Books With Bite presents -- take a bite


Vampires: marginalised, blood-sucking, sexy … it’s hard to avoid these glamorous, dangerous creatures as they hold sway over the Western imagination. But, as the Twilight generation eagerly flocks to the cinema to watch film after film, do we really understand how and why these mythical creatures have come to dominate popular culture? And, more importantly, how do women feature in this phenomenon – in our so-called ‘modern’ society does an empowered vampire queen exist, or are we all just lusting after Edward?

In this innovative analysis of folklore and Anglo-American literature, Nancy Schumann explores the representation of vampires and vampiresses from the Romantic era through to the Post-Modern. Tracing the development of blood-sucking figures from their origin through to Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, before concluding with the Twilight and True Blood sagas, Take a Bite is a thorough and engaging analysis that puts women centre stage. Looking at both popular and less well-known texts, this engaging study tells the untold stories of vampiresses for the first time.

Take a Bite is available directly from Books with Bite. £10 including postage.

Order and pay via Paypal:                 

What readers say about  Take A Bite:

"You have created a scholarly as well as an entertaining book”

“What a cool book. I’m on page 24 and learned lots already.”

“I love the book. It's well written, scholarly and fun combined. Time the Female Principle is given Her due in the history of vampire literature.”

Follow us on Twitter

Take a Bite is a non-fictional text discussing female vampires in folklore and Anglo-American Literature and how their characteristics changed through the ages.

Impossible Spaces


The Hostel

by Nancy Schumann

Deutschsprachige Publikationen auf

Books with Bite on Facebook

Review the books on Goodreads

Into the Woods


A Winter’s Tale by

Nancy Schumann

Watch the trailer here

Dracula: An International Perspective

Palgrave Macmillan

including Emotions and Identity in Vampire Literature by Nancy Schumann