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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: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 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: #3,945,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a fan of vampires, I found Lure of the Vampire an educational expedition through the ever-changing fascination with the undead. Since the origins of the creatures that haunt our nightmares, or capture our hearts, tales of the vampire have fascinated the world. If you check your lore of numerous regions throughout the globe, vampires exist in all shapes and form. They pull us into their darkness, with promises that cannot be ignored, and we allow them to do so.

The Lure of the Vampire is all-encompassing, from the moment that Bram Stoker put pen to paper. As readers and movie viewers, we shuddered with Mina, wondered about Lucy, and succumbed to the charms of that devilish vixen from Underworld. No longer do we envision a vampire with the gothic past of Nosferatu, nor do we sympathize with Vlad Dracul, but their legend lives on. Perhaps the legend in itself offers the immortality the undead crave, and Ms. Varney has made Lure of the Vampire a must have for all fascinated readers.

Ms. Varney has dedicated an immense amount of time to the study of this fascination, as well as the history surrounding the all time King of the Undead, making this quintessential book for all vampire lovers~
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I read "Lure of the Vampire" by Bertena Varney. The book is basically a survey of everything you could possibly want to know about vampires. It has a lot of good information, some of it very strange and off the wall. However, the main sections that had writing from the author had misspellings and incorrect word choice (every instead of very for example). I am not a huge fan of vampires to start with. What really got to me though is that the last section of the book is an about me section in which the author states this will be used as a *textbook* for a college class that she is teaching. She has two masters degrees and she didn't bother to spell check a novel/textbook that was published.

However much the writing style bothered me, there was a lot of good and interesting information presented in the book. It had information (easy to read lists) on a multitude of topics related to vampires starting with their history and moving to film and people who believe they are real life vampires. It also included essays written by various contributors (which had a much more polished writing style) and a few interviews with various "vampires" of today. I believed the information was good due to a very extensive bibliography in the back of the book which did show that a great deal of research had been done.

Personally, vampires are not my cup of tea and I skimmed over portions of this book, however, for a true vampire aficionado, this would be a great and thought-provoking book.

I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars - good information, but it needed some more revision before it went to press.
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This is the most informative book I've ever read about vampires - real or fictional. It includes the history of vampires, interviews with authors, and also interviews with some individuals who truly believe they are vampires. I have added many of the books mentioned by the author to my Good Reads "to read" list or downloaded them on my Kindle. This book was definitely well researched - obviously a lifetime's worth.
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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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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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