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Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying TRUTH! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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"4.5 ALIEN SKULLS OUT OF 5. Delivers on all levels...[E.H.] would make a great spooky holiday present." -- Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest

"GRADE: A. A handsome hardcover volume with a lenticular frontispiece...A must-have for your reference shelf." -- The-Trades.com

"A fun blend of fact and fiction (with many comparisons between the two), this gorgeous hardcover won't disappoint." -- Rue Morgue Magazine

"Aimed at kids and teens, [E.H.] is also nice reading for the not-so-adult grown-ups. . . . Tons of references and links for each one of us to further investigate the unknown." -- Razor Reel

*** A YALSA Quick Pick *** -- *** Nominated for the BRAM STOKER AWARD for "SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION" ***

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JOSHUA GEE is most frequently sighted in New York City, according to eyewitnesses. Encyclopedia Horrifica is widely believed to be his first book.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439922550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439922555
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA is the perfect book for anyone who loves the spooky, the eerie, and the downright weird. Want to know about ghosts, vampires, ESP, werewolves, or anything else even partially paranormal? Then this is definitely the book for you!

The book is broken down into four main parts: Real Nightmares, "That's the Spirit!", Every Day is Halloween, and Fearsome Fates.

In part one, you can read about vampires, sea creatures, aliens, and werewolves. Part two covers ghosts: where to find them, how to catch them, when they've been caught on film, and animals who could have been extras on the movie Pet Sematary. Part three includes weird shops (where you can even buy a three-pound jar of dead flies), ESP and other psychic abilities, phobias and superstitions, and the most horrific books you could ever find on a bookshelf. Part four covers zombies, pixies and faeries, mummies, and everything death related.

This book is hilariously horrifying. Although that may sound like an oxymoron, author Joshua Gee has made sure to make the facts he covers interesting, funny, and entertaining. Besides being a reference book, this is one tome that you'll find yourself reading over and over again for its pure entertainment value.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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This is a surprisingly good book. I ordered it out of my niece's school's book order for a laugh, then started reading it and was enthralled! It has a Guinness Book of World Records feel to it, including a ton of information pertaining to each subject and interesting facts about everything surrounding the subjects. This book has cool pictures and illustrations, is easy to read and jam-packed with information on the superstitions and lore that have been part of our culture since the dawn of time. One of the cool things is that the book doesn't claim these figments of lore are real, per se, but rather, provides one with the facts and stories related to the topic so that one can make their own decision, or just be entertained and become more informed. I would definately recommend this as a cool book to own if you have any interest in the supernatural and cultural history :)
Schematics: cool holographic cover, thick book
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In spite of the `horrifica' in the title, this author's tongue was tucked firmly into his own cheek during the compilation of this witty encyclopedia. Joshua Gee never comes right out and says, for example, that vampires really exist. Instead he leads his reader on with teasers such as, "If we could ask Stoker himself whether or not he believed in vampires and werewolves, what might he say? Well, hopefully nothing. After all, he's been dead since 1912!"

Mindful of the age of its intended readers, this encyclopedia doesn't go into too much shocking detail. For instance, it never does state what Vlad Dracula a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler did with all of those six-foot wooden stakes. Mr. Gee just drops a big hint: "It [impalement] is best described in a foreign language that the reader does not understand..."

Nevertheless, there are lots of interesting bits of folklore and science to entertain your young Buffys and Van Helsings. For instance, did you know that vampire slayers had to ride a horse "...as black as the blackest ocean" or that vampire bat spit contains a substance called `draculin' that prevents its victim's blood from clotting?

Although this is a standard, hard-bound book with multiple pictures (in gory color) per page, there are lots of interactive features to engage the computer-savvy reader, such as a quiz on the `real' versus movie Dracula: "Who would win in a furious fight to the (un)death? YOU decide."

I'll go with the real Dracula whose "victims accumulated on his front lawn like `a mighty forest'!"

"Encyclopedia Horrifica" has something for everyone who is interested in the supernatural, from aliens to zombies. It's not really arranged in an encyclopedic format, i.e.
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The cover of this great book will attract you to pick it up, the content inside will make you buy it. The cover which is actually referred to inside the book so obviously must be on all published editions has a fanged skull with a spider in its eye socket in the traditional skull mouth closed pose. When you open the cover to begin reading the skull opens it mouth terrifying the spider which flees its shelter. Gimmick covers often mean average content with the gimmicky cover needed to sell the average work, not so with Encyclopedia Horrifica where the content is also very good.

Inside the reader will learn the differences between many a Hollywood or fiction novel version of a creature, myth or tale and the original historic creation. Topics covered include vampires, zombies, ghosts, aliens, sea monsters, witches and psychics. The information is laid out in an entertaining and easy to read format complete with colour photos on every page. There are also quizzes and other interactive features of the book to further grip the reader.

A very good book. If you want other good entertaining and educational books covering these topics also check out Creepy Stuff, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Encyclopedia of the Bizarre (Ripley's Believe It or Not!) and the brilliant Informania: Vampires or Spine-Tingling Tales (Info Adventure).
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