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The Encyclopedia of Hell Paperback – November 30, 1999
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“Miriam Van Scott outpaces Dante...a Thomas Guide to the Dark Side.” ―Detour magazine
“With entries ranging from Dante's Inferno to the 1994 noir film Dark Angel: The Ascent, Van Scot's hellacious handbook entertains as it guides readers through a cultural history of Hell.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Fascinating reading...Van Scott's fine research and treatment of the material enables the reader to grasp specific points with great depth. All libraries will do well to add such a contemporary title.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
Miriam Van Scott lives with her family in Manassas, Virginia. She is the author of Encyclopedia of Heaven (St. Martin's Press, 1999).
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Top Customer Reviews
Unless your primary interest is pop-culture versions of Hell in the late 20th century, and you don't mind getting less useful information than you could find on Google in about thirty seconds, pass on this book.
The book is not without its faults, mainly entries on movies about Hell and other useless stuff of a similar variety. However I gave it 5 stars because for my purposes it was perfect. It gave me insight into the views on Hell from many different cultural perspectives. It gave me their beliefs and their specific demons and entities. It was interesting to see the parallels that existed between cultures that were so far apart they wouldn't even know the other existed.
If you are looking for a narrative with dialog then you shouldn't be buying a book with "Encyclopedia" in the title. If you're looking for something like I've described above then this should be perfect for you like it was for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was ok but they is writing in it was I didn't know about, I wish it was said.Published 9 months ago by Paradyn
I was actually about to write a review saying pretty much everything Desertknight did. This book focuses way too much on pop culture, paintings, poems and detailed plotlines of... Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Matthew T. Harrison
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Miriam Van Scott's Encyclopedia of Hell is a mildly entertaining book. It is an assortment of everything hellish, or demonic. Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by martins4unc
If you are looking for serious and scholarly documentation regarding hell, this isn't the book for you. With that being said... Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by papi
This is an interesting accumulation of anything and everything related to Hell. The book is media based, but I found it informative and not dense, making it easier to get through. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by ace717
I feel like the view of Miriam van Scott's book is too condemning of most thing. She places in Hell Hollywood movies which we all know are works of fiction. Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by Francine Price