The contents of this book have been authorized by the spiritual keepers of the Sanctum of the Midnight Sun, the ever burning flame of Ardetha power.
The book's instructions are unique and based upon secrets that have long been jealously guarded by Ardetha adepts. Thus, the book serves not only to illuminate the true spiritual foundations of the Ardetha but also as a complete grimoire for those who sincerely desire to convert their study into effective practice. But just how accurate is that picture?
How much do we really know about these mysterious entities? Surprisingly, perhaps, almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings, few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image-some are not even human in form, some do not drink blood, some appear in daylight. Are you ready for such horrors as the Penangal, the screaming blood-soaked lead that drifts through the Malayan jungle seeking victims; the Jaracacca, the Brazilian stalker that hides in the clothes of its victims to drink their blood or bodily fluids; or the Aswang, the scaly demon of the Philippines, who lies among the leafy roofs of huts and drinks through its tongue?
And how do we dispose of vampires? Is the simple stake through the heart-much beloved of Hollywood directors-really enough, or is there something more?
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And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires-what if the vampire is Jewish a dibbyuk? Vampires is a unique, lavishly illustrated work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore, ranging from countries as diverse as Japan, Sweden and Ireland, looking at their historical origins, and setting them in their cultural context. Skal The primal image of the black-caped vampire Dracula has become an indelible fixture of the modern imagination. It's recognition factor rivals, in its own perverse way, the familiarity of Santa Claus.
Most of us can recite without prompting the salient characteristics of the vampire: sleeping by day in its coffin, rising at dusk to feed on the blood of the living; the ability to shapeshift into a bat, wolf, or mist; a mortal vulnerability to a wooden stake through the heart or a shaft of sunlight. In this critically acclaimed excursion through the life of a cultural icon, David Skal maps out the archetypal vampire's relentless trajectory from Victorian literary oddity to movie idol to cultural commidity, digging through the populist veneer to reveal what the prince of darkness says about us all.
These beings are part human but under certain conditions transform into formidable creatures that prey upon humans and animals. Interest in these creatures, vampires among them, remains continually strong, as illustrated by the success of numerous movies and books featuring them. From ancient customs to famous cases of beasts and vampires to reflections on popular culture, thrilling entries provide definitions, explanations, and lists of suggested further reading.
This thrilling resource focuses on cross-cultural mythology, folklore, historical cases, and the presence of these creatures in arts, entertainment, and pop culture. The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters is a fascinating historical journey through the macabre, led by an author with great expertise in the field. Belanger The Psychic Vampire Codex follows an insider's view of modern vampirism with an emphasis on psychic vampirism.
In addition to learning about psychic vampirism as a spiritual tradition based on balance, rebirth and a relationship with the spirit world, readers will find advice on protecting themselves from vampires as well as an ethical guide to living as a vampire. Included are the author's experiences with a contemporary vampire community. UK The Vampire Slayers' Field Guide to the Undead By Shane Macdougall The Vampire Slayers' Field Guide to the Undead is a fully illustrated directory of the deadly fiends who haunt the night in search of blood, the world's most complete encyclopedia of vampire species from around the world and throughout history.
Not just the pop culture vampires like Dracula, but the vampires of folklore and myth from all lands. An authoritative examination of vampire legends, complete with essays on detecting and destroying the undead, extensive bibliographies, and information on vampires in literature, poetry, art and film, this is the complete resource for any Vampire Slayer!
UK Tarot of the Gothic Vampires By Riccardo Minetti Romantic, sensuous, and mysterious, this Gothic deck speaks the language of the subconscious, of our dreams, and sometimes of our nightmares. In doing so, it gives us the strength and guidance to face our fears with confidence.
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The vampires in these cards are not monsters, but dark and damned protagonists that live in technological and desolate urban landscapes, a version of our own reality. Their poignant beauty is apparent as they move between their human and supernatural natures. UK Blood Magick By Seth Blood Magick is a synthesis of ancient tradition and contemporary innovations designed for both the discerning adept seeking to incorporate blood into existing disciplines and beginning practitioners taking their first steps into the occult world. This illustrated book examines real vampires whose crimes have contributed to the mythos.
Ripped from today's headlines and mined from historical records, True Vampires invades the minds of real blood-sucking killers from Romania, Russia, France, Wales, Brazil, South Africa, the Kentucky hills, and the streets of Los Angeles. Part II, "Vampire Crime," describes gory historical events in grisly detail.
Part III, "Interview with a Vampire," is a conversation between the author and an unindicted spokesvampire and his consort, who report on the lifestyle of vampire role-players as practiced today in New York City. UK Vampire Watcher's Handbook: A Guide for Slayers By Craig Glenday Presents a wealth of information on the lore and history of vampires, covers all the various major traditions of this much-discussed revenant.
From how to distinquish a real vampire from a wannabee, to effective means of escaping unscathed the clutches of a ravenous creature of the night, this is a comprehensive look at the ways and means of the Undead. Reprinted from a turn-of-the-century compendium of the craft, complete with the annotations of the book's original owner whose name and fate remain unknown.
For those who wish to pursue a career path as the scourge of the vampires, it includes lists of necessary equipment and essential knowledge for hunting and retiring all the various types of bloodsucking fiends. The dark but endlessly fascinating and enduring tradition of the Vampire is here focused on Europe, particularly in ancient Greece and Rome, England and Ireland, Hungry and former Czecho-Slovakia, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria. Our forefathers, back in ancient times, were just as obsessed with the vampire as we continue to be. Written by the acknowledged and recognized expert in the field, who is also the author of The History of Witchcraft and a previous book on vampires entitled The Vampire: His Kith and Kin, as well as many other books on demonology.
This book will satisfy even the most demanding enthusiast. UK The Dark Art of Tony Mauro Mauro's ability to blend photo-realism with fantasy gives his paintings an eerie sense of reality, but it's his fascination with the night-dwelling blood suckers that he has the most affinity for. Beautiful female creatures of the night, as flawless in their physical perfection as they are remorseless in their unholy craving for blood! Some girls can be SO cute with a razor-sharp overbite! This is a must for goths, vampire-fans, and anyone who enjoys pictures of pretty women intent on sucking the life out of you!
Philbrick's chilling story of a doctor who meets a vampire in need of a cure, to Karen Robards' glimpse at the life of the smallest vampire of them all -- here are spectacular vampire stories transcending time and space. Features original works by Anne Rice and others. Skal MORE Ashley MORE The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long lastrevenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.
But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next doora girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson's film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book.
American readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled! They need human blood to survive, but they don't kill unless they have to, and given several hundred years they'll eventually die peacefully of old age.
They are Ina, and they've coexisted with humans for millennia, imparting robust health and narcotic bliss with every bite to their devoted human blood donors, aka "symbionts. As is later revealed, her family and their symbionts were murdered because they genetically engineered a generation of part-Ina, part-human children.
Shori was their most successful experiment: she can stay conscious during daylight hours, and her black skin helps protect her from the sun. The lone survivor, Shori must rely on a few friendly and tasty people to help her warn other Ina families and rediscover herself.
Butler, keeping tension high, reveals the mysteries of the Ina universe bit by tantalizing bit. Just as the Ina's collective honor and dignity starts to get a little dull, a gang of bigoted, black sheep Ina rolls into town for a species-wide confab-cum-smackdown. Manhattan is teeming with the undead, the island divided into often-warring vampire clans such as the Society, the Hood and the Enclave.
The most powerful is the Coalition, whose goal is to protect its members from public scrutiny and persecution. Rogue PI Joe Pitt aka Simon , who like all vampires is infected with a virus that requires him to drink blood regularly, is hired by Marilee Horde, a prominent New York socialite, to locate her runaway teenage daughter, Amanda, who may be slumming with homeless goth kids in the East Village.
Meanwhile, a "carrier" is on the loose, infecting its victims with a bacterium that turns them into brain-eating zombies.
The Coalition wants Pitt to find and destroy the carrier, since the carnage the zombies are causing brings unwanted attention to the undead community. Huston has fun playing with the conventions of the genre, creating his own hip update that will appeal to fans of Quentin Tarantino and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alike. Matt Fraction Last of the Independents joins in with "Juarez," introducing Lex Nova, former private detective and free-range madman, illustrated by Ben Templesmith. After being dominated for years by a race of Vampires known as "the Nobility," humanity is beginning to fight back.
Yet as the humans struggle against the Vampires, they also struggle against themselves - cities lie in ruin, and nations are fragmented into small villages and fiefdoms. Every village must have a Hunter, a warrior that eradicates the Nobility and their genetically manufactured demons one vile night stalker at a time. But some of the Hunters are dangerous to more than just the Vampires.
Some of them are not friends of humanity at all. Previously unavailable in the United States, Vampire Hunter D combines gripping narration and beautiful interior art by one of Japan's most renowned artists to bring forth a fright-filled futuristic thrill ride. In the year A. Near Tsepech, a village imprisoned by the shadow of an abandoned vampire castle, four human children went missing for ten years. When the children returned, they were followed by vampires that could hunt in the daylight.
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After years of dread the humans now turn to the vampire hunter known only as D to unravel the mystery and banish the vampires to the night. What he uncovers is more horrifying than any could have imagined. Vampire Hunter D: Volume 2 is packed with Japanese horror-master Hideyuki Kikuchi's heart-pounding prose and tumultuous twists.
Beautiful illustrations by video game and comics veteran Yoshitaka Amano complete the volume, accenting the book's lively story. UK The Historian By Elizabeth Kostova In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discovers her father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to complete the quest he never could -- to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula.
When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright: a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi.
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What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, have to do with the 20th century? Is it possible that Dracula has lived on in the modern world? And why have a select few historians risked reputation, sanity, and even their lives to learn the answer? So begins an epic journey to unlock the secrets of the strange medieval book, an adventure that will carry our heroine across Europe and into the past -- not only to the times of Vlad's heinous reign, but to the days when her mother was alive and her father was still a vibrant young scholar.
In the end, she uncovers the startling fate of Rossi, and comes face to face with the definition of evil-- to find, ultimately, that good may not always triumph. At the novel's climax, readers discover that Renfield, under restraint in the asylum of Dr.
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John Seward, has been in psychic communication with Dracula all along, acting as his eyes and ears in expectation of unspeakable rewards. Now, in an ingenious work of fiction, author Tim Lucas at last brings Renfield's own story to light.