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#FridayBookShare – ‘Vampire Forensics’

Welcome to another edition of Friday Book Share.

#fridaybookshare readers books recommendation

The Book: Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins

I’m in the research stage for a story involving vampires, and this is the first book on my large to-be-read vampire-research pile.

First line of the book

You open the door.

Not terribly enticing.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb


Take a journey into the macabre in search of those ultimate creatures of the night: the immortal beings who defy death by feeding on teh lifeblood of others–vampires. Generation after generation has found vampire lore–printed in old books, inscribed in medieval manuscripts, whispered by firelight in chimney corners, or written in moldering tombs and ancient bones–to be as fascinating as it is frightening. Yet its origins have always been shrouded in mystery.

Where did vampires first arise? Was Dracula really inspired by a 15th-century nobleman with the bloodcurdling name of Vlad the Impaler? Why are vampires so closely associated with epidemic disease and bats? What can we learn from the amazing recent discovery by national Geographic grantee Dr. Matteo Borrini of the buried remains of a 16th-century Venetian plague victim and suspected vampire? And what is it about graveyards that made people believe that the dead could prey on the living?

In Vampire Forensics, historian Mark Jenkins probes vampire legend and shows how modern forensics, anthropology, and archaeology have helped to dig up historical truths enshrined in these gruesome tales.

Introduce the main characters using only three words

  • Bloodthirsty
  • Legendary
  • Mythical

Delightful Design (the book’s cover image)



Audience appeal (who would enjoy this book?)

Anyone interested in the legends and myths involving vampires–beyond Dracula or (god forbid) Twilight.

Your favorite line/scene

Learning about Fritz Haarmann. Very interesting and disturbed individual.



What are you currently reading?

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