An information-rich readable reference that provides a broad glimpse into the enduring, ever-evolving fascination with the fantastical world of the undead. He explains how vampire legends emerged in Eastern Europe, and how people kept vampires at bay. Characters connected with vampires, such as Vlad the Impaler and Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory are discussed, along with others with creepy reputations.
Mustering his extensive experience on the scene of the world's richest source of vampire lore, Transylvania, historian and author Istvan Pivarcsi seeks to peel away the effects of popular culture and set the record straight in this essential reference to vampire history. Just a Bite answers all of readers' most pressing questions, such as: How did vampire legends emerge? Who was the real Vlad the Impaler? How did vampire-related oral traditions evolve? Includes an extensive two-part appendix comprising a comprehensive glossary of vampire terms.