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M. J. Trow – A Brief History Of Vampires

Posted by demonik on July 6, 2010

M. J. Trow – A Brief History Of Vampires (Robinson, July 2010)


Vampire culture is everywhere: in the bookshops, on TV, in nightclubs, and in the cinemas. With the success of the Twilight saga and True Blood, the lore of the undead is a global phenomenon. But where does the legend of the Vampire come from, and why does it have such a perennial appeal? Historian and vampire aficionado M. J. Trow goes in search of the origins of this blood craze a long way from the shopping malls, to the story of the fifteenth century Hungarian warrior prince, Vlad of Wallachia, who was famed for his brutality in war as well as his passion for excruciating torture. Vlad would later become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the film Nosferatu.

Trow’s fascinating search uncovers the forgotten story of Vlad and charts his legacy throughout history up to the present day. He shows that the legend and lore of vampirism has evolved over centuries and still has a powerful hold on our imaginations.

Press Release Robinson
From Vlad the Impaler to Edward Cullen, M.J. Trow goes in search of the allure of the vampire.

A Brief History of Vampires

By M.J. Trow
Published by Robinson
July 8th 2010 Paperback, £8.99

A must-have book for all vampire fans, A Brief History of Vampires charts the phenomenal craze of ‘popular vampires’ such as Nosferatu and Count Dracula to screen vampires such as those played by Bela Lugosi and Robert Pattinson. With the current global vampire craze taking the book, film and TV charts by storms with the Twilight saga and True Blood, this book begs the question: why do we love to be frightened?

Within a society which has become increasingly desensitised to horror, M.J. Trow charts the vampire’s global phenomenon and seeks its terrifying origins. A long way from the billboard we learn the story of Vlad ‘The Impaler’ of Wallachia. a ruler infamous for his brutality in war as well as his passion for ‘impaling’ his victims, and who later became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s infamous Dracula.

In order to uncover the fascinating, forgotten story of ‘The Impaler’, Trow looks into the history, legend and lore of his legacy. Compellingly and historically, he shows how the legend of the vampire has evolved over centuries and explains how it still has such an intense hold on modern day imagination.

About the Author
M. Trow studied history at university, after which he has spent years teaching. He is also an established crime writer and biographer, with a reputation as a scholar who peels away myths to reveal the true history behind them. Originally from Rhondda, South Wales, he now lives on the Isle of White.


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Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper

Posted by demonik on December 15, 2008

‘Non-fiction’ although sometimes it’s very hard to tell …

Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – The Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper (Robinson, 1999: new edition, 2008)


Maxim Jakubowski – Introduction
Maxim Jakubowski and Nathan Braund – Introduction to the First Edition

Undisputed Facts

A Complete Chronology of the Whitechapel Murders
Just the Facts

Key Texts

Witness Statements
Autopsy Reports
The “Ripper Letters”
Police Views
Disputed Texts

Current Views

William Beadle – The Real Jack the Ripper
Mark Daniel – How Jack the Ripper Saved the Whitechapel Murderer
Stewart P Evans – My Life and Jack the Ripper New
Martin Fido – David Cohen and the Polish Jew Theory
Paul Harrison – Catch Me When You Can
Shirley Harrison – The Diary of Jack the Ripper
Bruce Paley – The Facts Speak For Themselves
Euan Macpherson – The Case of William Bury New
Gary Rowlands – The Mad Doctor
M J Trow – The Way to Hell
James Tully – Was James Kelly “Jack the Ripper”?
Peter Turnbull – Jack the Ripper: Man or Myth
Nick Warren, FRCS – The Great Conspiracy
Derek Raymond – Jack the Ripper, a Novelist’s Speculation New
Trevor Marriott – Carl Feigenbaum: aka Jack the Ripper New
Colin Wilson – A Lifetime in Ripperology
Barry Forshaw – Patricia Cornwell Names the Ripper New

Further Evidence

Other Suspects
Other Victims?
Weather Report


Uncredited cover artwork for 1999 edition.

These articles appeared in the 1st edition but were deemed surplus to requirements for the 2008 version.

Melvyn Fairclough – In Quest Of Jack The Ripper
Sue & Andy Parlour – The Jack The Ripper Whitechapel Murders
Simon Whitechapel – Guts ‘n Roses: The Coming Apocalypse Of the Ripper Millennium
A. P. Wolf – Jack The Myth

i’ve got a very real loathing of the whole Ripper industry, in particular those seriously disturbing ghouls who enhance the Mary Kelly photo to emphasise the extent of her mutilation and post the results on, but I read the first edition cover to cover and thought it was great. Now it looks like it’s time for a rematch as there’s a new edition and, but for a very few exceptions, i can no longer remember which articles did it for me back in 1999 and why? Simon Whitechapel’s piece on the occult symbolism of it all (dropped from the 2008) certainly stayed in my mind as it totally bamboozled me, but, far more my type of thing, M. J. Trow’s The Way To Hell builds up a strong case against philanthropist Frederick Charrington – only to dismantle it at the last when he admits the whole piece has been a conceit to demonstrate how easy it is to invent your own Ripper suspect. And then there’s the Barbours who seem to think Dr. Barnado had more to do with it than you might think ….

Thanks to Sam and Georgie Askew at Constable & Robinson!

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