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The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters Paperback – October, 2004

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In this thorough compendium, Guiley presents tales and beliefs from all over the world and from times ranging from far in the past to the present day. The author of numerous similar reference works (The Complete Vampire Companion, etc.) and an honorary life member of the Ghost Club of London, Guiley is an expert in this field and, from this book, it seems that no appearance of the supernatural, however brief, in folklore or pop culture has escaped her notice. Vampire books, films and TV series (such as Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, the original 1931 Dracula and the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows) receive extensive entries, and even the writers and actors are discussed at length. One can read about the "vegetable vampires" of gypsy lore (pumpkins and watermelons that go bad and begin "shaking and noisily disturbing people and animals") and about the huli jing, a Chinese fairy that "seduces victims and sucks off the victims’ life force during orgasm." Vampires dominate, but legends like that of the Slavic vlokolak, or werewolf, and the Shetland wulver, another type of dog-man, also appear. Guiley is deadly serious about her subject, treating legends and modern parodies of vampire movies, such as Blacula and Count Yorga, with the same academic intensity that permeates university courses on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Short citations for further reading follow many entries, and the volume is extensively cross-referenced. Members of the Vampire Empire club, founded by Jeanne Keyes Youngson, who provided the foreword for this book, or anyone else obsessed with the literally bloodthirsty will find this a fascinating reference. 102 b&w photos and illustrations.
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More than 600 fascinating and sometimes macabre entries, arranged alphabetically and varying in length from a paragraph to several pages, provide definitions, explanations, and lists of references for Dogmen, mullos, skinwalkwers, and other scary creatures of the night. Author Guiley has researched and written numerous books on angels, saints, tarot, and the occult. This study has a balanced perspective, and sample entries include the familiar, like Dark Shadows (mistakenly described in the text as running from 1996 to 1971), Evil eye, Christopher Lee, and Ann Rice, as well as the more obscure, for example Kitsune, Spaulding family vampires, and wamphyri. Cross-references aid navigation, and many entries have short lists of further reading suggestions. More than 100 pictures and illustrations highlight and add interest to the entries. A short bibliography and an index conclude the work.

From ancient customs to famous cases of beasts and vampires in popular culture, this interesting reference focuses on folklore, historical cases, cross-cultural mythology, and the presence of these creatures in the arts and entertainment fields. Covering Japanese, Mexican, Gypsy, and Bosnian variations, among others, the diversity of cultures represented is eye-opening, and similarities are amazing. General reference collections, especially those getting popular-culture questions, will want to add this volume. Susan Awe
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816046859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816046850
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Feldes on January 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
For me, this encyclopedia has a misleading title in that most of the entries deal with vampires or vampire-like creatures. There is some material on werewolves & other shapeshifters and skinwalkers, but I found myself wondering where those 'Other Monsters' were. The author dedicated several pages to the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' television series and the author Anne Rice while only giving a nod to classics such as 'Carmilla' and not even a mention of the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' - and the only mention of Dr. Frankenstein or his monster is an entry for 'Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman'. There are also entries for Dion Fortune and Aleister Crowley - people who may have been involved in the occult but who were hardly monsters. Noticeably absent, especially in the presence of vampire and monster -portraying actors, is Vincent Price. Overall, I can only recommend this book in good conscience if you're a vampire fan. Otherwise, it will only disappoint.
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The book has a smaller section on werewolves that I would have hoped. Its pretty straight forward with little skims of information, I find it helpful as a writer but for someone who just wants a book with better general information there is more out there.
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Dr. Rosemary Guiley's encyclopedias of the paranormal, supernatural, magical and otherworldly realms are a treat to read as they are filled with lots of information based on meticulous research. I have several of her encyclopedias and find them informative and illuminating. This title compiles information on vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. The entries are arranged alphabetically, and there are many photographs and sketches included (all in B&W). The book itself is in an over-sized paperback format and the paper is of good quality for a paperback which I assume will hold up with frequent use (though I would have preferred a hardcover format with photographs and illustrations in a combination of color and B&W to enhance the reading experience).

Though this encyclopedia covers vampires, werewolves, and other monsters, the entries on vampires are the most detailed. The author does a credible job of covering the various forms of vampirism, the types of vampires, the mythology of vampires and vampirism in various cultures, and the portrayal of vampires in popular culture, for example in iconic shows such as Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Collector's Set (40 discs), movies featuring vampires such as Dracula (75th Anniversary Edition) (Universal Legacy Series), the legendary actors who have portrayed the Count, and many more.
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It's bad.

By far the largest articles are related to pop culture subjects; film, television series and obscure fiction novels you've never heard of are the meat of this book. Buffy the Vampire Slayer takes up nine pages while the Filipino folk monster the manananggal gets two short, inaccurate paragraphs that confuse it with the Malaysian penanggalan.

Poor research, poor insight, limited and unreliable sources of citation. Information is repeated often (eg the same stuff will come up on the articles for Bram Stoker/Dracula (novel)/Dracula (character)/Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992 film). Unnecessarily large print pictures. Articles rely on a fatuous belief in the occult to bring up the word count (Aleister Crowley's article was laughable).

You're far better off using wikipedia.
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A must for every magical library! This is a pretty good source book for the creatures listed. I've used it on several occasions for papers. It's just the right size. Of course it doesn't contain every bit of information on the subject out there, but it's an overall well rounded encyclopedia that does have a large portion of popular common knowledge and more obscure information. The binding is great so the spine doesn't split when you open it. The format is nice and easy to follow and the entries are detailed. I would recommend as a good encyclopedia covering the topic of monsters.
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this is a great book. however the kindle price is horrible. when i bought my hardcopy paperback edition i only paid fifteen maybe twenty dollars and that was for a brend new copy. at borders . around 2007 march. i will not purchase the kindle edition however until the price drops to 15 to 20 dollars. thats its fair market value. again this is a great book bad price for kindle version. i hope the publisher and author reads this soon.
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For anyone truly interested in Vampire and werewolf lore, this book includes stories and examples from various cultures as well as more modern examples from movies and novels. Its an interesting read, giving many short stories that illustrate the vampire and wolf lore from all around the world and through out history. It gives a great starting point for anyone researching the subject. It has complete notes citing original sources.
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