The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

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The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

Format:  Paperback,

909 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9781578592814

ISBN-10: 157859281X

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Revised, updated, and enlarged, this vast reference is an alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, many facets are uncovered--historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula and Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays, a vampire chronology, and 60 pages of vampire resources. Complete with detailed illustrations and photographs, the third edition of this popular authority includes a wealth of current events, including the "Twilight" phenomenon; contemporary authors of vampire romance; the growth and development of genuine, self-identified vampire communities; and prominent TV shows from "Buffy" to "True Blood."

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Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9781578592814
ISBN-10: 157859281X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 909
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.26
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.1 x 1.91 x 9.26

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Review by Library Journal (2010-09-15)

Updated for the first time in ten years, this vampire lore tome covers legends from around the world, both classical and current, presenting an overview of the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of vampires. Melton (director, Inst. for the Study of American Religions) has accounted for more recent entries to the rolls of the undead, from popular TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book and film franchise.

Entries encompass authors, scholars, vampire characteristics, organizations, media, notable vampires, vampires in places and cultures, and other things related to the mythology (e.g., blood and garlic) while spanning both popular and scholarly aspects. There are 500-plus entries, with a list of sources for each, and over 200 photographs. This new edition is important particularly to those collections where information regarding vampires in popular culture is desired, as readers will find significant coverage of popular culture over the years since the last edition was published. The volume has a table of contents and index for ease of use as well.

Bottom Line: This book is an excellent and comprehensive addition to any collection serving readers interested in learning more about the vampire in time, place, and society. Aficionados of vampires in popular culture will enjoy it.

-Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Revised, updated, and enlarged, this vast reference is an alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, many facets are uncovered—historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula and Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays, a vampire chronology, and 60 pages of vampire resources.

Complete with detailed illustrations and photographs, the third edition of this popular authority includes a wealth of current events, including the Twilight phenomenon; contemporary authors of vampire romance; the growth and development of genuine, self-identified vampire communities; and prominent TV shows from Buffy to True Blood.

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