Founded in Chicago in 1977 as the Vampire Studies Society
by Martin V. Riccardo, the organization was the first vampire
fan club to use the word vampire in its name (there had previously
been several organizations built around Dracula). For
several years the society published a Journal of Vampirism. The
word society was dropped in 1990 and Vampire Studies now
exists as a correspondence network and information clearinghouse
for people interested in all aspects of vampire lore.
Those interested may contact Riccardo at P.O. Box 151, Berwyn,
The Lure of Martin V. Riccardo. Special issue of The Vampire
Information Exchange Newsletter 53 (April 1991).
Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book An Encyclopedia of the
Undead. 2nd edition. Detroit Gale Research, 1999.
Riccardo, Martin V. Liquid Dreams of Vampires. St. Paul Llewellyn
. The Lure of the Vampire. Chicago Adams Press, 1983.
. Vampires Unearthed. New York Garland, 1983.