Books with a Bite!

All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us, and the AUM Library is getting into the ‘spirit’ by featuring books with a bite! Check out these tasty treats and more at the Library this month. That is if you aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night…
Interview with the Vampire By Anne Rice
In the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire myth for a late-20th-century audience. The story is ostensibly a simple one: having suffered a tremendous personal loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation owner named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he is confronted by Lestat, a charismatic and powerful vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. The two prey on innocents, give their “dark gift” to a young girl, and seek out others of their kind (notably the ancient vampire Armand) in Paris. But a summary of this story bypasses the central attractions of the novel. First and foremost, the method Rice chose to tell her tale–with Louis’ first-person confession to a skeptical boy–transformed the vampire from a hideous predator into a highly sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human figure. Second, by entering the experience of an immortal character, one raised with a deep Catholic faith, Rice was able to explore profound philosophical concerns–the nature of evil, the reality of death, and the limits of human perception–in ways not possible from the perspective of a more finite narrator.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Interview-Vampire-Anne-Rice/dp/0345337662
Located on the 2nd floor in the Browsing Collection
Dracula: The Connoisseur’s Guide By Leonard Wolf
In the 100 years since its publication, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has never been out of print. Once introduced to the world by the silent film classic Nosferatu in 1921, Dracula became an enduring icon of fear, forever immortalized as a frightful embodiment of evil and forbidden sexuality.Now, in this fascinating and entertaining account, Wolf examines the various interpretations of the immortal vampire in print, film, television, theater, and literature, including an extensive outline of Bram Stoker’s life and his literary masterpiece, Dracula. Wolf explains how the story of a sexually sadistic undead creature/man who feeds on blood worked its way into mainstream society and how it is now used as a ubiquitous marketing tool for products from hair tonic to children’s breakfast cereal.
Source: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/leonard-wolf/dracula.htm
Located on the 5th floor PN56 .V3 W65 1997
30 Days of Night By Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn’t rise for over thirty consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil will come that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the Sheriff and Deputy, husband and wife who are torn between their own survival and saving the town they love.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/30-Days-Night-Steve-Niles/dp/0971977550
Located on the 5th floor PN6727 .N55 A15 2007
The Hammer Horror Series Collection of classic horror films
Hammer Films, one of the most celebrated horror studios in the history of cinema, presents 8 classic horror films in one collection. From Dracula to Frankenstein, werewolves to phantoms, the Hammer Horror Series showcases some of the most terrifying monsters in the history of cinema and features legendary performances by Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed and Janette Scott.
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Werewolf-Paranoiac-Nightmare-Creatures-Frankenstein/dp/B0009X770O
Located on the 2nd floor in the Media Collection PN1995.9.H6 H255 2005