The Vampire Book
The Encyclopedia of the UndeadBook - 2011
Explores the myth, lore, and representation in popular culture of vampires and vampire legends from around the globe.
Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal.The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Third edition, explores the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead.
In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Vlad the Impaler to Dracula and from modern literature to movies and TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 400 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.
In this encyclopedia, Melton (religious studies, U. College, Santa Barbara) offers about 500 essays on topics related to historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of vampires that range from popular subjects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the scholarly, such as the Journal of Vampirology. The essays explore folklore and literature, organizations, movies, TV shows, websites, fanzines, people, places, related non-vampire entities in other cultures, and the social function of vampires. This edition has been updated to include the subject's recent surge in popularity, including the Buffy phenomenon, the Twilight saga, romance novels, the vampire on television, vampire-related paraphernalia, new authors like Steve Niles and Charlaine Harris, new movies like Van Helsing and Underworld, and other topics. Other entries have been updated and outdated ones have been dropped. Distributed by Independent Publishers Group. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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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.