Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend (Hardcover)

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Mark Jenkins's engrossing history draws on the latest science, anthropological and archaeological research to explore the origins of vampire stories, providing gripping historic and folkloric context for the concept of immortal beings who defy death by feeding on the lifeblood of others. From the earliest whispers of eternal evil in ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, vampire tales flourished through the centuries and around the globe, fueled by superstition, sexual mystery, fear of disease and death, and the nagging anxiety that demons lurk everywhere.
In "Vampire Forensics, " Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend to tease out the historical truths enshrined in the tales of terror: sherds of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th-century Venetian grave of a plague victim and suspected vampire; and the Transylvanian castle of "Vlad the Impaler," whose bloodthirsty cruelty remains unsurpassed.
Jenkins navigates centuries of lore and legend, adding new chapters to the chronicle and weaving an irresistibly seductive blend of superstition, psychology, and science sure to engross everyone from Anne Rice's countless readers to serious students of archaeology and mythology.

About the Author


Mark Collins Jenkins is the co-author of numerous award-winning books and a historian of tall ships. Operation Sail is a nonprofit established with the endorsement of President John F. Kennedy and a Joint Congressional Resolution.

Praise For…


“A lively and entertaining survey of the historical and scientific materials relating to the natural phenomena that earlier centuries relentlessly misinterpreted as evidence for the undead.” –The Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9781426206078
ISBN-10: 1426206070
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication Date: February 16th, 2010
Pages: 303
Language: English