Review; Vampires of Lore: Traits and Modern Misconceptions by A.P. Sylvia

Last year I was fortunate enough to recieve an ARC of the non-fiction book Vampires of Lore: Traits
and Modern Misconceptions by A.P. Sylvia through Netgalley. I read it shortly afterwards and today I'll post my review.

Description from Goodreads
Vampire . . . the word immediately conjures up bloodstained fangs, an aversion to sunlight, bats, garlic, and wooden stakes. These undead immortals have haunted our favorite books, television shows, and movies for decades. This exploration of a seemingly supernatural topic delves into past traditions around the world and how those traditions have affected our pop-culture modern-day monster. Explore belief systems as well as origins of various notions we all seem to have about vampires, and unearth the bloody dirt about this mystical creature. Discover differences and similarities between the realm of folklore and what modern media has taught us. Did villagers really use wooden stakes, garlic, and mirrors? What about vampires turning into bats or hypnotizing victims? Did they really cause disease, turn into dogs, and sleep in coffins? Topics are arranged by trait so that the reader can consider each characteristic before believing or dismissing it. So . . . if you're ready, let's hunt some vampires.

My Thoughts on the Book
Vampires of Lore was a short and fun book about vampires and the tropes surrounding them. The book may not be overly detailed as it's just under 130 pages, but it's still educational and well researched. If nothing else, it's a great introduction and a great starting point in further vampire reading.


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