I’ll let them speak for themselves, firstly: “Journal of Vampire Studies is the official journal of the Vampire Studies Association, a not-for-profit founded to stimulate, disseminate and publish vampire scholarship. In this debut issue, Kamil Stachowski considers vampire etymologies not covered in his sprawling essay; Kevin Dodd, in the first of a two-part article, highlights variations on the Lord Ruthven character in the nineteenth century; Gerard P. O’Sullivan examines Montague Summers’ ‘philosophy of vampirism,’ while Niels K. Petersen questions Summers’ relevance to vampire studies today. All this and more!” That’s the official spiel.
The Journal of Vampire Studies is edited by my fellow vampire scholars Anthony Hogg and Andrew M. Boylan, and I know it was a labor of love for them. You can snag yourself a copy for cheap on Amazon. I can personally guarantee that the research here is of the most professional and scholarly sort, and the material covered, while it may be of the “highbrow” variety in the estimation of some, should be of utmost interest to anyone who is interested in the vampire phenomenon. I send congratulations to Anthony and Andy and am pleased to recommend this work to our readers. I look forward to future installments, as well.