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Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil Paperback – September 1, 2010

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Maberry (Marvel Zombies Return) and thriller writer Bashman's closeup look at the inevitable battle between good and evil spans decades upon decades of rich monster history, beginning with the definition of evil itself. Illustrations and interviews with top publishing, film, and comic industry names, such as Stan Lee, Jason Aaron, John Carpenter, add depth and intellect to a gripping and informative work. Lists of top villains and horror genre movies serve as appendixes and added entertainment value. Encyclopedic chapter insets offer bits and pieces of information and history on subjects ranging from the "Necronomicon" (the Lovecraftian "ancient and evil book of sorcery") to ghosts and the definition of fear: "In modern speech the word ÿfear' refers to emotions; but in Old English ÿfaer' refers to the specific ÿperil or danger' and not the emotional reaction." With its presentation of the story of evil through straight history, factual tidbits, and pop culture, this book is the horror genre fan's best friend. No stone is left unturned in Maberry and Bashman's fantastic and inventive approach to the world's oldest war. 8 pages of color and 40 b&w images.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806528214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806528212
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Naida M. VINE VOICE on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE: Vampire Hunters And Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil is a type of reference guide for horror fans.
This book is full of interesting information about the paranormal, fictional as well as real life monsters, and folklore among other things. Artwork from various sources is included throughout the book.

One chapter I enjoyed in particular was 'Legendary Heroes'. They discuss several different heroes from the fictional ones, James Bond to Rocky Balboa to Indiana Jones, to real life heroes like Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks.

'We all love a good hero-a champion who triumphs over obstacles, who perseveres when hope seems lost, and who manages, somehow, to emerge a better person on the other end of the struggle.'
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Another interesting chapter was 'Who You Gonna Call?' which centered on ghosts and hauntings. Famous haunts such as the Bell Witch and Lizzie Borden's house are discussed as well as techniques and equipment used on ghost hunts.

There is a chapter devoted to demonic possession and exorcism and the different types of rituals different cultures and religions use to get rid of evil spirits. Another chapter discusses weapons used to fight evil, such as amulets and charms. There are a few chapters devoted to different kinds of vampires and vampire history as well as famous vamp slayers like Buffy and Van Helsing.
One chapter is about serial killers and how they are evil real life monsters. I was kind of reading this chapter with just one eye open since I was a bit squeamish about the topic. But the serial killer issue is one that is morbidly fascinating and I couldn't help but read on. They do list different serial killers and their crimes, and I was surprised to see some date back to as early as the 1700's.
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Wanted Undead or Alive was hilarious and so much fun- definitely taught me some great facts about the supernatural! This would be a brilliant piece for any horror or supernatural author to keep on hand... if anything just for the amazing ideas.

I must say that I favored the part where the authors get into describing how to bury those you don't want coming back after you... if all else fails, bury them with their shoes on the wrong feet so that when they rise, they're confused and fall. Totally gave me the giggles.This is like a textbook on kicking evil's ass- complete with pictures. They cover every angle of evil and the heroes that conquer it.

The only thing that disappointed me about this book was that the evolution of our modern monsters was only lightly touched upon, I had dove into this book anticipating something more of that sort. Regardless, I loved this book and highly recommend it.
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Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry along with International Thriller Writer member Janice Gable Basham have joined forces to create WANTED: UNDEAD OR ALIVE, a book which focuses on the endless struggle between good and evil. Concentrating on both the mythical evil of vampires and werewolves and those who hunt them to the real evil of serial killers and their nemeses, FBI profilers, this book is a fascinating mixture of everything from superheroes to pulp horror to current day ghostbusters.

With chapter titles ranging from "It Didn't Start with Van Helsing" (covering vampire legends prior to Bram Stoker's famous creation) and "Who You Gonna Call?" (the ghost-hunting trade) to "The Roots of Good and Evil" (a brief overview of the nature of good and evil and why we are so fascinated by it) and "Spandex to the Rescue"(comic book heroes and villains), Maberry and Basham have managed to cover nearly ever "monster" of legend as well as the heroes (or superheroes) who try and defeat them.

And every chapter has commentary from such luminaries as director John Carpenter, actor Doug Jones, author Peter Straub and the legendary Stan Lee. The chapter covering "Real Evil" was particularly chilling with its Serial Killer Hall of Fame. There are also chapters covering "Skin Art" (former "Rue Morgue" editor-in-chief Jovanka Vuckovic's tattoos are prominently covered here), role-playing games, horror games that became films such as "Resident Evil" series, the "Bloodrayne" series and "Silent Hill". There are even appendices covering the Top 100 Villains of All Time (care to guess who is Number One), Spirit Superstitions and the Top 40 Genre Movies of All Time (with categories of Top Ten Vampire, Werewolf, Demon and Ghost Films).
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This book is a humorous, informative, philosophical and often thought provoking treatsy on mankind's most basic conflict-- good versus evil. On the way, it will take you everywhere from our imaginary baddies like vampires, ghosts, zombies and demons to real life boogeymen like serial killers, terrorists, and rapists-- personifications and embodiments of that struggle. Maberry and Bashman's writing style is so fluid and plain-spoken that you'll hardly notice the sheer volume of information contained in this volume. As a writer who specializes in the imaginary evil side of this conflict, this book has proved invaluable in my own research but you don't have to be a writer to appreciate it. This book is fun, dark, and one helluva ride. Absolutly worth the price of admission.

Jamie Wasserman, author of Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story
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