Books Consulted While Writing Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising

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The list author says: ""Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising" was written during the summer of 2009. The book features vampires, zombies, and a few strange literary mysteries. Here are the books I used while writing the first draft.

What pulls these together? You'll see a lot of themes pop up. First, Alex Van Helsing becomes a member of an organization called the Polidorium, named after the young doctor and writer John Polidori. Consequently a big part of the background of the book is the Haunted Summer, the party on Lake Geneva in 1816 when Lord Byron challenged guests-- including Polidori and Mary (soon-to-be) Shelley to write scary stories.

Meanwhile, vampires, the events of the Stoker novel Dracula, and a lot of other legends besides are all real in the world of Alex Van Helsing (his name is *Van Helsing,*, so Dracula is a history of events that are important to his family.) Consequently you'll see a lot of vampire research books and anthologies of old vampire stories, many of which will play a part in the first and later Alex Van Helsing books."
The New Annotated Dracula
1.  The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker
The list author says:
  "This is the most footnoted Dracula ever. I opened the book and laughed because Chapter 1 had a footnote-- literally, a footnote after the words "Chapter 1." With an excellent introduction by Neil Gaiman."
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The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein
2.  The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Thomas Hoobler
The list author says:
  "This is a wonderful recent book on the Diodati, with chapters on Mary Shelley, Byron, Polidori, and the rest. The Hooblers actually provided excellent feedback when I bugged them for obscure Mary Shelley data."
$15.00   Used & New from: $0.10
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead
3.  The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton
The list author says:
  "GREAT, exhaustive reference work. Books like this are ideal for leading you to other works."
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The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (Oxford World's Classics)
4.  The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (Oxford World's Classics) by John Polidori
The list author says:
  "Nice reprint of Polidori's Vampyre, Byron's fragment, and various vampire stories."
$8.96   Used & New from: $3.97
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Dracula: The Connoisseur's Guide
5.  Dracula: The Connoisseur's Guide by Leonard Wolf
The list author says:
  "If you want to dig into Dracula, read this book. Leonard Wolf's study goes into the plot of the book, the historical Dracula, and more. Florescu really despises it, though, which is strange given that this is essentially a literary study."
$17.02   Used & New from: $0.51
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

The Essential Frankenstein: The Definitive, Annotated Edition of Mary Shelley's ClassicNovel (Essentials)
6.  The Essential Frankenstein: The Definitive, Annotated Edition of Mary Shelley's ClassicNovel (Essentials) by Mary Shelley
The list author says:
  "This Leonard Wolf edition of Frankenstein reprints the original 1818 edition of the book, with extensive notes on changes Mary Shelley made in later editions."
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Frankenstein: A Cultural History
7.  Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
The list author says:
  "Fantastic look at the importance of Shelley's Frankenstein and the circumstances of its writing and re-writing."
$18.68   Used & New from: $7.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories
8.  The Dracula Book of Great Vampire Stories by Leslie Shepard
The list author says:
  "One of the first books I ever got that reprinted Stoker's story "Dracula's Guest" and various contemporary (to then) vampire stories, such as the amazing Tomb of Sarah, The Transfer, The Horla, For the Blood is the Life, Good Lady Ducayne and more."
$14.40   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Swat Leadership and Tactical Planning : The Swat Operator's Guide to Combat Law Enforcement
9.  Swat Leadership and Tactical Planning : The Swat Operator's Guide to Combat Law Enforcement by Tony L. Jones
The list author says:
  "Just the thing if your lead is a spy."
$15.03   Used & New from: $5.23
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
10.  The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
The list author says:
  "For the Zombie scenes."
$11.49   Used & New from: $1.00
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Dracula Scrapbook
11.  Dracula Scrapbook by Peter Haining
The list author says:
  "One of the first books I ever got on Dracula, this out-of-print book collects articles, essays, photos and more on Dracula and vampires."
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Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times
12.  Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times by Radu R Florescu
The list author says:
  "Deep study of Dracula, who doesn't appear in Alex Van Helsing #1, but who is important to the background. Florescu is the author who put Vlad the Impaler on the map in the West, with In Search of Dracula in the 70s."
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Nightwalkers: Gothic Horror Movies
13.  Nightwalkers: Gothic Horror Movies by Bruce Lanier Wright
The list author says:
  "Fantastic, breezy review of Gothic horror films. Okay, I know there are longer and better regarded books on Gothic horror, but Wright's is my favorite."
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The Poetical Works of Lord Byron: Complete in One Volume
14.  The Poetical Works of Lord Byron: Complete in One Volume by George Gordon Byron Byron
The list author says:
  "Everyone needs a complete Byron, right? Byron's vampiric verses play a key role in the book."
$29.69   Used & New from: $29.58
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition
15.  The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher E. Vogler
The list author says:
  "One of my favorite story-organization books."
$17.76   Used & New from: $13.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Fantasmagoriana (Tales Of The Dead)
16.  Fantasmagoriana (Tales Of The Dead) by A. J. Day
The list author says:
  "As near as we can tell, this is the collection of scary stories being read by Byron and the Diodati Party in June of 1816-- here translated into English by A J Day."
$17.55   Used & New from: $10.81
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Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula
17.  Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula by Christopher Frayling
The list author says:
  "Fantastic book of essays and vampire stories, including Polidori's Vampyre and Byron's Fragment. Also includes an excellent chart of literary vampires and their powers."
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Sword of Dracula
18.  Sword of Dracula by Jason Henderson
The list author says:
  "I occasionally had to flip back through this comic series (my own)-- and used the trade paperback to do so. Alex Van Helsing appears here, briefly, but it's a later, adult Alex."
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Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising
19.  Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
$14.68   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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