Review of The Vampire Combat Manual by Roger Ma

Here at we don’t want to harm our beloved creatures of the night, but, let’s say that you do, that you want to keep yourself safe in case the undead take over, then I’ve got the book for you – The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma. I just got my hands on this badass book and it’s one every slayer should read.

Book description:

In the inevitable event of a vampire attack, the average citizen will be forced to engage in vicious hand-to-hand combat. To avoid serious injury, disfigurement, or death by exsanguination, you need to know the proper combat strategies and techniques to ward off a stronger, faster, more agile undead opponent looking to drain the life from your body. Are you prepared? With detailed illustrations and firsthand accounts from vampire combat veterans—as well as interviews with actual members of the undead—this manual provides you with the information you need to survive with your life and blood supply intact, including:

  • Debunking myths, i.e.: vampire flight, animal metamorphosis, physical attraction to humans
  • Crafting the most lethal vampire weapons from everyday materials
  • The pros—and cons—of decapitation
  • Weaponizing Ultraviolet (UV) light against an undead opponent
  • Using the Domicile Histodiscordant Reaction (DHR), otherwise known as “The Vampire Invitation,” to your advantage
  • Solo attacks, team-based combat, and much more…

The Vampire Combat Manual is your indispensable key to survival, whether in a one-on-one battle for blood or a face-off against multiple attackers. Don’t wait until the sun goes down—prepare yourself now!

At first this book reminded me of my Vampire Hunting 101 post, but with less folklore and more real-life training and weaponry. The more I read the more I realized that this book is so much more than just a few facts and pictures. The Vampire Combat Manual has everything you could possibly need to defend yourself against a horde of the undead. The research and thought that went into this book is highly impressive.

The book runs with its own vampire mythos and begins by debunking classic myths and misconceptions revolving around vampires. The manual is told from the point of view of a member of a secret organization that destroys vampires. What follows are chapters on vampire anatomy, personal preparation for battle, weapons, and combat strategies and techniques. It’s an incredible mix of fact a fiction.

I was genuinely surprised and pleased by the amount of real information in this book. There are drawings that locate main arteries in the human body, info on how to tell time using the sun’s positioning, weapon specs (the range and skill level of a weapon), exercise routines …etc. There is even an incredibly detailed guide on how to make the most effective wooden stake, a guide with exact measurements and a list of high and low density wood types. This book may just be for fun, but it’s absolutely packed full of information, some of which is useful even if you aren’t fighting vampires.

I am in love with The Vampire Combat Manual and applaud Roger Ma for the amount of research that had to have gone into making this kickass book. It’s one I definitely recommend – you can never be too prepared after all.

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).


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