Historical Timeline Of Vampire Books

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It was in 1047 AD where the word “Vampire” is first documented. After the first documented account of the word, almost 800 years will pass before the first vampire books ever written would be published.

It is 1819 and the beginning of our love of vampire novels. Vampire books first started with the success of John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” in 1819. This book established the charismatic and sophisticated vampire of fiction. It is arguably the most influential vampire book of the early 19th century. “The Vampyre” inspired such books as “Varney the Vampire” and finally and the well known “Dracula”.

Mr. Gustave Le Rouger published “Le prisonnier de la plante Mars (1908)” and its sequel “La guerre des vampires (1909)”, both were based on a native race of bat-winged, blood-drinking humanoids which were found residing on Mars. This was one of the first attempts to being a series focused on just vampires.

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Author of Vampire Mysteries Visits UCA

Miranda Grubbs at UCA Campus News
New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris will hold a free lecture and book signing at the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall on April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Harris, a Mississippi native who now lives in southern Arkansas, writes the popular Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries novels on which the HBO hit series “True Blood” is based. The book signing will immediately follow the lecture.

Larry Burns, adviser of the UCA Student Government Association, which helped in bringing Harris to campus, said the author’s lecture would be exciting for the UCA community. “Many people in the UCA community, especially students, are fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series and ‘True Blood’ on HBO,” Burns said. “Bringing Charlaine Harris is a great example of the SGA putting students first and providing an opportunity to meet and hear from a truly relevant and current author. Many students, staff and faculty are really excited to have Ms. Harris here on campus. She’s a great Arkansas author with a great series that is only growing in popularity.”

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What’s the deal with book covers?

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I managed to squeeze in a bit of time today to catch up on some of the blogs I follow and I came across this article at SF Signal about what makes a good book cover. I found this post particularly interesting because I’ve personally never paid too much attention to book covers before and I admit to being rather baffled by all the sudden attention that cover art is receiving lately from the book blogging community.

It’s true that when I browse in a book store certain covers attract my attention more then others, often leading me to pick up the book and read the blurb, but I’ve never given any thought as to why I was attracted to those covers, and I’ve never really cared. It’s the content that interests me, not what encases it, In addition, most of my book purchases are now done online where I don’t even get a good look at the book cover. So what is it about book covers that is garnering so much attention?

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I love seeing histories like old vampire references. I’m actually really surprised that the first vampire book was written in the 1800’s. I would expect stories to have been put to paper long before that.

Do you pick books based on their covers? What kinds of covers attract your attention? Will you go see Charlaine Harris’ lecture?