I’ve been a little under the weather lately, so, while I finish up work on the next podcast episode, here is an article that I wrote for Vamped about my meetings with vampire scholars J. Gordon Melton and Michael Bell.
In Episode 2, “The Librarian Meets the Collector,” I, the librarian, talk about the works of J. Gordon Melton, the author that has compiled some of the most important vampire reference works in the English language. I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Melton over Spring Break, and I will be writing about that meeting, as well as my meeting with author and folklorist Michael Bell, on the Vamped website at vamped.org
Before I give links to the books mentioned in the podcast, I wanted to mention my Kickstarter project. I have a very modest project going on, only until April 1st, so that I can purchase some better audio equipment and a few more research materials for the episodes. If you are willing and able, please visit and donate here – The Vampire Historian Podcast
Books mentioned in the podcast by J. Gordon Melton:
In this first episode, “Stoker Meets Vlad,” I discuss some of the issues dealing with the common theory that Bram Stoker based his character of Count Dracula on the real life Wallachian Prince Vladislav III, AKA Vlad the Impaler.
While the facts are now well-known among vampire scholars, I thought that this was an interesting topic for the casual vampire or Dracula fan. In the fall 2014, I presented a lecture titled “The Real Dracula: Separating Vlad the Impaler from the Fictional Count.” This podcast is somewhat based on that lecture.
Sources and other books mentioned in the podcast:
The first book that I mention in this episode is the now-classic In Search of Dracula by Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu. First released in 1972, it was revised in 1994.
I also mentioned Jan L. Perkowski’s The Darkling: A Treatise on Slavic Vampirism. Chapter one of this book is titled “Dracula the Vampire.” As I mention in the podcast, I will probably plan a whole episode about Perkowski’s comparison of Dracula to St. Nicholas.
As I’m working on getting the first podcast episode finished, I wanted to be sure to let everyone know where to find me online. The links are also on the left side of the page, but you can follow The Vampire Historian here on WordPress, and also at:
“If there is a well-attested history in the world, it is that of the Vampires. Nothing is missing from it: interrogations, certifications by Notables, Surgeons, Parish Priests, Magistrates. The judicial proof is one of the most complete. And with all that, who believes in Vampires? Will we all be damned for not having believed?” – Jean-Jaques Rousseau, “Letter to Beaumont” 1764.
If you ever see one of my lectures on vampires, you’ll notice that I usually start with this quote, and I think this is a good way to start here, too. It’s this “well-attested history” that we will be exploring the most here on the blog and in the podcast. That doesn’t mean that we won’t delve into things like Dracula or vampire films every now and then. Even the real-life adventures of Vlad the Impaler or other non-vampire historical figures are fair game. In fact, I’m speaking on Rasputin’s murder later this semester, and perhaps he’ll make his way here, as well. He did have hypnotic eyes and was very hard to kill…