Encyclopedia of Hell

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The Encyclopedia of Hell is a comprehensive survey of the underworld, drawing information from cultures around the globe and eras throughout history. Organized in a simple-to-use alphabetic format, entries cover representations of the dark realm of the dead in mythology, religion, works of art, opera, literature, theater, music, film, and television. Sources include African legends, Native American stories, Asian folktales, and other more obscure references, in addition to familiar infernal chronicles from ...

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Hell is a comprehensive survey of the underworld, drawing information from cultures around the globe and eras throughout history. Organized in a simple-to-use alphabetic format, entries cover representations of the dark realm of the dead in mythology, religion, works of art, opera, literature, theater, music, film, and television. Sources include African legends, Native American stories, Asian folktales, and other more obscure references, in addition to familiar infernal chronicles from Western lore. The result is a catalog of underworld data, with entries running the gamut from descriptions of grisly pits of torture to humorous cartoons lampooning the everlasting abyss. Its extensive cross-referencing also supplies links between various concepts and characters from the netherworld and provides further information on particular theories.

Peruse these pages and find out for yourself what history's greatest imaginations have envisioned awaiting the wicked on the other side of the grave.

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"Miriam Van Scott outpaces Dante...a Thomas Guide to the Dark Side." —Detour magazine

"With entries ranging from Dante's Inferno to the 1994 noir film Dark Angel: The Ascent, Van Scot's hellacious handbook entertains as it guides readers through a cultural history of Hell." —Publishers Weekly

"Fascinating reading...Van Scott's fine research and treatment of the material enables the reader to grasp specific points with great depth. All libraries will do well to add such a contemporary title." —Library Journal

Richard Kadrey
...Encyclopedia of Hell belongs on the shelf of any aficionado of the infernal....Scott does a good job of hitting the highlights. She comes up with some fine tangential Hell associations...
Event Horizont
Science Fiction Chronicle
A reference book with many small articles, arranged alphabetically, about Hell and the afterlife, drawn from a variety of cultural traditions. Some of the more obscure information could provide inspiration for writers, and it is interesting browsing as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312244422
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 799,227
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Van Scott lives with her family in Manassas, Virginia. She is the author of Encyclopedia of Heaven (St. Martin's Press, 1999).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    almost four stars

    This book is good, but has some weird subjects that don't belong. She hits points, but (as it seems to me) that she added things that don't really have to deal with hell, just of the fact of having more things in her book. But all in all it is a good book. In fact I found this book interesting enough to make me curious to see what she has to say about heaven. I am about to start reading that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    Learn, Don't Burn!

    A great read, with humor, facts and lots of great cross referencing! I disagree with the reviewer who thought it showed anti-biker prejiduce (probably an aging boomer who takes a lot of teasing at work for buying a Harley during his mid life crisis!) it shows that many REAL bikers ENJOY being associated with demons, devils, no fear of anything, etc, why else would they choose names like 'Hell's Angels'! The book did the same for lots of subjects like Heavy metal music, video games, etc as well as lots of religious and artsy stuff. Neat pictures too. As fun as it was informative!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    almost entertaining

    I was having quite a merry little read, 'till I came upon the entry 'Biker'. How does 'Biker' fit in here? Then I read it. It not only doesn't belong, but the description is defamitory! The author sees satanic images in the acoutriment of all 'bikers', and laid bare an exagerated prejudice that is comical in it's ignorance. After repeatedly trying to put that section behind me, I could not help but wonder how much more of this 'literature' was quarried staight from her unresearched imagination. It truly spoiled an anticipated read. Too bad!

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