Realm of the Vampire by Daniel J. Wood - 6x9 - 176 pgs. - illus. - $14.95
This book cannot answer the question: Do vampires exist? It can, instead, say that our ancestors certainly believed they did. Are there any grounds for belief in vampires? Yes. Can anyone definitively prove that the dead have returned from the grave and sucked the blood of the living? Not any more than they can establish the existence of ghosts. We are forced to rely on ancient records and eyewitness testimony. Absolute proof remains in the shadows, just out of reach. Vampire research has basically fallen into a pattern of debunking, with academic writers chasing after trendy theories to explain away the vampire. Somewhere along the way, the Western world lost sight of traditional folklore.
Throughout Realm of the Vampire Daniel J. Wood has endeavored to place accounts of vampirism within a cultural and historical context. It is important to remember that these cases happened to a definite people at a definite point in history.
"This is the kind of work that we need....What more can we want? I am certain that the book will be well received in specialist circles. It is a great piece of work....Conclusion: without a doubt the very best book on the subject of Polish vampirism that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You’re the best. Can we have some more, please?"
--Rob Brautigam, Antwerp, shroudeater.com
"...a gifted story-teller. Dan Wood is a diligent researcher and writer... For those who are interested in Vampires and History...you will like this read."
--Alan Otterson, Michigan, paranormalist and amateur astronomer
"Overall I must say that it is extremely impressive. Congratulations on a fine scholarly endeavor!"
--David Sattman, Minnesota, vampirologist