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  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co. (15 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786463600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786463602
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,113,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theresa Bane, a professional vampirologist, has appeared on the Discovery Channel's 'Twisted Histories: Vampires' and E!'s '10 Sexiest Vampires.' She is also the author of other books on unusual phenomena and lives in Asheboro, North Carolina.

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A thorough source of all the different supernatural or demonic beings from different religions and myths all over the world. It states sources for every entry which I like. I use it for cross-referencing for my leisure writing. Very handy to have it available on the kindle as an idea can hit me just about anywhere and anytime.
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A Handy Resource 23 Jan. 2013
By FWM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great reference for those interested in such things. Just thenother day I was reading a novel and came across a name that I was able to look up and get satisfactory information about. There are two things in particular I like about this book -- the straightforward writing and the sources added to each entry. There's also a lengthy bibliography, which I always enjoy. One criticism, however, is that this reads more like a dictionary than an encyclopedia. The author was deliberately brief in order to cover a large number of entries, so each entry is concise and introductory. Still, this will be a useful addition to my reference materials. Just remember, though, that this book is a first stop in research, not the last.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Demonic Compendium 25 Sept. 2012
By Jasmine White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of my primary questions going into this book was, "What exactly is a demon?"

Bane's definition of demon appears to be "anything anyone has ever called a demon". Fallen angels, pagan gods, Japanese youkai, goetic demons and various mythological figures all make appearances. The Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and cultures has thousands of entries that span several different cultures.

Entries include the name (and variations) of the demon and some mention of where it comes from (its culture, religion, grimoire, et cetera). Where possible, physical descriptions of the demon, and information on its behavior are also included. Some demons, especially those from goetic grimoires, also have information on what they might be summoned for or how they interact with people. Unfortunately, there are no pictures or illustrations.

Each entry is individually sourced (often including the relevant page numbers), which I really liked. I'm not very familiar with demons and demonology, and so I can't say with any authority how accurate these entries are. I can, however, check the sources given, both in the entries and in the extensive bibliography.

I wouldn't suggest this book as the only reference one would need (I'd be hesitant to suggest any single book for that), but I do think it's a good place to start. It's very helpful if you need to get a brief overview of a demon, and an idea of where to look for further research.

Note: I received a free copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. This has no bearing on the content of my review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great writing source. 12 May 2014
By Abby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I write mythology based speculative fiction. This book is one of the best sources for bad guys I have found.
Its price is way too high... 11 Jun. 2015
By Jose M. Otero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is just a "little biography" of each name, believed to be of the "devil's & company"; also, extremely expensive for what it contains.
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