A quantitative investigation into paranormal beliefs of the contemporary vampire subculture

Williams, Emyr (2016) A quantitative investigation into paranormal beliefs of the contemporary vampire subculture. Paranthropology, 7 (1). pp. 33-39. ISSN 2044-9216

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It has been argued that the growing resurgence of contemporary vampire literature has resulted in re-emergence of the vampire as a new sexy modern beast to which one is no longer in fear, but rather to a creature that is respected desired and even wanted (Hjelm, 2009). Alongside the literature on fictional vampires, there exists a subculture of ‘real’ vampires who exist within a community that could be viewed as a new category of person (Laycock, 2010). The current study utilises quantitative responses to an online questionnaire established to measure levels of religious and paranormal beliefs among those who claim adherence to the real vampire subculture. A total of 1,384 respondents affiliated with the vampire subculture completed the Revised Paranormal Belief Scale (Tobacyk, 2004). The data confirm that paranormal beliefs are held by a proportion of the subculture; that differences emerge between different groups affiliated with the subculture; and that, in general, the vampire subculture is more accepting of paranormal beliefs than the general public.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Paranormal beliefs, Quantitative research, Vampires
Divisions: Social and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Stewart Milne
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 10:08
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 14:46
URI: https://glyndwr.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/9320

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