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Mark Jenkins's engrossing history draws on the latest science,
anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins
of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric
context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by
feeding on the lifeblood of others. From the earliest whispers of
eternal evil in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, vampire
tales flourished through the centuries and around the globe, fueled
by superstition, sexual mystery, fear of disease and death, and the
nagging anxiety that demons lurk everywhere.
In Vampire Forensics, Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend
to tease out the historical truths enshrined in the tales of
terror: sherds of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons;
the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist
Matteo Borrini of a 16th-century Venetian grave of a plague victim
and suspected vampire; and the Transylvanian castle of "Vlad the
Impaler," whose bloodthirsty cruelty remains unsurpassed.
Jenkins navigates centuries of lore and legend, adding new chapters
to the chronicle and weaving an irresistibly seductive blend of
superstition, psychology, and science sure to engross everyone from
Anne Rice's countless readers to serious students of archaeology