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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Monster Book Paperback – August 1, 2000

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Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer watch the show for a number of reasons, one of which is certainly the various creatures that show up every week. Golden, the author of many other Buffy books, and his coauthors have compiled a guide to the monsters that have appeared on the show, from menacing demons, hellhounds, and the most prominent of the show's many vampires to friendly regulars who happen to be supernatural, such as the tortured vampire Angel (who now has his own show) and werewolf Oz. What makes the book unique is that it includes, in addition to interviews with the creator of the show and many of the writers, the history of demons, vampires, ghosts, and others in folklore, literature, television, movies, and pop culture. Fans will enjoy the details and behind-the-scenes info, while those looking to get into the series will find this a handy guide. Kristine Huntley
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About the Author

Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, Of Saints and Shadows, and the Body of Evidence thriller series. He has cowritten a number of novels and comic books set in the worlds of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. There are more than eight million copies of his books in print. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

Originally a comics writer, Tom Sniegoski grew a large fan base with his work on titles including Jeff Smith's bestselling BONE, Mike Mignola's HELLBOY, and the currently wildly popular GOON series.

His YA book series THE FALLEN for S&S was turned into a series of TV movies that have aired to strong ratings on the ABC Family Network. SLEEPER CODE AND SLEEPER AGENDA, a YA two-part story for Razorbill/Penguin, was an ALA *Top Ten* Quick Pick in 2006.

Tom lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts with his wife and their dog, Mulder.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671042599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671042592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Monster Book is a delightful reference guide filled with pictures and information. There are chapters on demons, vampires, magic users, primals, ghosts, the walking dead, bogy men, invisible people, Faith, and, perhaps the most frightening of all, the human monster. Segments from the scripts are used to illustrate the monster's powers and effect on the slayer and her friends.In addition to detailing every creature that has crawled across the television screen in the first four seasons of Buffy. It contains research into the orgins and folklore of monsters. This is a must for all Buffy fans and monster lovers everywhere.
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As soon as you see the cover art by Dave McKean you know "The Monster Book" is going to be good. As with "The Watcher's Guide," this "Official Guide" to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series is first rate in terms of both design and execution. The three authors of "The Monster Book" have pretty good credentials. Christopher Golden, one of the co-authors of "The Watcher's Guide" has written more Buffy novels and comics than anyone. Stephen R. Bissette, best known as the artist on Alan Moore's run of the "Swamp Thing" comic, is also a Bram Stoker award winning writer and pop-culture journalist. Thomas E. Sniegoski is the new kid on the block, but he is co-writing the Angel comic with Golden for Dark Horse Comics.
There are two important elements to this awesome reference work. First, you have your chapters on: Demons from Moloch the Corruptor to Polgara Demons; Vampires from Angel to Harmony Kendall; Magic Users from Willow Rosenberg to Tara; Primals from Oz the Werewolf to Veruca the Werewolf with the She-Mantis, Hyena and Fish People in between; Ghosts from Sid to Hus; Walking Dead from Daryl Epps to Adam; Bogeymen from the Ugly Man to the Gentlemen; Invisible People from Marcie Ross to Xander Harris; and last, but not least, Faith and the Human Monster, which effectively covers everyone and everything that has come into contact with the Slayer. Each chapter provides choice dialogue regarding each monster (sometimes lines omitted from the show, details their first appearances and other episodes in which they appeared, key relationships to other characters in the Buffy universe, unique attributes, "Most Monstrous Moment" and current status (not all of them are dead, you know).
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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Monster Book" is sort a kind of compendium of all the demons, vampires, and other creatures on the show, but is even more interesting than I expected. It includes a lot of information about the influences Joss Whedon and the other writers used to create the mythology of the show, and then goes into traditional myths about werewolves, vampires, ghosts, witches, demons, etc. All this is in addition to a page or two (at least) about each of the creatures which has played a role on the show. It includes everything from Ted the RoboStepfather to The Three. In addition, it explores the concepts of our main characters as, in a sense, monsters -- including the Slayers, Willow as a witch, Willow as a Vampire, Oz as a Werewolf, and so on. It has a whole section about Faith and the concept of a "human monster." It's really well written and well thought out and full of pictures. I only wish that somewhere, perhaps in the back of the book, there was an index of monsters and who played them (actors and/or stunt folks). I know the book is about the characters and not the actors, but it'd still be nice to give some credit to the people who portrayed these monsters.
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Christopher Golden once again displays encyclopedic knowledge of the Buffy Universe! This is a great book. It's divided into sections by type of monster and provides stats (including appearances on the show) for each monster.

While the above is a lot of fun, I think the book's real strength is the in-depth analysis of the monsters and their mythology. By interviewing the cast and crew to get their thoughts, the authors allow us to see even more of what makes the Buffyverse tick.

This is a must read for any serious Buffy-phile.
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What's most striking about this book is that it can easily be read by both watchers of 'Buffy' and those that don't. It contains a comprehensive list of all of the monsters, vampires, werewolves and ghouls that make up the series's first four seasons. There's a closer look at the make-up and preparation that goes into each monster, with a step-by-step process of how the Gentlemen from landmark episode 'The Hush' were created. Amazing as this is though, the real interesting feature of the book is the explanation of why some monsters were used, their meanings in the series and what the episodes' writers think of the monsters. For instance, there is a brief interview with Jane Espenson that really lays bare the meaning of the demon from 'Gingerbread'.
What makes the book so accessible is the way in which it charts demons, vampires, ghosts, werewolves and the like through folklore, legend, literature and film. This is particularly interesting because it explains exactly how 'Buffy' has expanded on what went before it and how it has shown innovation in the entire genre. Another impressive aspect is how all-inclusive this backlog of information is, ranging from Vlad the Impaler to 'Interview With The Vampire' and including modern classics such as the 'Harry Potter' series and hit movie 'The Others'. Finally, although this book wins on many levels the fact that it is just so comprehensive make it a must-have guide.
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