Woerner) uses an almost scientific approach, liberally dashed with humor, to exam the vampire lore and how these preternatural beings have seamlessly moved into our world. This book contains a plethora of vampiric knowledge, spanning from the origins of the vampire, to the modern day romantic figure, to the sparkly teen heartthrob. The first section alone contains more information than a government super computer! Historical texts and data briefly explain the various theories of creation, beginning with Lilith and Cain, and moving through history with references to Judas Iscariot, Vlad III the Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory and the French Knights in the Crusades. Each figure lends credibility to the villainous vampire presence throughout the ages.
The book isn't all a history lesson. Referencing modern movies and television, the book goes on to identify the physical attributes (eyes, fangs, claws) that each class of vampire (romantic, tragic, villainous, halfies) could possess, giving readers a comprehensive survival guide for meeting, interacting and surviving a meeting with a vampire. Vampire Taxonomy answers such questions as "Can a vampire cross a river?" and "Can you take a vampire's picture?". The book also takes a look at habitats, diet and weaknesses. I'm relieved to know that "Mr. Pointy" is in fact a viable method of destroying a vampire. Pay special attention to the sub-sections titled "What to do if Approached", especially in regards to the villainous vampire, because they may just save your life. Do not forget, vampires are notorious tricksters and will stop at nothing to get what they want. When reading about the dastardly villainous vampire haunts, one is reminded why run down, isolated areas should be avoided at night. These vampires make Norman Bates seems like Mr. Rogers.
Vampire Taxonomy is an entertaining compendium that streamlines information while shedding light on the myth that is vampire. A must-have guide for vampire fans everywhere.
Reviewed by Anna Dougherty
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