- File Size: 312 KB
- Print Length: 43 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Single (June 10, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 10, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DC1YD98
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Out For Blood (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Many of us knew about the death of Margot's husband, John, from cancer three years ago, but knew little about it. As this book opens Margot gives us a welcome glimpse of his character and their shared ordeal as he succumbed to the disease. She also connects this pivotal experience with her growing fascination with vampire lore, a subject she plumbs in this book. The book takes us on a tour of the literature and media on vampires from Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley through contemporary teen as well as adult fiction, cinema and tv programs. She approaches the figure of the vampire in much the same way a psychoanalyst approaches the archetypal figures of the pagan gods, teasing out the cultural and psychological implications of their stories and addressing such topics as mortality, the persecuted other and morality as they relate to the figure of the vampire. I was especially pleased to read this granddaughter of Alfred Adler addressing the issue of the vampire and power, one of his key themes. Most of all I found her reference to spirituality illuminating with its recognition of the vampire as symbol of our industrialized culture's addiction to and exploitation of oil despite the damage this is doing to the planet.
This book dug beneath the surface of one of our cultural icons. Activist, environmentalist, philosopher, moralist, teacher -- Margot Adler strikes again.
This single wanders a bit into the personal, and not always gracefully. Nonetheless, her ideas are intriguing and well articulated. Her research has certainly been extensive. I find the proposition of the role of vampire to be a fresh and fascinating idea. This single is worth that hour curled up, and will leave you thinking.
The work is short and written so well you will wish it were longer. It reads like an elegant essay with traces of both memoir and an investigative style of writing. Adler opens with her musings on the tragic loss of her husband of thirty-five years, and her search for understanding in his unexpected bout with stomach cancer. Her reflections on death recall Joan Didion's seminal meditation on her husband's demise in "The Year of Magical Thinking."
This event leads Adler to her thoughts about vampires, as they are the ever-modern and popular icons of immortality. Greek gods and goddesses seem to have been reborn in these folkloric inventions of the undead.
"At the beginning of my own obsessive journey, as I wrestled with issues of mortality, power, persecution and morality, it never occurred to me that this was a spiritual voyage."
The vampire as spiritual trope is something that resonates with all of us. Adler admits to dabbling in writing vampire fiction--a flirt in which she has plenty of good company. She has read more than two hundred and sixty-five vampire novels, as well as some theoretical works on the subject (she gives a detailed bibliography at the close of her work). She also admits to having watched many television series and movies starring the vampire. One may say she is an expert.
On a more personal note, "Out For Blood" made me reflect on my own reasons for writing a vampire novel.Read more ›
OUT FOR BLOOD is a wide ranging and thought-provoking meditation on the nature of life and death, power, politics, identity, sexuality, religious belief and even ecology. It is well worth reading and I'm sure I will reread it. According to Ms Adler, the vampire novel reflects the anxieties of the age in which it is produced and she presents a very convincing case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone (librarians, teachers, parents) curious about the vampire epidemic in teenage literature would be well advised to read Margot Adler's analysis of its attraction for today's... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Yours Truly
This kindle single (or rather an essay I guess) involving our Earth, Vampires,
and our own mortality. Read more
Any book by the late great Margot Adler is wonderful! This one explores our enduring fascination with vampires with her usual humor and thoroughness.Published 23 months ago by Soaring Gull
why are we sucking the earth dry? vampires are the metaphor of our culture - once again - parasitic times.Published on August 1, 2014 by PDX_Reviewer
I'm not N interested in vampires, but this was a very philosophical and inspirational read about our society. I recommend it.Published on March 19, 2014 by A. Harris
While Adler's story is emotionally painful at times, while she grapples with a loved one's illness, her meandering argument doesn't really ever go anywhere. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Seattle T
This was an excellent well written article, I loved it. Ms. Adler has done her research and her reading . Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Cindi Fox
Adlers' proposal that the vampire craze is and always has been indicative of the human condition and our relationship to the planet is compelling. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by A. Buchanan
20 more words required to submit a review, geex that seems rather demanding, obnoxious, arbitrary oops need five more wordsPublished on August 17, 2013 by 99
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