The Evolution Of Vampire Literature

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Venice Franco
Horror Literature
Rutgers University
Professor Rosetti
August 12, 2014

The Evolution of Vampire Literature

There are several genres of fiction at the reader’s disposal. Horror fiction certainly has a vast scope. Many of the stories can be classified into different sub-genres. Vampire literature is a particular sub-genre that has caught interest for centuries. According to online dictionary, Dictionary.com, the formal definition of a vampire is, “a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.” Sightings of vampires have been documented as early as the 1000’s. Therefore, the archetype of vampires have started well before the vampires we know of today. Although one could agree there is a prejudice towards a vampire being an “evil” or antagonist character. Each century has significant piece of works that contribute to the sub-genre of vampire literature. From the 18th century vampire literature by Bram Stoker and John Polidori’s depiction of what exactly is a vampire. Then there was a wave of authors delving into the sub-genre. When thinking of modern vampire fiction, Anne Rice comes to mind as someone who helped it become more mainstream and inspire other modern authors to write their own vampire literature. The image of the vampire has changed over the years but in the end they are all out to suck blood. Some vampires may feel more remorseful than others. Vampires have been
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