Vampires and Vampirism
Dudley Wright (1868-1950) was an English writer, historian, occultist, Mason, and scholar of Islam. At one point the editor of England’s most influential Masonic newspaper, The Freemason, Wright dedicated his career to the study of religious, theosophical, and esoteric traditions, and was the author of dozens of books and hundreds of articles on such wide-ranging topics as Buddhism, Judaism, poltergeists, and the life of Jesus.
Vampires and Vampirism (1914) is a work from another era, a time when belief and wonder led some to travel down pathways of knowledge in search of truth and terror, not knowing what they would find.
Written in response to an “awakened interest in supernormal phenomena” in the early twentieth century, Dudley Wright’s Vampires and Vampirism traces the history of vampirism around the world, from ancient Babylonia, Assyria, and Greece, to Great Britain, Germany, and Eastern Europe. At times despicable, and always controversial, Dudley Wright was a tireless searcher whose life included conversions to Islam and Catholicism, and a deep, spiritual involvement with organizations dedicated to matters both visible and invisible, true and beyond belief.
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