Vampires: A Hunter’s Guide by Steve White and Mark McKenzie-Ray. Book review

VAMPIRES:  A HUNTER’S GUIDE by Steve White and Mark McKenzie-Ray, Osprey Publishing, s/b, £10.99

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

This book is presented as a factual guide to vampires written for a world in which vampires are a very real part of life – describing the history and different types of vampires around the world, detailing their strengths, weaknesses and how best to defeat them.  It begins by explaining the United Nations task force that has been created to combat the vampire menace that the world faces.  Operating outside of the realms of public knowledge, they combine modern technology with ancient iconography and superstitions – armour acid-etched with biblical inscriptions, UV torches mounted on weapons that fire consecrated wood or silver, and crucifixes very much part of their uniform.

It’s a fascinating read, covering the Eastern European Strigoi (your traditional, Dracula-style vampire), African Asanbosam vampires, which seem related to the vampire bat, Chinese “hopping” Jiangshi vampires, and even the South American Chupacabra – the infamous goat sucker.

If you’re a fan of vampires, or a budding Van Helsing, then this should be your manual of choice.  Covering strategies, weapons and defence, this book will help you to survive the vampire apocalypse.  Or at least defeat Bella and Edward.  Whichever is your preference…