Un-Dead TV: The Ultimate Guide to Vampire Television

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Vampires are ubiquitous in our popular culture—from movies to television, in fiction and art, and even within the hallowed halls of academia. But in the not-so-distant past, these undead creatures held more fear than fascination; they lived in the shadows and were the stuff of nightmares. In 1897, Bram Stoker introduced Dracula to the Western world—and our concept of vampires was changed forever.

In 1949, Bela Lugosi—best known for his starring role in the feature film Dracula (1931)—appeared on one of the first televised variety series: The Texaco Star Theater. Dressed as the iconic bloodsucker, Lugosi brought the vampire into our living rooms—and so began the undead presence on television. This medium has played a critical role in the evolution of the vampire; they’ve become as diverse as the population that they prey upon, and every generation creates their own interpretation.

For over sixty years, the undead have bled the television airwaves, appearing in every type of programming imaginable. Un-Dead TV catalogues over one thousand unique vampire appearances—and is the first book of its kind to explore this phenomenon to the extent that it truly deserves.

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In 1994, Brad Middleton created “Vampyres Only,” the first vampire pop culture website on the Internet (http://vampyres.com). It remains the largest, longest-running and most extensive source of related information available online. Since then, “VO” has been profiled across all media, and Brad’s expertise on the subject has led to consultations with such authors as Katherine Ramsland, who tapped him as a source for her ground-breaking book Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today (HarperCollins, 1998). In 2009, Brad wrote about television vampires for the third edition of The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (Visible Ink Press, 2011). He realized that the subject demanded further study; three years of additional research and writing—and watching a whole lot of television—has culminated in Un-Dead TV, the ultimate guide to vampire television.

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"An exhaustive guide to over 60 years of the vampire on the small screen...[a] bloody big (514 oversized pages!) book of bloodsuckers." - Rue Morgue magazine

"Un-Dead TV fills a previously empty research niche, and provides lots of browsing entertainment. Vampire lovers and scholars should find much to like in these pages." - Robert Morrish

"I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you enjoy reading about vampires on television, or if you are an author writing about those subjects.  Un-Dead TV is an invaluable resource, and one that will find prized real estate on my office shelf." - John Kenneth Muir

"Perusing this book is nothing but pure entertainment, yet both fans and scholars of the sub-genre will come away enlightened...Kudos to Middleton for this huge bite into previously uncharted bloodsucker territory." - Nancy Kilpatrick, Dark Fantasy/Horror author and editor

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