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The Vampire Encyclopedia Hardcover – August 1, 2000

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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.

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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!
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy; 3rd Printing edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517162067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517162064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I love vampires and purchased this for my grandson who had an assignment for school. He finished it which says it must have been pretty good and unfortunately, I did not read it but have it on my list to do.
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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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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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