The Enduring Sexual Appeal of Vampires

The Enduring Sexual Appeal of Vampires

No creature of the night seems to excite the western imagination quite like the vampire. While others like Frankenstein and the Mummy have lost their lustre over the years, vampires abound in books and films. In the local video store, the horror shelves are stocked with films like ‘The Lost Boys’, and posters proclaim the release of ‘Fright Night II’.

Bram Stoker and the Creation of the ‘Dracula’ Novel (1897)

Bram Stoker and the Creation of the ‘Dracula’ Novel (1897)

There are various noticeable connotations which come to people’s minds after hearing the word Gothic. Some associate the term with today’s pulp literature for youngsters, whereas others often think of old, black and white movies about all those ridiculously looking monsters who constantly attack poor and frightened damsels-in-distress.

Witchcraft and Powerful Women Throughout the Middle Ages

Witchcraft and Powerful Women Throughout the Middle Ages

“All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which in women is insatiable,” caution Kramer and Sprenger, fifteenth-century Dominican inquisitors and authors of the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’, or ‘Hammer of Witches’, the definitive text on witchcraft to emerge from the late medieval period.

The Japanese Peculiar Subculture of Lolita with a Goth-Loli Focus

The Japanese Peculiar Subculture of Lolita with a Goth-Loli Focus

Japan, nowadays, does not seem as distant from our culture as it was two or three decades ago. In recent times there has been a real invasion of Japanese popular culture, an invasion that makes me think that it is not possible to reduce the world simply to an American “global village”.

The Monstrous Other and Virtual Vampires Transgressions

The Monstrous Other and Virtual Vampires Transgressions

The image of the vampire is such a pervasive one in twenty-first-century visual and literary culture that it is difficult to imagine a point of tabula rasa, where a potential cultural consumer does not already hold some preconception of pale skin and pointy teeth in reference to the vampiric.

The Folklore Vampire: The Monstrous Other

The Folklore Vampire: The Monstrous Other

According to J. Gordon Melton, “The vampire figure in folklore emerged as an answer to otherwise unsolvable problems within culture. It was seen as the cause of certain unexplainable evils, accounted for the appearance of some extraordinary occurrences within the society, and was often cited as the end product of immoral behaviour” (445).

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