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Cold Streets (Elrod, P. N. Vampire Files.) by P. N. Elrod (Ace Book) Beloved fantasy writer PN Elrod returns with Cold Streets, the latest adventure of vampire-turned-private investigator Jake Fleming.

 The ninth entry in Elrod's Vampire Files series offers clever characterization, wicked wit and palatable mayhem, played out on the chilly streets of 1938 Chicago , six months after the action in Lady Crymsyn. Jack is tracking down a blackmailer who's onto the detective's unnatural secret.

Filled with snappy action and sharp dialogue, and featuring a likable and worldly hero, Elrod's latest is certain to be a hit with the fang-loving crowd.

The Vampire in Lore and Legend by Montague Summers (Dover) "Throughout the whole vast shadowy world of ghosts and demons there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet [looked upon] with such fearful fascination, as the vampire, who is himself neither ghost nor demon, but yet who partakes the dark natures and possesses the mysterious and terrible qualities of both." So begins this riveting study by one of the foremost authorities on witchcraft and occult phenomena.

An indefatigable researcher, Summers explores the presence of vampires in Greek and Roman lore, in England and Ireland during Anglo‑Saxon times, in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Romania, and Bulgaria, even in modern Greece. More than just a collection of library lore, however, this detailed examination of the history of vampirism in Europe also includes anecdotes and firsthand accounts gathered by the author from peasants in places where belief in vampires was still common.

A fascinating, sometimes terrifying book, The Vampire in Lore and Legend is a "mine of out‑of‑the‑way information full of unspeakable tales," writes The New York Times; and according to Outlook, "a fascinating inquiry into the vampire legend . . . a storehouse of curious and interesting lore." Of great interest to any enthusiast of the supernatural and the occult, this book will appeal as well to the legions of general readers captivated by this ancient myth.

Unabridged Dover (2001) republication of The Vampire in Europe, published by University Books, Inc., New Hyde Park, New York, 1961 (originally published by E. P. Dutton and Co., Inc., 1929). Foreword. Introduction. Notes. Index.


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