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The Encyclopedia Of Vampires, Werewolves, And Other Monsters [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Guiley , Jeanne Keyes Youngson
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Monsters and shape-shifters have always held a special fascination in mythologies, legends, and folklore the world over. These beings are part human but under certain conditions transform into formidable creatures that prey upon humans and animals. Interest in these creatures, vampires among them, remains continually strong, as illustrated by the success of numerous movies and books featuring them. From ancient customs to famous cases of beasts and vampires and their reflections in popular culture, 600 thrilling entries provide definitions, explanations, and lists of suggested further reading. This exciting resource focuses on cross-cultural mythology, folklore, historical cases, and the presence of these creatures in arts, entertainment, and pop culture. The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters is a fascinating historical journey through the macabre, led by an author with great expertise in the field.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9551 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (30 Sept. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M1NQ44
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for both study and liesure 28 May 2014
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I bought this book to help with my dissertation - the information in it was exactly what I needed. Very interesting to read too, clear and well presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars What Other Monsters? 11 Jan. 2006
By J. Feldes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For me, this encyclopedia has a misleading title in that most of the entries deal with vampires or vampire-like creatures. There is some material on werewolves & other shapeshifters and skinwalkers, but I found myself wondering where those 'Other Monsters' were. The author dedicated several pages to the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' television series and the author Anne Rice while only giving a nod to classics such as 'Carmilla' and not even a mention of the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' - and the only mention of Dr. Frankenstein or his monster is an entry for 'Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman'. There are also entries for Dion Fortune and Aleister Crowley - people who may have been involved in the occult but who were hardly monsters. Noticeably absent, especially in the presence of vampire and monster -portraying actors, is Vincent Price. Overall, I can only recommend this book in good conscience if you're a vampire fan. Otherwise, it will only disappoint.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not dissapointed, but not thrilled either. 29 May 2008
By B. Mariani - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has a smaller section on werewolves that I would have hoped. Its pretty straight forward with little skims of information, I find it helpful as a writer but for someone who just wants a book with better general information there is more out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-organized and well-researched but not exhaustive 11 Aug. 2010
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Rosemary Guiley's encyclopedias of the paranormal, supernatural, magical and otherworldly realms are a treat to read as they are filled with lots of information based on meticulous research. I have several of her encyclopedias and find them informative and illuminating. This title compiles information on vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. The entries are arranged alphabetically, and there are many photographs and sketches included (all in B&W). The book itself is in an over-sized paperback format and the paper is of good quality for a paperback which I assume will hold up with frequent use (though I would have preferred a hardcover format with photographs and illustrations in a combination of color and B&W to enhance the reading experience).

Though this encyclopedia covers vampires, werewolves, and other monsters, the entries on vampires are the most detailed. The author does a credible job of covering the various forms of vampirism, the types of vampires, the mythology of vampires and vampirism in various cultures, and the portrayal of vampires in popular culture, for example in iconic shows such as Dark Shadows DVD Collection 1, Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Collector's Set (40 discs), movies featuring vampires such as Dracula (75th Anniversary Edition) (Universal Legacy Series), the legendary actors who have portrayed the Count, and many more. The author indicates that she has put in lots of research into her work, with entries of vampires as depicted in various cultures, e.g. African, Indian, Asian, Southeast Asian, etc. Despite this, I felt that some of the entries could have done with more elaboration. I hail from Southeast Asia myself and am quite familiar with the mythology of the vampire in SEA. I was glad to note the author included entries on 'pontianak' (female vampire), though it is far from complete. There is no mention that the pontianak is partial to the frangipani tree (a tree that has fragrant blooms) and also the banyan tree, or the belief that the pontianak can be turned back into a mortal female by driving a nail into the back of the creature's head. Nor it is mentioned that the pontianak is usually the result of a female who dies in childbirth as believed by many villagers in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.

That aside, I felt that the coverage on werewolves and other monsters was underwhelming. I gathered from reading this encyclopedia that the other monsters were mainly shapeshifters, skinwalkers, etc. but once again the coverage was not exhaustive and the entries that were provided were not detailed, especially with reference to non-European cultures. On the whole though, I felt that the author deserves some praise for putting in the research for this book as there really aren't that many books or encyclopedias out there on this subject. This is not only entertaining and informative but also provides ideas for writers, and the bibliography provided under some entries are an added bonus for those keen on more research.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 20 Feb. 2010
By Daniel E. Cureton - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for every magical library! This is a pretty good source book for the creatures listed. I've used it on several occasions for papers. It's just the right size. Of course it doesn't contain every bit of information on the subject out there, but it's an overall well rounded encyclopedia that does have a large portion of popular common knowledge and more obscure information. The binding is great so the spine doesn't split when you open it. The format is nice and easy to follow and the entries are detailed. I would recommend as a good encyclopedia covering the topic of monsters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase 28 Aug. 2009
By Tyche - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Guiley delivers a spectacular book once more, as she did with the Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits. This large book focuses largely on vampires; including vampire movies with plots and cast information but also reviews werewolves, vampire-like spirits, and all manner of undead and shape shifters. Dr. Guiley digs deep into every culture, unearthing legendery monsters from the East and West. I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable reading and very informative. Five stars. I look forward to her next encylopedia.
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