In the West the vampire myth is widely thought to have been based on the life of Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century Wallachian warrior-prince whose devotion to cruelty and killing made the lives of his subjects miserable, bloody and short. However, bloodsuckers of all shapes and sizes feature in many cultures. The most famous of these is the chupacabra, or 'goat killer', a creature that is rumoured to have attacked and mutilated as many as 2,000 animals in Puerto Rico and Latin America. The chupacabra is variously described as half alien, half tail-less dinosaur with quills running down its back, a panther with a long serpent's tongue and a hopping animal that leaves an unbearable sulphurous stench in its wake. Whatever his form, one thing is for sure, the chupacabra shares little with his dark-cloaked, virgin-biting, garlic-hating, European cousin, apart from his lust for blood. VAMPIRES explores these diverse myths and legends, their impact upon popular culture and the possible explanations behind such phenomena.
To be honest with you, I’m a real sucker (no pun intended) for any title that delves into the vampire mythos and whilst a lot of it is covered time and again in the same parlance, it takes a brave author to stand up and try to take it in a more unconventional manner. What Charlotte puts together in this offering is the whole mythos and even delves into area’s that we haven’t really looked at before. Its fun, its quirky but above all else it’s a title that looks great throughout even down to the detailing upon the cover. A great addition to an Vamp’s lair and a title that will not only amuse but be picked up time and again for a quick rummage.