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Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night [Paperback]

Bob Curran , Ian M. Daniels
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25 Aug 2005
Vampire! The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles of enigmatic pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in dark cloaks of slumbering beauties being bloodily ravished by supernatural nocturnal creatures. But just how accurate is that picture? How much do we really know about these mysterious entities? Surprisingly perhaps almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image-some are not even human in form some do not drink blood some appear in daylight. Are you ready for such horrors as the Penangal the screaming blood-soaked beast that drifts through the Malayan jungle seeking victims; the Jaracacca the Brazilian stalker that hides in the clothes of its victims to drink their blood or bodily fluids; or the Aswang the scaly demon of the Philippines who lies among the leafy roofs of huts and drinks through its tongue? And how do we dispose of vampires? Is the simple stake through the heart-much beloved of Hollywood directors-really enough or is there something more? And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires-what if the vampire is Jewish (a dibbyuk)? VAMPIRES is a unique lavishly illustrated work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore ranging from countries as diverse as Japan Sweden and Ireland looking at their historical origins and setting them in their cultural context.

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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books,US (25 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564148076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564148070
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vampire. The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles in Eastern Europe; of deathly pale and saturnine noblemen, wrapped in dark cloaks; of fangs brushing the throat of some helpless female; of stakes and crucifixes destroying ancient evil. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires 8 Oct 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Probably since the beginning of time, humans have wondered about death. Foremost in our ponderings is the key question of what happens to the dead after they pass from our world. Though our modern perception of the afterlife tends to be fairly positive with various versions of a perfect place where the good are rewarded for their behaviour, this attitude has not always been prevalent.

In nearly every country and culture of the past, death has been a terrifying prospect. Moreover, commonly the dead have been feared as potentially harmful, full of revenge, and jealous of the living. Myths, legends, and stories worldwide repeatedly recount how the dead seek to kill and cannibalize the living in order to exact revenge or to regain their valuable life energy.

Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night is a chilling must have reference for anyone who loves the mysterious horrors of the night. This book recounts shocking myths, creepy legends, and terrifying stories of vampire-like creatures from Germany, Austria, Sumeria, Babylonia, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ireland, France, Scotland, Iceland, Wales, Brazil, Malaysia, India, Albania, Romania, South Africa, the United States, and Greece. I was completely mesmerized by the accounts in this book. I will also never look at Santa Claus the same way again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 24 Jun 2010
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I absolutely love anything to do with Vampires and this book gave information on cultural folklore. Its not heavy reading but was interesting. It gave the folklore of vampires from different countries. The pictures by Ian Daniels are absolutely brilliant and I wish there had been more in colour. Good price and very good quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust any book on the supernatural by Bob Curran! 30 Jun 2011
By Amanda Pike - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Bob Curran won my respect with his book on werewolves. He is concise while also providing valid facts and research into the paranormal and into folklore. His writing style is simple while at the same time presenting a great many useful tidbits of information.

This is an author that I highly respect and recommend. Anyone who studies the paranormal, history, and folklore should appreciate this man's writing. He is a breath of fresh air in the wake of far too many supernatural reference guides with a slant toward this or that author's favorite work of fiction or personal bias within the subject such as a different author's predisposition toward the study of "psychic vampires". Bob Curran does not use a bias. He writes with a professional straight forwardness that I completely admire and respect. I would recommend any title by this author written as a tool of research into folklore and the paranormal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night 4 July 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A wealth of information, covers every country where vampires have a background or link. Can be read straight through or taken by sections. Great read. There will be unexpected locations where you can find vampires, and places you thought you would but do not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A starting point for lore lovers... 20 Jun 2012
By Rhianna Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoy reading collections of lore that feature classic mythological entities. One of my favorites is the vampire simply because a form of it exists in nearly every culture. Bob Curran's field guide touches on many familiar sources of vampire mythology and many I was not aware of. Though I was somewhat familiar with the Asiatic creatures we could call vampires they are by far some of the creepier and more diverse, which made them particularly interesting to read about. Ian Daniels' illustrations give dimension to the different chapters and help give a visual to some of the more unusual incarnations of vampire.

I would recommend Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night to anyone who hasn't taken the time to explore vampire myths beyond the traditional Hollywood types prevalent in Western culture. While not an exhaustive guide I found it to be an interesting and imagination provoking collective worth the read.

**Review copy received via Net Galley
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for a vampire fan 17 May 2012
By Nicki J - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a really great resource for any vampire fan out there.

This book looks at vampire myths and tales from all around the world and presents them in this handy 'field guide'. Some of the tales I was familiar with, but others were new to me and were very interesting to read.

Another strong point with this book is the selection of great illustrations throughout. And, for a change, they didn't even slow the scrolling on my Kobo - a very pleasant surprise. A good index at the back helps you navigate if you are looking for something particular; otherwise you can just browse.

The only downside was a lack of references for further reading.

In conclusion: a good selection of varied tales from all corners of the globe; lovely illustrations; a must-read for vampire fans.

I received this book as a free e-book ARC via NetGalley.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires Field Guide Review 22 Nov 2010
By A. E. Terry - Published on Amazon.com
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It's probably way too soon to even give this book a fair review... but 70 pages in and I'm finding mistakes and errors.

The first two entries for starters... Tomte and Wood-Wives... incorrect information there about them. Yes the Tomte can have a bad temper and aren't always nice... I wouldn't place them as vampiric entities. And the Wood-Wives, none of my other books regarding Vampire or Faerie Lore, ect reference Wood-Wives as having a vampiric nature.

Are there creatures of Faerie with vampiric tendencies. Yes there are.

El Chupacabra, Curran's done better then most, but I found errors here and disagreements on.. such as linking them to an even older story with the Zunis and a failed Spanish quest for the Cibola? Right.

He's got some facts correct such as the Ekimmu and Dearg-Dul.

I should have waited and finished reading the book before writing a review... I can't just help but feel to put a word out if there's anyone else going to pick this book up, don't rely solely on it for correct information regarding Vampires, do read and compare with other books and authors who've researched or tried to research.
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