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Vampire Book, The [Paperback]

J. Gordon Melton (PhD)
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  • Paperback: 910 pages
  • Publisher: VISIBLE INK; 3rd Revised edition edition (5 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578590760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578592814
  • ASIN: 157859281X
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18 x 4.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This reference presents vampire lore and legends from around the world, with coverage of the historical, literary, mythological, biographical and popular aspects of the vampire figure. It gives an alphabetical list of definitions of terms, descriptions of places and biographies of vampires (fictional and allegedly real), along with the actors who have portrayed them and the authors who created them. There are also descriptions of vampire appearances in different cultures and other topics, such as sexuality) associated with vampires. Many of the illustrations in the text are taken from the files of the Vampire Studies Society. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reviews on the latest edition of The Vampire Book...
"As good as you're going to find on those bloodsuckers. Only goes for $19.95 which is the real shocker. Picture-laden, scary, helpful reference monster. You'll never need to buy another book on this dead subject." --@Nzone Magazine

"Arguably the most comprehensive vampire book ever created." --Images Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money 16 Feb 2006
As you will read from most of the other reviews, Melton's 'Encyclopedia' is so rife with blatant inaccuracies that it's useless to all but the most vapid of readers. It's apalling that a second edition of a reference book can get so many things wrong from entries on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to the classic Dracula films - don't get me started on how woefully unresearched the actual vampiric folklore in the book is. It's as if all he did was play "Vampire: The Masquerade" for a year, and then decided he was an expert on vampires. How this got past proof-readers and editors, I'll never know.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bloated but anaemic 5 Oct 2003
By prelati
Pleasingly heavy, and not unattractive in appearance, 'The Vampire Book' is a major missed opportunity. It lacks a clear editorial direction, with some entries that are questionable, and others that are conspicuous by their absence (in the comics section for example, Marvel and Chaos are covered while DC's influential Vertigo horror imprint warrants nary a mention). There are also numerous errors which compromise its integrity (mixing up Forry Ackerman with Vincent Price is pretty unforgivable in this context).
Interestingly Melton, in common with many wouldbe 'vampires', seems reluctant to distinguish between 'real' folkloric vampires and their fictional representations. Background from 'The Masquerade' game gets extensive coverage, at the expense one assumes of more meaty material. This, perhaps, is the book's biggest flaw, as references to recent vampire research, or indeed any kind of thematic analysis or insight, are conspicuous by their absence.
There's plenty here, but it lacks bite and, crucially, brains. David Skal's effort in a similiar vein - 'V is for Vampire' - while far from perfect, is a far more professional and provocative package than this somewhat aimless and anaemic attempt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Plain and Simple 8 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Not only does this book contain hundreds of citations of vampire movies, books, videos and comics it also contains some of the most beautiful (or bloodcurdling) photographs I've ever seen. The entire book is laid out in a coherent manner and I have to say again the photographs, covers and movie stills are reproduced excellently!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A noble effort that failed. 12 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This second edition was Melton's chance to correct the many factual errors in the first edition. Not only are most of those mistakes still intake, but the new edition contains plenty of new ones! Again, this would be a great book, but if you can't rely on the information in one entry, then ALL of them must be suspect, rendering the book useless as a reference on vampires in popular culture and folklore!
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