By Ken Gelder
Insatiable bloodlust, risky sexualities, the horror of the undead, uncharted Trannsylvanian wildernesses, and a morbid fascination with the `other': the legend of the vampire keeps to hang-out well known imagination.
Reading the Vampire examines the vampire in all its numerous manifestations and cultural meanings. Ken Gelder investigates vampire narratives in literature and in movie, from early vampire tales like Sheridan Le Fanu's `lesbian vampire' story Carmilla and Bram Stoker's Dracula, the main recognized vampire narrative of all, to modern American vampire blockbusters by means of Stephen King and others, the vampire chronicles of Anne Rice, `post-Ceausescu' vampire narratives, and flicks comparable to FW Murnau's Nosferatu and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Reading the Vampire embeds vampires of their cultural contexts, exhibiting vampire narratives feeding off the anxieties and fascinations in their occasions: from the 19th century perils of tourism, problems with colonialism and nationwide identification, and obsessions with intercourse and dying, to the `queer' id of the vampire or present vampiric metaphors for harmful exchanges of physically fluids and AIDS.