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Vampires in Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices Paperback – September 8, 2007
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About the Author
A star on television's Paranormal State, Michelle Belanger wears many creative hats. Other media appearances include the History Channel's Vampire Secrets, Monsterquest, CNN Headline News, HBO's True Bloodlines, Fox, MTV.com, Marvel's AR Morbius #1, and most recently, Monsters and Mysteries in America. The author of over two dozen books on supernatural topics, her Dictionary of Demons is in its sixth printing and has served as a resource for multiple shows, university courses, and books. A talented singer-songwriter, she has performed on CDs with Nox Arcana, URN, and Xyla. Her urban fantasy series debuts with Conspiracy of Angels through Titan Books this October. More information can be found at www.michellebelanger.com.
Top Customer Reviews
I think it's a fantastic source for anyone who wants to learn more about what real vampires think about real vampirism. This is not the stuff of fiction or role-playing games. The people in here don't come across as weirdos or crazies, either, in my opinion. These are real people, each with their own ideas and views on this controversial, elusive and intriguing subject.
The structure of the book is neat and easily readable, in small bites of a few pages at a time. The definitions given at the end of each essay are helpful for anyone not familiar with the terms used. The short background on each author at the begining of the essay also provides a way for interested readers to find out more about them and read more of what they have to say with a simple Internet search.
One complaint that been raised by some self-professed vampires about Belanger's writings is that she tends to favor the psychic vampire's point of view over that of the sanguine vampire. This anthology, by showing the varried views of vampires of all sorts provides a more balanced perspective.
So far my only complaint is with one comment on the book jacket. "THE CODE OF SILENCE HAS BEEN BROKEN" is just way too melodramatic and not, in my opinion, an accurate portrayal of the current vampire community. For most vampires now, I think it's not so much a code of silence that keeps them silent about this side of their lives as it is simple common sense.Read more ›
If you don't believe in vampires, blood drinkers or energy feeders, don't even bother to pick up the book. You need an open mind or a really need to understand what the authors are saying. This is a serious book, so if you are looking to laugh at them or make fun of their views or you think this is part of a role playing game, I suggest you look elsewhere.
For the first time the Vampire Community has a book that is written by well respected members of that community, as opposed to an outsider looking in. Some such books have had a rather biased view of the community, either treating it as a freakshow or as some dangerous bunch of nuts. This book doesn't. This is a well written piece, meant to inform and educate. It's not a bunch of 14 year old EMOs or power ranting that "Vampires will rule humanity"
It does pull the veil off some of the more shadowy areas of the culture, putting up the Black Veil and other works to the mainstream (or anyone who picks up the book at a bookstore).
If you are someone in or outside the Vampiric community, don't be quick to overlook this book. This has some great resources for a lot of younger communities (such as where I live) who don't know as much about it. Even if you have been around for a while, it's well worth the read. The differences in points of view alone are worth reading.
Many thanks to Michelle for being able to pull this together in such a fashion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great book. I like how informative it is and how it helps explain vampires in a different way.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This boom was very informative and 100% correct in it information concerning Vampires, and I recommend this book to anyone taht is trying to understand us and how we live in todays... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Heather Ambler
I will have to admit that I haven't read this book in full and I will have to admit i'm unconvinced that what is being described here has anything to fictional genre vampires, this... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Kristjan Birnir Ivansson
Incredibly detailed first hand information on the underground world of Vampires in the United States. Michele Belanger is Absolutely amazing!!Published on January 14, 2014 by Kathy Abrams
interesting look at a not-much-talked-about subculture. Rich and complex, it really gives a different look at this culture. I'm glad I gave this a chance.Published on October 23, 2013 by T. Kriss
I ordered this book because I'm very interested in this way of life and I cant think of another author I wanted to learn from.Published on October 2, 2013 by Lauri Shaffer