Monday, January 3, 2011

Vampires: The Occult Truth, by Konstantinos (publisher: Llewellyn)

Vampires: The Occult Truth ~ 11.95

Konstantinos’ book drips with mystery and that’s only the beginning of what makes Vampires The Occult Truth a definitely spooky but worthwhile read. With so many different types of vampires to write about (human bloodsuckers, undead stalkers of the night, sexual vampires and those who work like parasites against the unsuspecting psyche) Konstantinos engorges the reader.

If there is to be a downside to the book it’s only because the author has a frustrating habit of teasing like a news anchor about fearsome information to come. The reader’s delay of pleasure is most evident in the first chapter where the author serves only a morsel of bloody meat while the bulk of those pages foretell what the reader will be able to discover when he or she sinks one’s teeth much deeper into the book, in subsequent chapters.

The more immersed one gets into reading, however, the more one’s heart begins to race as the horror of ancient vampire tales come alive through the pages. Just as one begins to believe that a certain fable could possibly be true, the author explains why commonsense and scientific logic would most likely disprove the aged lore of such vampirism and butchery. Depending on your vampire orientation – whether you believe in them or not – Konstantinos' use of commonsense and devotion to fact finding could prove to be disappointing (or not, depending on your point of view).

Beginning with third-person accounts of various kinds of vampires, the pages grow to be more and more intimately told and are presented in welcoming detail. At one point, letters from modern day vampires spill onto the pages. (Konstantinos held out the promise of using pseudonyms instead of legal names for human vampires so they could continue to lurk from the shadows anonymously.)

With the diligence of a headless horseman searching for his lost skull, Konstantinos discussed so many vampire variations -- the author even described Renfield’s Syndrome, a blood-sucking condition that becomes evident during childhood. It’s a disorder you’ll never read about on the web site for the Centers for Disease Control but it also conjures up a mental picture you’ll not soon forget – that of small children happily lapping blood from either their friend’s or their own natural wounds.

If you are interested in learning the truth about vampires . . . this is the book for you. If you are eager to feel frightened, you could choose to read Vampires The Occult Truth while in a graveyard, at night, with only a flashlight for company. Either that, or you could forgo the cold damp ground and experience all of those goose bumps just by reading the book (in the comfort of your home)! In the final chapters, the author gives credible evidence to prove that psychic vampires do exist to drain energy from the most unsuspecting human victims. Fortunately, Konstantinos does not leave you feeling so vulnerable. The author also provides helpful hints for shielding oneself -- with explicit directions for guarding oneself against such evil doers.

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