Basil Copper - The Vampire: In Legend, Fact & Art (Robert Hale, 1973: 1990)
Justice at The Crossroads It Will Have Blood The Growth Of The Legend The Vampire Of Meduegna Bats, Moths And Cats Augustus Hare's Vampire
Polidori Sets A Trend Prest's Varney Bram Stoker's Immortal Creation Enter Count Dracula The Dead Travel Fast - Themes In The Short Story The Theme To Date Dr. Porthos
In Film And Theatre
Dracula On Stage Nosferatu: F. W. Murnau And German 'Decadence' 'Children Of The Night: Listen To Them Howl!' Terror In The Mist: Carl Dreyer's Vampyr Dracula Lives Again
Medical Vampirism Fritz Haarman: Horror In Hanover Sergeant Bertrand: The Phantom Of Montparnasse The Crawley Crimes: John George Haigh Vampire Or Victim? Haigh And The Brand Of Satan Nights In H*gh*ate Cem*tery
Epilogue Selected Bibliography Index
In the acknowledgements Basil is very gracious to Peter Haining for his help in researching : In Legend, Fact & Art, but I can't help thinking he must have upset the great man in some way as the section on the vampire in literature is riddled with outrageous howlers! Having said that, I first read this in the eighties via the library and it started me on a vampire kick which lasted til late in the following decade. The Dead Travel Fast - Themes In The Short Story came in handy. I listed all the stories he mentions in longhand and set about obtaining copies of as many as I could. Prior to Vampire..., I'd never read a smidgen of Varney, and Le Fanu was a name vaguely remembered from The Vampire Lovers - I probably thought he was the director.
There's a Werewolf equivalent too, maybe not quite as bonkers, which I'll maybe type up later.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.