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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy; 2nd edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517162067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517162064
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

YA-This reference source, which includes all one ever wanted to know about the undead, is a real find for devotees of the horror genre as well as readers enticed by the 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula and current novels by Anne Rice and others. The alphabetic entries, which vary in length, relate to vampires in film, literature, folklore, poetry, art, medicine, religion, and comedy. The encyclopedia includes four appendixes: short stories, novels, a suggested reading list, and vampire societies and organizations with addresses and membership fees. All of this plus black-and-white photos from memorable movies and sets make for fascinating research and browsing.
Carol Clark, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

With over 2,000 entries in A-to-Z format, THE VAMPIRE ENCYCLOPEDIA is a one-stop reference for everything and anything to do with vampires, from books and films to the history of the vampire legend and ways to RESIST THESE IRRESISTIBLE CREATURES. The vampire is alive and flourishing in books, hit television shows, clubs, even comic books?there's no end in sight for the immortal ones!

More About the Author

For the last twenty years, Dr. Matthew E. Bunson has been active in the area of Catholic Social Communications, including writing, editing and lecturing on a variety of topics related to Church history, the papacy and Catholic culture.

Senior Correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he is the author or co-author of over forty-five books including: The Pope Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Catholic History, The Encyclopedia of Saints, John Paul II's Book of Saints, Papal Wisdom and The Angelic Doctor, The Life and World of St. Thomas Aquinas.

In 2005, he authored the first biography of Pope Benedict XVI in the English language. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Encyclopedia of the U.S. Catholic History. Since 1997, he has served as general editor of Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac. In addition, he has been editor of The Catholic Answer Magazine since 2010 and is a professor of History and Church History for the Catholic Distance University in Virginia.

During the 2005 papal interregnum and conclave, Bunson served as a special consultant to USA Today and has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, EWTN, France 24, and Relevant Radio. Aside from his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Bunson holds a Bachelor's degree in History, and two Master's degrees in Theology. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies for a Ph.D. in Church History.

Customer Reviews

I fell in love with it after actually referencing it in a game, read it cover to cover.
ALittleWonderWoman
A good overall resource for vampire information, The Vampire Encyclopedia has some good tidbits that are hard to come by anywhere else.
Kat Brooks
I have another book by Matthew Bunson, Angels A-Z, so he was the logical choice for my vampire encyclopedia.
Lisa-Britt Lindvald

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AmazingMrKimble on November 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
I do not really have any major complaints about "The Vampire Encyclopedia," I just think "The Vampire Book" is a better reference work on the undead. There are large areas of overlap, obviously, but if you have room on your shelf for more than one such book, by all means, this is a strong second choice. Actually, there is much more of a gap from this book to the rest of what's out there than there is from this to Melton's tome.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By grey1066 on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book does provide an interesting and eclectic collection of vampire facts. However, Bunson's lack of documentation limits its usefullness. When one comes across a rare and interesting fact, it's impossible to trace where it came from.
All in all, it's a good reference for the light enthusiast, but not great for actual resarch. Check out Melton's the Vampire Book for a well documented study.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have for Vampire fans, be they cultural, literary, historical, or film vampires. This book isn't a one stop book on vampire, but it's a good reference. It covers different kind of vampires in different culture, historical vampires, literary vampires (up to 1993), and vampires on film. This book doesn't even need to be for reference, I read it cover to cover.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Dawson VINE VOICE on June 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a "cliff notes" version of the vampire myth, then this is a pretty simple, easy to use book. For those just developing an interest in vampire legend and lore, it will offer a very general overview of the nature of the vampire legacy. However, true students of vampirism will quickly bore of this book, as it doesn't really offer anything new or groundbreaking. In fact, with a careful Google search, you can probably find the same info for free on the internet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
What a book! If you are researching (or just want to know about) vampires, THIS is a MUST read! Some vampires hunt during broad daylight. Watermelons can actually become vampiric -- don't worry, they only roll around & drip blood (no teeth!) It is all there in the book. I am a screenwriter & needed to do serious research for several scripts. Mr. Bunson opened up so many options for me just by describing and defining vampires from every part of the world you can imagine. This book is a must have. After I returned it to the library, I went out & bought it so I could continuously refer to it. Forgive me for rambling but this book is that exciting! GET THIS BOOK!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By e.a. nowakattack on September 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book from cover to cover, and while it does give a brief explanation of quite a few things vampire related, it is far from complete. This is a bore to read through although it is a somewhat handy vampire reference guide. If you are looking for minimal detail This would be the guide for you.

If you are looking for something more in depth, I would suggest the Vampire Book. It has many more entries and although it is quite thick, is very enjoyable to read. Not to mention it has more knowledge about vampires than you could ever ask for [in one place].
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Bunson has compiled an absolute must read for any reader or author of vampire literature. Complete, concise, and educational beyond belief.
If it relates to the vampire, you will find it in the pages of this book, everything from the familiar to the obscure. Never knew butterflies were associated with death and vampires until Mr. Bunson's book came along!
An altogether excellent job of research!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kat Brooks on August 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A good overall resource for vampire information, The Vampire Encyclopedia has some good tidbits that are hard to come by anywhere else. However, Bunson does not cite any specific sources for his facts, which make them hard to confirm and even harder to research more on the subject. The Vampire Encyclopedia is best used as a bedside reference rather than a source or starting point for research.
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