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Vampire Cinema: The First 100 Years

Written by acclaimed cultural historian, Christopher Frayling, Vampire Cinema: The First 100 Years emerges from the publishing vaults into the harsh light of day this October.

Those familiar with Frayling’s work will know that his love of all things Gothic is matched by his skill both as a researcher and a raconteur. The result is a book that nicely straddles the gap between academic tome and fan-pleasing collectable.

The book is dripping with stills, posters, artworks, and press books—many of which, like their subject matter, haven’t seen the light of day for a very long time. The text is informative but accessible, with lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits and “I didn’t know that’’ factoids.

Fang fans may chafe that Frayling has not included every foreign language film, every anime, or online short, but then the Vampire phenomena has become so diverse and sprawling that a book like that would take several unnaturally long lifetimes to complete. However, what Vampire Cinema does offer is a fascinating snapshot of (largely) Western film history’s best of the best—from the lost, to the lauded, to the laughable (intentional and unintentional).

The result is a blood-splattered tour thorough of the most enduring and mutable of genres. Championing and charting a century of cinematic representation, this book explores one of our culture’s most compelling, immortal, myths. Not only a feast for the eyes but also for the mind, this glorious 274 page coffee table book delves deep into our fixation with Vampiric lore in its many forms.

Vampire Cinema: The First 100 Years, is published by Reel Art Press whose publications are a benchmark of style, production values, and sensitive curation. The company has made headlines around the world with its previous releases, which include: Hollywood And The Ivy Look, Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, Black In White America: 1963-1965, The 2001 File and Billy Name: The Silver Age.

Vampire Cinema: The First 100 Years is the perfect Halloween gift. So why not treat yourself to a copy, cozy up by the fire, and take no notice of that strange scratching on the window…

Vampire Cinema – The First 100 Years by Christopher Frayling is published in hardback by Reel Art Press RRP £39.95 / $49.95. ISBN 9781909526884.

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Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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