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"As a writer, Romancing the Vampire author David J. Skal shares all the best characteristics of evolving vampires. His Hollywood Gothic and The Monster Show--and a host of other learned and lively books and DVDs--examine a variety of fiends with wit, daring and panache. But he always returns to vampires, ingesting their many facets, from the dangerous audacity of their formative years to the shrinking sensitivity of their new resurrection. Like his undead subjects, David J. Skal is fluid, subtle, penetrating and an unforgettable spokesman for all seasons."

--Nina Auerbach, author, Our Vampires, Ourselves.

"I am particularly glad to add this book to my library. It is an amazing and unique treasure chest of dark gems from the underworld. It is a sensory delight, a marriage of David J. Skal's fluid and evocative prose and an unparalleled collection of rich, compelling art and images. This is one of those rare books that never ceases to intrigue, inform, and entertain."

--Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters.



Selected Works

The ultimate "collector's vault"!
There's much more to the Invisible Man than ever met the eye!
How horror entertainment reveals a "secret history" of 20th century culture.
A comprehensive, backstage chronicle at the undying career of the world's favorite vampire.
An in-depth history of one of America's most popular and perplexing holidays.
Co-edited with Nina Auerbach, the definitive academic edition.
The first full-length biography of the reclusive and mysterious director of "Freaks."
One of the largest vampire anthologies ever published, fully illustrated and annotated.
"The Bible of Blood," according to the Washington Post.
Completely illustrated and annotated, the stage play that put Count Dracula on the road to Hollywood.
The curious evolution of a major cultural icon -- the mad scientist.
Science fiction nvel about a California cult seeking total body replacement
Science fiction novel about genetically engineered, hermaphroditic "children."
Science fiction novel about the ultimate in vicarious living.
DVD Documentaries
A revealing featurette about a Universal legend.
Audio commentary for the ultimate cult film.
The ultimate horror icon comes to life.
Life story of the troubled actor best-known as the Wolf Man.
Biography of the man who was Dracula.
The life and career of Hollywood's favorite bogeyman.
A movie icon unwrapped.
The parallel lives of two immortal imagineers.
A nostalgic look at a studio's extraterrestrial adventures.
Revisiting Hollywood's classic horror comedies.
The undying tale of a beauty and a beast.
Behind the scenes with an Academy Award-winning film.
A head-first dive into watery terror.
There's more to this character than meets the eye.
The monster demands a mate, with decidedly mixed results.
The vampire's bumpy journey from Victorian sex nightmare to modern matinee idol.
Articles and Essays
Read David's foreword to this provocative collection!