Friday, July 16, 2010

Cracking Open the CSI's Vault

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry has been kind enough to publish articles from its magazine, Skeptical Inquirer, online. Naturally, a few of 'em deal with vampires.

First up's Paul Barber's "Staking Claims: The Vampires of Folklore and Fiction" (March/April 1996), which is a greatly abbreviated take on the content dealt with in his classic vampirological work, Vampires, Burial, and Death: Folklore and Reality (1988).

There's a brief section on the chupacabra aka Hispanic Goatsucker in Robert E. Bartholomew and Erich Goode's "Mass Delusions and Hysterias: Highlights from the Past Millennium" (May/June 2000).

Massimo Polidoro's "In Search of Dracula" (March/April 2006) is mainly for the Vlad fans, but does deal with the strigoi of Romanian folklore.

The laws of physics are applied to vampires in Costas J. Efthimiou and Sohang Gandhi's "Cinema Fiction vs. Physics Reality: Ghosts, Vampires, and Zombies" (July/August 2007). Their postulations drummed up some decent press at the time.

Lastly, Joe Nickell's "Werewolves—or Weren’t?" (March 2008) touches on the connection between vampirism and lycanthropy. He also explores New England's "vampire" tradition in "Searching for Vampire Graves" (March/April 2009).

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