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The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead Paperback – 1 Dec 1998

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  • Paperback: 920 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157859071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578590711
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 6.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,358,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent and comprehensive addition to any collection serving readers interested in learning more about the vampire in time, place, and society. Aficionados of vampires in popular culture will enjoy it." "--Library Journal"

"An excellent reference. This remarkable amalgam of the popular and the scholarly is highly recommended." --"Choice"

"This impressive compendium is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in researching vampires or vampirism." --"Journal of American Folklore"

"A significant expansion of the second edition published in 1999, with updated information on vampires in books, movies, television, and popular culture." "--College & Research Libraries News"

"A comprehensive survey of all things vampiric, this massive volume belongs on the shelf of every Goth you know, including fans of "Bitten, ""Buffy", "True Blood", "Twilight", Ann Rice's Lestat books, and Dracula himself." "--Toronto Globe and Mail"

"The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African Vampires to Yama, the God of Death." --"Chicago Tribune"

"Written by religious scholar and fearless vampire authority Melton, this updated edition is a thorough guide for all things relating to vampires. Sure to be popular with readers whose interest in vampires has been sparked by the current trend." "--Booklist"

"Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions . . . . Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end." --Alternate Perceptions

"The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive. Readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensable." --"Publishers Weekly "(February 28, 2011)

"This wide-ranging resource includes entries relating to [vampire] lore from around the globe. The book features more than 500 clear and succinct articles. Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available." --"Library Journal" (April 1, 2011)

"The best assembled and most complete compendium of all things vampire. Author J. Gordon Melton's impressive resume lends credence to a tome of vampires that is both scholarly and exciting." --"FATE Magazine "(December 1, 2010)

"If it's vampire-related, it's in here. Top Paranormal Books of 2010" "About.com"
"Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions, recounting more documented tales of frightening eyewitness being encounters that covers the gamut of such dark mysteries, from your more mundane cryptozoological Bigfoot fanfare to supernatural beasties like the Little People or the Shadow People, with every shade and variety of non-people in between. Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end." "Alternate Perceptions" magazine
"Written by religious scholar and fearless vampire authority Melton, this updated edition is a thorough guide for all things relating to vampires. Sure to be popular with readers whose interest in vampires has been sparked by the current trend." "Booklist"
"Without doubt, the vampire myth inspires continued fascination and is currently all the rage with television programs and films devoted to the topic. The new edition is completely update and no doubt is the most comprehensive collection of vampire lore available." "Bookviews"
"The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African Vampires to Yama, the God of Death." "Chicago Tribune"
"An excellent reference. This remarkable amalgam of the popular and the scholarly is highly recommended." "Choice"
..".a significant expansion of the second edition published in 1999, with updated information on vampires in books, movies, television, and popular culture." "College & Research Libraries News"
"The best assembled and most complete compendium of all things vampire. Author J. Gordon Melton's impressive resume lends credence to a tome of vampires that is both scholarly and exciting." "Fate" magazine
"Anything and everything you ever wanted or needed to know about vampires is found within this massive 900-page reference. The mere writing of such a massive undertaking as this book would be a seemingly impossible task, but the author pulls it off nicely ... I highly recommend this book." "Horror Classics Book Review"
""The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead" is one of the most valuable books I use in the prep work I do. I use this encyclopedia as a survey book to guide me to other sources because it's the most definitive and broad reference-- and certainly the most up to date-- that I know of." "Jason Henderson," author of "Alex Van Helsing" series
"This impressive compendium is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in researching vampires or vampirism." "Journal of American Folklore"
..".the most inclusive, up to date, and thorough resource book for both academians and fans." "Lexington Vampire Examiner"
"This wide-ranging resource includes entries relating to [vampire] lore from around the globe. The book features more than 500 clear and succinct articles. Melton s handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available." "Library Journal"
"The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive. Readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensable." "Publishers Weekly"
"Melton's handy volume provides the most comprehensive coverage currently available for general collections. But note: readers should be on spoiler alert when perusing book and film entries." "School Library Journal"
""The Vampire Book" by J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D. This uber-comprehensive "Encyclopedia of the Undead" will surely make your vampire fan show her fangs with happiness." "The Bookworm Sez"
"A comprehensive survey of all things vampiric, this massive volume belongs on the shelf of every Goth you know, including fans of "Bitten, Buffy, True Blood, Twilight," Ann Rice's "Lestat" books and Dracula himself." "The Toronto Globe and Mail"
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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

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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
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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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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Okay, forget that for some reason that passes understanding Keifer Sutherland from "Lost Boys" is the vampire pictured on the cover. This is THE Encyclopedia of the Dead and, as the cover proudly complains, this edition is "Completely Revamped." If you enjoy vampire stories and are trying to keep straight the difference between the vampires of Stoker and those of Anne Rice, this book is for you.
Martin V. Riccardo's Foreword, "A Brief Cultural History of the Vampire" is a solid introduction to the subject matter. The tome's editor, J. Gordon Melton, answers the age old question "What is a Vampire?" in his preface. There is also a Vampire Chronology. But the guts and glory of this book is the 900+ pages of entries.
"The Vampire Book" gives equal weight to appearances of the vampires in the mass media and in the folklore of the world. You can read all about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in film and on television and then also learn that the late Denholm Elliot played a memorable Dracula in a British television version in 1969. You can find out about vampires in Scandinavia as well as the historical Dracula, Vlad Tepes the Impaler. Attention is paid to such things as blood, vampires and science-fiction, and vampire games (both board and role-playing).
All entries are cross-referenced by bold-faced type, which allows you to skip around from article to article?a lot more fun than just proceeding alphabetically. You can being with "Ackerman, Forrest James (1916-- )," which leads you to "Vampirella," then to "stake," and in turn "Bela Lugosi," "Transylvania," "Szekelys," "Bran Stoker," and on and on until suddenly the night has passed, the sun is coming up and you are turned into a pile of vampire dust (see: "Sunlight," pp 660-661).
* But could never find out, even when you asked.
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