We don't know what drew Alan Ball, creator of hit HBO drama,True Blood, to Bruce A. McClelland's Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead, but we do know that he is holding the first book to explore the origins of the vampire slayer.
McClelland presents a nonromanticized history of the earliest vampire rituals that shows how much creative license figured into the refashioning of the vampire for the entertainment of the West. In Western popular culture, very little is said about the nemesis to the Vampire - the Slayer. They are seen as super-human or heroic when mentioned while their darker nature -- as those who persecute a corpse -- is obscured.
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