Carter, Margaret L. Dracula: The Vampire and the Critics. Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press, 1988.
This edited collection consists of 21 critical essays on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, all originally published between the 1950s and the 1980s. The essays offer a variety of critical interpretations, including psychoanalytic and feminist readings of the novel.
Leatherdale, Clive. Dracula: The Novel and the Legend. Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: Aquarian Press, 1985.
This book offers a range of historical, biographical, and theoretical frameworks relevant to the study of Dracula. It includes information on the figure of the vampire in history and literature, background on Bram Stoker and the origins of the novel, and a variety of literary interpretations.
Punter, David. The Literature of Terror: A History of Gothic Fictions from 1765 to the Present Day. London: Longman, 1980.
This book surveys a wide array of Gothic fiction written since the genre emerged in the mid-eighteenth century, with attention to major Gothic novels by British and American authors. The introduction offers a brief overview of the history and characteristics of Gothic fiction more broadly.
Twitchell, James B. The Living Dead: The Vampire in Romantic Literature. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1981.
This book examines the figure of the vampire in prose and poetry during the Romantic period, with attention to authors including William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Coleridge, the Brontës, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. More briefly, it also addresses the presence of vampires in post-Romantic literature to the early twentieth century.