Vampire Research

I'll be posting a little teaser this Friday featuring an extreme-early draft scene of what I'm currently working on -- just to prove I am working on something. After writing it, I realized I was in dire need of research to make it come closer to working. As you will see, it's another one of my genre-bending concepts bringing together vampire-horror and funky science fiction with a gothic Warhammer 40,000 sort of flavour (no idea what you'd call that). So I had a listen to the Audiobook of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot. It wasn't bad, and I'm working on a review for this Saturday.

I'm currently working on Fr. Montague Summers' The Vampire: His Kith and Kin. Fr. Summers was a fascinating man and this is a fascinating book. For the uninitiated, Fr. Summers was an English Catholic priest who died in 1948, I believe, and who had a special (some might say outdated, medieval) interest in the occult. One of his first literary works was a translation of the Malleus Malefecarum.

I've only covered the first chapter so far, wherein Fr. Summers -- who believed vampires to be a very real thing -- makes the case that the believe in vampirism (or at the very least something very close) is almost universal in various human cultures and he gives examples from every continent and divers folklore.

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