A fascinating investigation of what strikes fear in an immortal’s heart
Vampires exist. And in every culture with a legend about bloodsuckers that rise from the grave to prey upon the living, there are rules and rituals for how to destroy them. How to Kill a Vampire is the first book to focus specifically on all known ways to prevent vampirism, protect oneself against attacks, and ultimately how to destroy the undead, as documented in folklore as well as horror film, TV, and books.
Covering everything from obscure legends to contemporary blockbusters, Ladouceur’s unique approach to vampires traces the evolution of how to kill the fictional creatures and celebrates the most important slayers.
In exploring how and why we create these monsters and the increasingly complex ways in which we destroy them, the book not only serves as a handy guide to the history and modern role of the vampire, it reveals much about the changing nature of human fears.
Liisa Ladouceur is a lifelong vampire lover and journalist who covers horror and the dark side of culture for publications including Rue Morgue magazine. She is the author of Encyclopedia Gothica (2011) and lives in Toronto with a black cat.
Published: September 2013
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 in.
"Ladouceur’s writing...makes How to Kill a Vampire a full-on fun read. Her style is witty and jolly throughout, even when running down the litany of vampire suicide methods or describing how vampire babies tend to tear through their moms from the inside." — Psychobabble
"How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction is an excellent compilation and analysis of the vampire myth and its evolution from historical folklore to present day pop culture. This book had the folklore nerd in me very happy." — All Things Urban Fantasy
"The factual information here is presented in a light-hearted way and that makes for a fun and fast read that, unlike the characters found within, doesn’t suck." —Campus Circle
"The author certainly has done her research, and this comes across as a scholarly offering with just the right amount of humor." — Bert's Book Review Blog