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December 9th, 2009

NEW FROM BRAD ON THE BOOK

Subject: http://blogs.myspace.com/lindagodfrey
THIS IS A GREAT NEW REVIEW OF REAL VAMPIRES! I love the last paragraph!
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Current mood: contemplative
Category: Dreams and the Supernatural




Last night I sat up late reading Brad Steiger’s Real Vampires, Night Stalkers and Creatures from the Darkside, intending to write the review before I went to bed. I did not write a word; I was much too scared. Now that it’s broad daylight, I’ll try again.

If you think vampires are just sexy-cool guys and gals hankering for loving, altruistic relationships with deserving mortals, shake out those romance laden brain cells and try again. The vamps revealed in Steiger’s book are anything but. Steiger spends 270 illustrated pages exploring not only the stereotypical Bram Stoker model of vampire, but casting a wider net to include any sort of blood-or-soul-sucking entity – human, alien or other – in his panorama of terrors.

Steiger uses real-life experiences reported by a bevy of witnesses to explore the idea that alien abductions, encounters with “black-eyed” youngsters, night time “shadow people” visitations, and even hellhound and chupacabras attacks might all share the same, uber-vampiric source: unknown multidimensional beings that do not have humanity’s best interests at heart. If, indeed, these beings have a heart.

Steiger even delves into the shadowy underworld of humans who drink blood in the belief they are true vampires, as well as the blacker topics of blood cults and cannibals like Jeffrey Dahmer.

I have to wonder if Stephenie Meyer would ever have written Twilight if she had read Steiger’s book first. I’m sure it would have at least given her pause. I highly recommend Real Vampires for anyone willing to take a look at the kind of night creatures that do not sparkle in the sun.

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