- "Brad Steiger's, REAL VAMPIRES, NIGHT STALKERS, AND CREATURES
FROM THE DARKSIDE will certainly become the immortal
Vampire book of all times." "And I am truly vampirised!"
... Karen Beals ~ September 2009
- "This Book Has Real Bite! " As The Number1
Writer and authority in the world of paranormal research, Brad Steiger,
now reveals to the world that real vampires are not just those immortal
movie monsters. Nor or they just old Transylvanian mythic tales. "The
Undead" and " Human Blood Suckers" do walk amongst us, and
many do not have fangs or sleep in mud filled caskets. By this great work
I believe the symbiotic relationship of the Nosferatu and the living is
finally exposed to the light of day. ... Lisa Lee Harp Waugh, The Great
american Necromancer ~ September 2009
- REVIEWED BY LISA LEE HARP WAUGH
- In devouring my copy of "REAL VAMPIRES, NIGHT
STALKERS, AND CREATURES FROM THE DARKSIDE by Brad Steiger," I realized
that "This book has real bite!" It mesmerizes you from the instant
you see the cover art.
- This is the of course definitive book on real Vampires
that we the living have been waiting centuries to read.
- I actually believed through my personal Vampiric research
and that by reading many vampire tales, books and articles over the years
that I personally knew all the facts and the fictions there were. But Steiger's
work has opened my eyes to a world of the undead that I never really knew
or believed existed.
- We, in the paranormal investigation field, assume that
we actually know and understand everything about the undead creatures that
prowl the shadows. When in truth we know we do not.
- What funny mortals are we...
- Of The Real Night Stalkers
- I personally love the way that Mr. Steiger entwines informative
personal views, accounts and reference material for this volume. The Creatures
that haunt these pages are more flesh and blood then would or could be
imagined. His depth as a writer, historian, researcher and cataloger expresses
the understanding that only he can make us aware of.
- Vlad the Impaler, Elisabeth the Countess of Blood, Jack
the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer, Jeffrey Dahmer and actual interviews with
modern vampires themselves. Those the real blood sucking sub culture of
today. And least we forget the El Chupacabras and those midnight cursed
humans, aliens and beast that roam the fringe of civilizations still. This
Book does cover it all.
- Some might relate to you that the book does come across
as a text book as well as case book rolled into one. I am sure any student
of the Paranormal or Vampire lore will not want to let this great work
pass them by. The Key Points on Vampires is they always come back to haunt
the living. But the how's and the why's have always eluded us until now.
- My personal favorite tale is that of "The Blacked-Eyed
Beings" This did set me on a new quest of investigation. It also sent
a chill through my soul for I know now the deep truth behind the myth.
- As for the artwork, this book is beyond compare. I would
almost state that it could be a table book, from the artwork of the great
Ricardo Pustanio. His works are so "alive". If I could only take
the artwork from the book, and "blow" them up and put them on
my walls as posters, I would feel like I was in my own little heaven. Great
job, Mr. Pustanio!!!
- Everyone, go and buy this book, read it, memorize it,
hand it down to your children!!! This is a must read and must own best
selling book for every library, a proud item to own.
- Thank You Again Mr. Steiger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Lisa Lee Harp Waugh
- American Necromancer
- Reviewed by Brent Raynes
Visible Ink Press
- Brad Steiger carefully, thoroughly, and yet entertainingly
examines the vampire legend from multiple levels of perceived reality in
order to more accurately and potentially extract relevant data and to more
meaningfully define the true implications behind such reported occurrences
and states of being, ever mindful to separate fact from fiction in an attempt
to better discern the proverbial and all important truth of such matters.
A skilled author and a most knowledgeable, seasoned researcher and investigator
of subjects dark and mysterious, Brad recounts for his readers reports
of frightening encounters with what he calls parasitic spirits that may
possess their human hosts, feeding upon their life force, and judging from
the lurid descriptions of horrible crime scene murders perhaps even feeding
upon the life essences of others. Brad assures us that the real vampire,
the parasitic, shape-shifting variety, is nothing like the romanticized,
seductive version of popular Hollywood fame. They walk freely in the light
of day, crucifixes have no affect on them, and they don't offer immortality,
only pain and death.
- But as I stated, Brad explores other levels and categories
of reality and perception with regard to the vampire phenomenon and legend.
Besides spirit possession and encounters with presumed parasitic entities
of various descriptions (and this book has some fascinating first-hand
accounts), and exploring in detail the historical background behind ancient
encounters with supernatural beings like Lilith, the Jinn and the Nephilim,
Brad skillfully traverses with us through numerous other landscapes and
- While the main focus of this book is on the supernatural
elements of such matters, we are also introduced to a subgroup of people
within our society who call themselves "vampires," the majority
of whom claim to feed on the psychic energy of other humans rather than
using their blood. Brad also introduces us to porphyria, the so-called
"vampire's disease," or Renfield's Syndrome, or to what psychologists
refer to as a werewolf psychosis popularly called lycanthropy, to crazed
serial killers who imagine themselves to possess a supernatural need to
kill others, for whatever reasons.
- Growing numbers of psychologists, psychiatrists and clergy
though are recognizing that mental delusion, illness and psychosis does
not fit the profile of all of these cases. Sometimes it's of a more inexplicable,
supernatural character, and Brad has a lot of those stories, too.
- Be sure and read his chapters Haunted by the Dybbuk,
The Secondhand Sofa Came with the Spirit of a Vampire, Vampires from UFOs,
Black-Eyed Beings, The Shadow People, and Multidimensional Mimics to further
generate an extra little chill going up and down your spine! This book
also has 90 illustrations and photographs. Some truly talented artists
contributed some great artwork to this volume.
- A true must read, though you might want to read it in
the daytime rather than late at night on a full moon.
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- First, I have to say that, in my own opinion, this is
one Brad's finest books - and for several reasons, upon which I'll now
explain and elaborate.
- There can be very little doubt that even the merest mention
of the word "Vampire" conjures up imagery of either (a) the
classic vampires of yesteryear as portrayed on-screen by the likes of Bela
Lugosi and Christopher Lee (you know the ones I mean: they rather resemble
pale-faced waiters in cloaks!); or (b) the latter-day vampires
with whom Hollywood is so enamored and who resemble the offspring of some
dark alliance between Marilyn Manson and TV's hottest Goth: the delicious
Abby from NCIS.
- As Brad is very careful to make abundantly clear to his
readers, however, the cinematic vampire with which all of us are acquainted
is - largely, at least - a creation of enterprising, enthusiastic and skilled
screenplay writers, authors and horror-devotees. Separating the fictional
vampire from the factual one, is a key aspect of the book - and a very
welcome and informative aspect, too.
- The genuine vampire, we learn early on in the pages of
the book, is a far darker and ominous entity than anything Hollywood could
ever throw at us - it is a predatory beast that stalks us by night; one
that feeds upon the human life-force and drains us of emotional energy;
that dwells in some darkened, elusive dimension of undetermined origins;
that oozes negativity; and that has been using, abusing and exploiting
us for thousands of years.
- And, it is in getting this particular point across that
Brad's book scores major points. Digging deep into ancient texts, manuscripts
and tales, Brad acquaints us with the likes of the diabolical Lilith; with
demonic entities of a truly black nature; with belief systems pertaining
to the shedding of blood; and the way in which the vampire can (both metaphorically
and literally) get its teeth and claws into us.
- Brad also addresses what he calls "A Gallery of
Classic Vampires," in which you will find much on disturbing characters
like the notorious Elizabeth Bathory; as well as other vampire-style
souls, including Vincent Verzini; Albert Fish; and John Haigh.
- Of course, some of these were merely deranged souls -
not literal vampires, in the sense we understand the term. However, Brad
demonstrates that sometimes, those who we see as merely mentally-ill individuals
drawn to drink blood may actually be the victims of something far more
significant and sinister.
- As Brad explains: "Many researchers believe that
the spirit parasite can seize the controlling mechanism of the host body
and direct the enslaved human to perform horrible, atrocious deeds. The
spirit parasite might implant murderous thoughts into a host's mind, such
as the desire to taste human blood, to slash a victim's throat, even to
eat some of the person's flesh. After the crime has been committed, the vampiric spirit
parasite withdraws back into another dimension of time and space, thus
leaving the confused human being alone, charged with murder, while the
true assassin has escaped."
- Of particular interest to me, is the section of the book
where Brad delves into the connections between vampires and werewolves
- definitely a heady combination! Equally as parasitic as classic vampires,
these hairy beasts of the full-moon are shown time and again as being entities
that we would be very wise to avoid - both mentally and physically.
- Real Vampires is also packed with insightful data
on the history of blood-based cults; the way in which widespread hysteria
can have an effect on tales and legends ofvampirism; those unfortunate
souls afflicted by mental-illness and who believe themselves to be definitive
blood-suckers of the night; ominous beings that feed on us - emotionally
and spiritually - in our sleep; and the truly macabre Shadow People.
- All in all, then, Brad Steiger's Real Vampires is
a massively in-depth study of a phenomenon that is both ancient
and very real; that is as dark and disturbing as it is misunderstood; and
one that should not be dabbled in lightly.
- They may not all resemble Bela Lugosi or Christopher
Lee - and, unfortunately, they may not all look like Abby either. But,
as Brad demonstrates time and again, the vampire is a creature of genuine,
deadly and shadowy proportions.
- Definitive and required reading for anyone wanting to
learn the truth about real-life parasitic entities from the outer edge...
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