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The VampireThe Vampire

A Casebook

Edited by Alan Dundes

Narrated by Marguerite Gavin

Available from Audible

Book published by The University of Wisconsin Press

Finally, the truth about vampires.

Vampires are the most fearsome and fascinating of all creatures of folklore. For the first time, detailed accounts of the vampire and how its tradition developed in different cultures are gathered in one volume by eminent folklorist Alan Dundes. Eleven leading scholars from the fields of Slavic studies, history, anthropology, and psychiatry unearth the true nature of the vampire from its birth in graveyard lore to the modern-day psychiatric patient with a penchant for drinking blood.

The Vampire: A Casebook takes this legend out of the realm of literature and film and back to its dark beginnings in folk traditions. The essays examine the history of the word "vampire;" Romanian vampires; Greek vampires; Serbian vampires; the physical attributes of vampires; the killing of vampires; and the possible psychoanalytic underpinnings of vampires. Much more than simply a scary creature of the human imagination, the vampire has been and continues to haunt the lives of all those who encounter it—in reality or in fiction.

Marguerite Gavin (narrator) has narrated more than a hundred audiobooks for major companies.


The Vampire is a winner... Alan Dundes is a truly remarkable scholar.”

—Wolfgang Mieder, author of The Politics of Proverbs


“The Vampire in Roumania” by Agnes Murgoci

“East European Vampires” by Felix Oinas

“In Defense of Vampires” by John V. A. Fine, Jr.

“South Slavic Countermeasures against Vampires” by Friedrich S. Krauss

“The Killing of a Vampire” by Veselin Cajkanovic

“The Greek Vampire” by Juliette du Boulay

“Forensic Pathology and the European Vampire” by Paul Barber

“Clinical Vampirism: Blending Myth and Reality” by Philip D. Jaffe and Frank DiCataldo

“The Vampire as Bloodthirsty Revenant” by Alan Dundes

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