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The Vampire Book  :  The Encyclopedia of the Undead - 3rd Edition - J. Gordon Melton

The Vampire Book

The Encyclopedia of the Undead - 3rd Edition

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Published: 1st September 2010
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Revised, updated, and enlarged, this vast reference is an alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, many facets are uncovered - historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula and Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays, a vampire chronology, and 60 pages of vampire resources. Complete with detailed illustrations and photographs, the third edition of this popular authority includes a wealth of current events, including the Twilight phenomenon; contemporary authors of vampire romance; the growth and development of genuine, self- identified vampire communities; and, prominent TV shows from Buffy to True Blood.

Revised, updated, and enlarged, this vast reference is an alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, many facets are uncovered—historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula and Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays, a vampire chronology, and 60 pages of vampire resources. Complete with detailed illustrations and photographs, the third edition of this popular authority includes a wealth of current events, including the Twilight phenomenon; contemporary authors of vampire romance; the growth and development of genuine, self-identified vampire communities; and prominent TV shows from Buffy to True Blood.

About The Author

J. Gordon Melton, PhD, is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religions and a research specialist with the department of religious studies at University College–Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than 25 books, including The Church of Scientology, The Cult Experience, The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena, and Nelson’s Guide to Denomination. He lives in Goleta, California.

"An excellent and comprehensive addition to any collection serving readers interested in learning more about the vampire in time, place, and society. Aficionados of vampires in popular culture will enjoy it." "--Library Journal" "An excellent reference. This remarkable amalgam of the popular and the scholarly is highly recommended." --"Choice" "This impressive compendium is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in researching vampires or vampirism." --"Journal of American Folklore" "A significant expansion of the second edition published in 1999, with updated information on vampires in books, movies, television, and popular culture." "--College & Research Libraries News" "A comprehensive survey of all things vampiric, this massive volume belongs on the shelf of every Goth you know, including fans of "Bitten, ""Buffy", "True Blood", "Twilight", Ann Rice's Lestat books, and Dracula himself." "--Toronto Globe and Mail" "The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African Vampires to Yama, the God of Death." --"Chicago Tribune" "Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions . . . . Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end." --Alternate Perceptions "The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive. Readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensable." --"Publishers Weekly "(February 28, 2011) "This wide-ranging resource includes entries relating to [vampire] lore from around the globe. The book features more than 500 clear and succinct articles. Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available." --"Library Journal" (April 1, 2011) "The best assembled and most complete compendium of all things vampire. Author J. Gordon Melton's impressive resume lends credence to a tome of vampires that is both scholarly and exciting." --"FATE Magazine "(December 1, 2010) -If it's vampire-related, it's in here. Top Paranormal Books of 2010--- About.com -Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions, recounting more documented tales of frightening eyewitness being encounters that covers the gamut of such dark mysteries, from your more mundane cryptozoological Bigfoot fanfare to supernatural beasties like the Little People or the Shadow People, with every shade and variety of non-people in between. Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end.--- Alternate Perceptions magazine -Written by religious scholar and fearless vampire authority Melton, this updated edition is a thorough guide for all things relating to vampires. Sure to be popular with readers whose interest in vampires has been sparked by the current trend.--- Booklist -Without doubt, the vampire myth inspires continued fascination and is currently all the rage with television programs and films devoted to the topic. The new edition is completely update and no doubt is the most comprehensive collection of vampire lore available.--- Bookviews -The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African Vampires to Yama, the God of Death.--- Chicago Tribune -An excellent reference. This remarkable amalgam of the popular and the scholarly is highly recommended.--- Choice -...a significant expansion of the second edition published in 1999, with updated information on vampires in books, movies, television, and popular culture.--- College & Research Libraries News -The best assembled and most complete compendium of all things vampire. Author J. Gordon Melton's impressive resume lends credence to a tome of vampires that is both scholarly and exciting.--- Fate magazine -Anything and everything you ever wanted or needed to know about vampires is found within this massive 900-page reference. The mere writing of such a massive undertaking as this book would be a seemingly impossible task, but the author pulls it off nicely ... I highly recommend this book.--- Horror Classics Book Review -The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead is one of the most valuable books I use in the prep work I do. I use this encyclopedia as a survey book to guide me to other sources because it's the most definitive and broad reference-- and certainly the most up to date-- that I know of.--- Jason Henderson, author of Alex Van Helsing series -This impressive compendium is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in researching vampires or vampirism.--- Journal of American Folklore -...the most inclusive, up to date, and thorough resource book for both academians and fans.--- Lexington Vampire Examiner -This wide-ranging resource includes entries relating to [vampire] lore from around the globe. The book features more than 500 clear and succinct articles. Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available.--- Library Journal -The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive. Readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensable.--- Publishers Weekly -Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available for general collections. But note: readers should be on spoiler alert when perusing book and film entries.--- School Library Journal -The Vampire Book by J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D. This uber-comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Undead will surely make your vampire fan show her fangs with happiness.--- The Bookworm Sez -A comprehensive survey of all things vampiric, this massive volume belongs on the shelf of every Goth you know, including fans of Bitten, Buffy, True Blood, Twilight, Ann Rice's Lestat books and Dracula himself.--- The Toronto Globe and Mail "If it's vampire-related, it's in here. Top Paranormal Books of 2010"-- About.com "Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions, recounting more documented tales of frightening eyewitness being encounters that covers the gamut of such dark mysteries, from your more mundane cryptozoological Bigfoot fanfare to supernatural beasties like the Little People or the Shadow People, with every shade and variety of non-people in between. Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end."-- Alternate Perceptions magazine "Written by religious scholar and fearless vampire authority Melton, this updated edition is a thorough guide for all things relating to vampires. Sure to be popular with readers whose interest in vampires has been sparked by the current trend."-- Booklist "Without doubt, the vampire myth inspires continued fascination and is currently all the rage with television programs and films devoted to the topic. The new edition is completely update and no doubt is the most comprehensive collection of vampire lore available."-- Bookviews "The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African Vampires to Yama, the God of Death."-- Chicago Tribune "An excellent reference. This remarkable amalgam of the popular and the scholarly is highly recommended."-- Choice ..".a significant expansion of the second edition published in 1999, with updated information on vampires in books, movies, television, and popular culture."-- College & Research Libraries News "The best assembled and most complete compendium of all things vampire. Author J. Gordon Melton's impressive resume lends credence to a tome of vampires that is both scholarly and exciting."-- Fate magazine "Anything and everything you ever wanted or needed to know about vampires is found within this massive 900-page reference. The mere writing of such a massive undertaking as this book would be a seemingly impossible task, but the author pulls it off nicely ... I highly recommend this book."-- Horror Classics Book Review "The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead is one of the most valuable books I use in the prep work I do. I use this encyclopedia as a survey book to guide me to other sources because it's the most definitive and broad reference-- and certainly the most up to date-- that I know of."-- Jason Henderson, author of Alex Van Helsing series "This impressive compendium is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in researching vampires or vampirism."-- Journal of American Folklore ..".the most inclusive, up to date, and thorough resource book for both academians and fans."-- Lexington Vampire Examiner "This wide-ranging resource includes entries relating to [vampire] lore from around the globe. The book features more than 500 clear and succinct articles. Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available."-- Library Journal "The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive. Readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensable."-- Publishers Weekly "Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available for general collections. But note: readers should be on spoiler alert when perusing book and film entries."-- School Library Journal "The Vampire Book by J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D. This uber-comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Undead will surely make your vampire fan show her fangs with happiness."-- The Bookworm Sez "A comprehensive survey of all things vampiric, this massive volume belongs on the shelf of every Goth you know, including fans of Bitten, Buffy, True Blood, Twilight, Ann Rice's Lestat books and Dracula himself."-- The Toronto Globe and Mail "Written by religious scholar and fearless vampire authority Melton, this updated edition is a thorough guide for all things relating to vampires. Sure to be popular with readers whose interest in vampires has been sparked by the current trend." "--Booklist"

ISBN: 9781578592814
ISBN-10: 157859281X
Series: VISIBLE INK
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 910
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Visible Ink Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.0  x 4.85
Weight (kg): 1.48
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised