The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1578592814
ISBN-10: 157859281X
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From Publishers Weekly

The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive, covering vampire esoterica, vampire novelists, historical figures like Vlad the Impaler, and much more, and featuring an extra decade of vampire knowledge that allows Melton to incorporate the Twilight phenomenon and acknowledge the cultural importance of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other developments in the bloody field. Melton's (The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomenon) research is meticulous and readers with even a passing interest in vampires will be amazed by the staggering wealth of information presented. However, Melton's volume is redundant in the extreme and some of what he includes (such as entries like the London of Dracula's Time) are only tenuously related to vampires. At times, it's difficult to tell if Melton has an extremely dry sense of humor or none at all, since his entries are so obsessively single-minded. Ultimately, readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensible, but more casual enthusiasts will likely be overwhelmed.
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From Booklist

Written by religious scholar and fearless vampire authority Melton, this updated edition is a thorough guide for all things relating to vampires. The previous edition was published in 1998, and as Melton notes in his introduction, there has been a “radical increase in vampires’ presence in popular culture in the last decade.” More than 400 A–Z entries cover both the popular and the more scholarly aspects of vampirism. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Shadows, and the Twilight novels have entries, as do vampire legends in many countries of the world, vampires in music and poetry, and Psychological perspectives on vampire mythology. Additionally, there are entries for Blood, Fangs, Destroying the vampire, Homosexuality and the vampire, and various other topics. Other features of the volume include a vampire chronology and a detailed index. Sure to be popular with readers whose interest in vampires has been sparked by the current trend. --Susan Awe

Product details

  • Item Weight : 3.31 pounds
  • Paperback : 944 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 157859281X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1578592814
  • Product Dimensions : 7.1 x 1.91 x 9.26 inches
  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press; 3rd Edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 59 ratings
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