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Lure of the Vampire: A Pop Culture Reference Book of Lists, Websites and Very Personal Essays Paperback – June 22, 2011


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About the Author

Bertena Varney spent her collegiate career studying vampires in her history, mythology, sociology, and criminology classes. She would find anyway to include vampires in anything that she did. Her favorites studies were pop culture and mythology. She completed her academic career with a BA and MA in Social Science and Education and an MA in sociology and criminology. She is currently a sociology professor at Southcentral Kentucky Community College in Bowling Green, KY. She is the author of Lure of the Vampire and Lure of the Vampire: Revamped and author and editor of Vampire News: Tasty Bits You Can Sink Your Fangs Into, co contributor of Vampire News: The Not So End Times Edition, and contributor to both The Witching Hour and Sirens Conference Compendium. Her role playing character was used by Elizabeth Loraine in a collaboration on a fiction novella titled, Lillian: A Vampire's Story. She is also the Examiner.com expert on Vampires, True Blood, Comics, Movies, Television and more. She has one college aged son, Tre' Alexander Varney. She currently lives in Bowling Green, KY with her boyfriend Samuel Hinds and her black cat, Luna. She can be found on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bertena-Varney-Author/117922531618827 You can follow her on Twitter @tenavarney
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Search for the Lure; 1ST edition (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615501567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615501567
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,985,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertena Varney spent her collegiate career studying the supernatural and metaphysical in her history, mythology, sociology, and criminology classes. She would find anyway to include vampires, angels, and more into anything that she did. Her favorites studies were pop culture and mythology. She completed her academic career with a BA and MA in Social Science and Education and an MA in sociology and criminology. She is currently a sociology professor at Southcentral Kentucky Community College in Bowling Green, KY. She is the author of Healing with the Archangels, Lure of the Vampire and Lure of the Vampire: Revamped and author and editor of Vampire News: Tasty Bits You Can Sink Your Fangs Into, co contributor of Vampire News: The Not So End Times Edition,Vampires Romance to Rippers Vol 1 and Vol. 2 and contributor to both The Witching Hour and Sirens Conference Compendium. Her role playing character was used by Elizabeth Loraine in a collaboration on a fiction novella titled, Lillian: A Vampire's Story. She also makes appearances to libraries, colleges, and conventions to discuss her love.

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Lure of the Vampire by Bertena Varney, MA was a very interesting and informative novella.
jojohn0309
I read the whole book in one day because I just couldn't put it down for the simple fact that each chapter left me with wanting to know more!
Letitia
It's not a fantasy novel, it's an educational book, and as such deserved a more thorough, and much slower, read than what I usually give.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jojohn0309 on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lure of the Vampire by Bertena Varney, MA was a very interesting and informative novella. In her short book she wrote in depth titled chapters ranging from Vampires in History, Vampires in Literature, Vampires in Film, Vampires on TV, Vampires for Children and Vampires in Real Life, just to name a few. She offered special guest interviews with fellow authors and persons to add emphasis to the articles along with plenty of wonderful websites to keep you busy for awhile.
In her Religion section, she explained that Religious beliefs are that the drinking of blood by a vampire is a "sin" and can be proven in the Old Testament. They site such stories as Lilith, Cain and Judas to back up this "sin" they believe. In her Children section, she reminds us that the vampire on Sesame Street have been around a long time. She examined how children are introduced to vampires at an early age with Count Chocolate Cereal, Halloween gummies and costumes; there are many other TV shows (like Count Duckula and My Babysitter Is a Vampire) and books for children that cover the subject matter of vampires. She has included a rather extensive list of movies and TV shows that has involved vampires and has also included a list of all the actors that have played Dracula over the years. She examined the vampire's role on young adults. She believes that vampires provide an outlet for them to experiment, make friends and develop, finding safety, stability and acceptance along the way. This was very interesting and I guess even as an adult, as I read about vampires, I find the same thing. Her section on Recreation discussed the plentiful websites dedicated to vampires, vampire role-playing games and plain old video games.
Her Real Life section is the one that I found particularly interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jojohn0309 on October 28, 2011
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Lure of the Vampire by Bertena Varney, MA was a very interesting and informative novella. In her short book she wrote in depth titled chapters ranging from Vampires in History, Vampires in Literature, Vampires in Film, Vampires on TV, Vampires for Children and Vampires in Real Life, just to name a few. She offered special guest interviews with fellow authors and persons to add emphasis to the articles along with plenty of wonderful websites to keep you busy for awhile.
In her Religion section, she explained that Religious beliefs are that the drinking of blood by a vampire is a "sin" and can be proven in the Old Testament. They site such stories as Lilith, Cain and Judas to back up this "sin" they believe. In her Children section, she reminds us that the vampire on Sesame Street have been around a long time. She examined how children are introduced to vampires at an early age with Count Chocolate Cereal, Halloween gummies and costumes; there are many other TV shows (like Count Duckula and My Babysitter Is a Vampire) and books for children that cover the subject matter of vampires. She has included a rather extensive list of movies and TV shows that has involved vampires and has also included a list of all the actors that have played Dracula over the years. She examined the vampire's role on young adults. She believes that vampires provide an outlet for them to experiment, make friends and develop, finding safety, stability and acceptance along the way. This was very interesting and I guess even as an adult, as I read about vampires, I find the same thing. Her section on Recreation discussed the plentiful websites dedicated to vampires, vampire role-playing games and plain old video games.
Her Real Life section is the one that I found particularly interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VampireSin on August 17, 2011
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I got this book as I love all things Vampires. It gives lists of books for Young Adults and Adults alike to read. It was very enjoyable and was very interesting to learn new things about vampires! Also there are a few essays in there as well that explain why people feel the way they do about vampires! Either way, I highly Recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hoosierdreamz on August 30, 2013
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Great book and because of the opportunity to read it I am now looking forward to reading other books by this author. Definitely a great read and it will keep you with it until the end
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Mayer on August 13, 2013
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Bertena Varney knows her stuff, knows the lore and the lure and the allure of all things Vampiric. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa K Sanders on July 19, 2013
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Im still working on this (1st print) and I tend to have a rough time putting it down. Very informative, interesting, and a wonderful read... I may have to swap out for the new cover sometime.... Very beautiful :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Y on April 25, 2013
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Review of Lure of the Vampire: Revamped Edition by Bertena Varney
Reviewed by: Natasha York

Let me first thank Miss Bertena Varney for talking me into buying her book at the 2013 Lexington Comic and Toy convention back in March, because if she had not talked me into it, I would have missed out on an informative and well put-together book, and never even known the loss of it. That said, Miss Varney, I apologize for it taking me so long to work my way through it and write you this review.

I began reading the book in question shortly after I got home from the convention and returned to my work-schedule, using it mostly to pass the hour-long drive home because I knew a quick read would never let me process or grasp it all. It's not a fantasy novel, it's an educational book, and as such deserved a more thorough, and much slower, read than what I usually give. I retain knowledge well through reading, and a lot of it I learn, but I wanted to soak this in. I was curious as to what effort she went to gather her information, how she put it together, how she decided what went where.

So it took me some time to get through it, but the more I did the more time I set aside specifically to read it. My social circles took a dive as, with Lure of the Vampire as a guide, I began poking and hunting and just in general verifying and digging into the book. I didn't grow up a fan of vampires-- that came on it's own in it's own time, but I always like reading about them, trying to figure out where it all came from. And reading this was incredibly, ridiculously informative. And while it may not be a book for everyone, it's got something for everyone, from top-ten lists to assorted lists of comic books and movies, to essays and interviews and resources for budding vampires as well.
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