Arm yourself with garlic, stake and crucifix, for the vampires are back in force - at the top of the best-seller lists, on your TV, on the web and lurking in darkened cinemas.
But, where did they come from? Why have they come back now? And how can you tell if you are one? Beginning with the first sightings of bats and blood-sucking in the Romantic period, "Bite" follows the undead's progress through the ages, right up to the present.
Alongside mini essays, anecdotes, facts and figures, each section is punctuated with lists, such as the best places around the world for vamp tourism; rock songs with vampire allusions; box-office revenues for vamp movies; the top 10 Vampire clubs, video-games, vampire brides, as well as reliable and unreliable methods of killing a vampire.