, how cool!  A woman’s skull with a brick jammed in her mouth, was recently found in a mass grave near Venice, Italy!

I won’t go into the gory details, but as this MSNBC piece explains, superstitious folks back in the 16th century interpreted normal processes associated with the decomposition of corpses as evidence of vampirism.  Suffice to say that the brick was to keep the corpse from drinking blood.  (Here’s another article on the same topic from Discovery News.)

These articles led me to do a keyword search for “vampires” in Greensboro Public Library’s catalog.  When I did so, I was simply amazed at the number of adult and young adult fiction works we have on this macabre subject — I think I found around 90 records just for works published since 2007!  Could this have something to do with the success of the Twilight series books by Stephanie Meyer?

If you decide to browse some of our vampire novels, be sure and notice the links to the left of each title’s record; there you can find things like reviews, excerpts and plot summaries.

If non-fiction is more your thing, try some of these:  Actual Factual Dracula:  A Compendium of Vampires (reference) by Theresa Bane; Sundays with Vlad : from Pennsylvania to Transylvania, One Man’s Quest to Live in the World of the Undead by Paul Bibeau; Vampires:  A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night by Bob Curran; Dracula:  The True Story (DVD); The Dead Travel Fast:  Stalking Vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula by Eric Nuzum; Piercing the Darkness:  Undercover with Vampires in America Today by Katherine Ramsland; The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters (reference) by Rosemary Ellen Guiley; and The Vampire Encyclopedia (reference) by Matthew Bunson.


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