The Vampire Defanged


Author: Susanna Clements

Genre: Non-fiction/Mythology/Adult/Christian

Author Susanna Clements studies how Christianity figures into vampire fiction in The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero. In chronological order, she explores Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka True Blood) and Stephenie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga.

Defanged might be a simple compare-and-contrast if not for a clear progression toward the secular in the genre as Clements examines each work. Dracula is sin personified, recoiling at anything holy and drinking blood in a perversion of the Last Supper. With each successive interpretation, vampires have more free will—the foundation of a soul—and Christian theology matters less in the vampire universe.

Buffy holds paganism and Christianity equally valid, and Harris openly ridicules fundamentalist Christians. With Twilight, faith is almost nonexistent. Vampires can seemingly have it all: romance, family, physical perfection and cannibalism-free immortality. Appropriately, Meyer’s vampires have no fangs.

For Christian fans of vampire fiction, Defanged makes a useful reference point. Understanding the ideas behind the mythology helps the reader to separate theology from simple entertainment. (

This book was FANTASTIC! You all probably know my views on vampires – they’re evil. But this book is fascinating no matter what your views on vampires are. Due to some adult content discussed – gore, sexuality – this book is not appropriate for younger readers.

Ages: 16+

5 out of 5 stars

Book curtosy of Baker Publishing

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