The Vampire, His Kith and Kin

Montague Summers

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The Vampire, His Kith and Kin is a book by English author Montague Summers. In this work Summers discusses the vampire phenomena from a Catholic perspective. This book has all of the apparatus to qualify as an academic study, including footnotes, extensive quotations in the original languages, and references to rare source documents. Of particular interest is the final chapter, which traces the development of the vampire craze in 19th century literature. Chapters include: The Origins Of The Vampire; The Generation Of The Vampire; The Traits And Practice Of Vampirism; The Vampire In Assyria, The East, And Some Ancient Countries; and, The Vampire In Literature. The author was known for his eccentric personality and for his particular interest in the occult. His biogrpaher stated that 'During the year 1927, the striking and somber figure of the Reverend Montague Sommers in black soutane and cloak, with buckled shoes—a la Louis Quatorze—and shovel hat could often have been seen entering or leaving the reading room of the British Museum, carrying a large black portfolio bearing on its side a white label, showing in blood-red capitals, the legend 'VAMPIRES'.

This book has 139,088 words, 209 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1928.

Production notes: This ebook of The Vampire, His Kith and Kin was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 9th March 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Vampire' by Edvard Munch.

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