ROMANCING THE VAMPIRE
Whitman Publishing; 2009, 144 pages, Author: David J. Skal.
A Vampire’s Tome with a Bite
David J. Skal is no stranger to horror; in fact, he’s a one man resource on the subject. He has authored such fantastic books as The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror, V is For Vampire: The A-Z Guide of Everything Undead, Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen, and so many more. If Skal’s name is on it, typically it’s worth a look. Though, each of his prior works, as good as they are, pale in comparison to Romancing the Vampire.
Romancing the Vampire is best described with one simple word: beautiful. The presentation alone is worthy praise and made with the collector in mind. The 144 page hardcover book comes in a gorgeous slipcase, but the real treat is what’s inside. Skal has filled page after page with detailed information on nearly every vampire film imaginable, spanning all eras from Lugosi’s Dracula to Barnabas Collins to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, and Twilight.
In many ways, Romancing the Vampire is best described as a sort of scrapbook. Aside from Skal’s examination of vampires in history, literature, and film, the book features countless photographs and a sprawling collection of inserts. Whether it’s postcards, mini-movie posters, photos, maps, film cells, notes, or the countless other goodies tucked inside random sleeves and pockets, Romancing the Vampire is a must-have for vampire fans.