This is a fascinating book. Filled with all sorts of information on why vampires have remained so popular in myth and pop culture. The author holds a number of degrees including sociology, criminology, and social science and she even teaches a course online in which this is the text book. The book starts with mythology then works its way into modern times with discussions of role playing and those that live the lifestyles. It also boasts essays from people involved in the genre or the lifestyle. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the creature both in pop culture and in society.