Introduction: The Mystery and Mystique of the Vampire Chapter 1: Portrait Gallery of the Undead Chapter 2: Generation V Chapter 3: All-American Vampires (and Zombies) Chapter 4: That Sucking Sound Chapter 5: The Key to Immortality Conclusion: Vampires, Inside and Out Acknowledgments
Erik Butler has written extensively on European culture and film and taught at Emory University. His books include Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film (2011).
"Just to say the word 'vampire' now is to make some readers
shudder, and not for the right reasons. But reading a new
study--Erik Butler's The Rise of the Vampire--we realise
that was is interesting isn't just the vampires themselves but why
they appear in the first place. . . . Butler is very good at
exploring vampirism as a psychological condition as much as a
physical one."--The Times (UK)
"Butler is to be applauded for elucidating the emergence of vampire mythology in history and its progression through various cultures up to its widespread presence in today's culture. Weaving in themes of vampirism as cultural and psychological symptoms, amplifications of themes of life and its manifold limits and complexities, Erik Butler has created a masterful compendium of ideas."
--New York Journal of Books