A chilling chronicle of the often ignored history of vampirism as it has surfaced repeatedly in news articles, historical accounts, and first person interviews, this shocking account of occultist rituals and the inhuman forces that influence them shines a light on the horrifying truth. Revealing that real vampires are not immortal, do not have fangs or sleep in coffins, and have no fear of sunlight or crucifixes, the examination dispels many myths but also confirms the truth behind several traits of real vampires, such as the insatiable thirst for blood and the dream of an eternal soul. Complete with 30 spinetingling tales of the hideous wraiths and creatures that lurk in shadow, this fascinating collection includes the stories of the Mexican prostitute who mesmerized an entire village, convincing them she was an Incan goddess who required human sacrifice for her magic; the three teenagers who left a trail across the South as they conducted blooddrinking rituals with animals; and the mysterious Lady in Black who draws psychic energy from men who dare approach her as she wanders through city streets and parks.
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Brad Steiger is an award-winning writer with more than five decades of experience exploring unusual, hidden, secret, and strange occurrences. He is the author of Conspiracies and Secret Societies; Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; and The Werewolf Book. He lives in Forest City, Iowa.Review:
"Brad Steiger carefully, thoroughly, and yet entertainingly examines the vampire legend ... A true must read, though you might want to read it in the daytime rather than late at night on a full moon."— Alternate Perceptions magazine
"Those interested in [vampires] will find the profiles and history fascinating."— ForeWord magazine
"Brad creates a very compelling book that feels much like sitting around a campfire listening to him entertain and amaze Damn good book - check it out!"— Horrornews.net
"In a period dominated by the "Twilight" series, this book travels beneath fictional myths ... [A] thought-provoking subject survey."— Library Journal
"I have to wonder if Stephenie Meyer would ever have written Twilight if she had read Steiger's book first. I'm sure it would have at least given her pause. I highly recommend Real Vampires for anyone willing to take a look at the kind of night creatures that do not sparkle in the sun."— Linda's Bloghouse
"Real Vampires is thought-provoking, intriguing and prevalent in putting all of the vampire pieces of the puzzle together! A true tour-de-force with solid ramifications that lead only to one thing. A standing ovation!! Bravo!"— Sacramento Press
"Steiger has brought back to life an eerie account of an overlooked and often-forgotten history of vampirism. This dark and sinister read is not for "Twilight" followers, but rather for hardcore enthusiasts of vampire lore, the occult, and the paranormal."— School Library Journal
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