Bite: A Vampire Handbook | Granta

  • Published: 07/10/2010
  • ISBN: 9781846272127
  • 129x20mm
  • 160 pages

Bite: A Vampire Handbook

Kevin Jackson

Arm yourself with garlic, stake and crucifix, for the vampires are back in force – at the top of the best-seller lists, on your TV, on the web and lurking in darkened cinemas. But where did they come from?Why have they come back now? And how can you tell if you are one? Beginning with the first sightings of bats and blood-sucking in the Romantic period, Bite follows the undead’s progress through the ages, right up to the present. Alongside mini-essays, anecdotes, facts and figures, each section will be punctuated with lists, such as the best places around the world for vamp tourism; rock songs with vampire allusions; box-office revenue for vamp movies; the Top 10 Vampire clubs, video-games, vampire brides, as well as reliable and unreliable methods of killing a vampire …

A most timely anthology on the lore and the gore of the undead

Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller

His potted history of the fanged ones through the ages is fun, and has considerably more substance than a Robert Pattinson calendar

Emma Giacon, Bookseller's Choice, Bookseller

With True Blood and New Moon fever gripping our screens, this thorough yet fun compendium of all things blood-sucking is a perfectly timed read for Twi-hards and vampire virgins alike. Jackson's guide leaves no crypt uncovered: from Orlok to Cullen, they're all here

Will Thomas, Empire

The Author

Kevin Jackson’s childhood ambition was to be a vampire but instead he became the last living polymath. His colossal expertise ranges from Seneca to Sugababes, with a special interest in the occult, Ruskin, take-away food, Dante’s Inferno and the moose. He is the author of numerous books on numerous subjects, including Fast: Feasting on the Streets of London (Portobello 2006), and reviews regularly for the Sunday Times.

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‘Despite money's protean nature, however, a lot of people persist in believing that it should stay much the same and are dismayed when it doesn't.’