Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Cannot Rest in Peace [NOOK Book]

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What lurks out there in the fog? What was that eerie sound in the dead of night? What flitted by at the end of the street, just beyond the farthest street lamp? From earliest times, tales of the restless dead and their fellow travellers have terrified mankind. Whether around a remote campfire or in the middle of a  bustling city, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that have tormented humanity since the prehistoric darkness ...
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Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Cannot Rest in Peace

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Overview


What lurks out there in the fog? What was that eerie sound in the dead of night? What flitted by at the end of the street, just beyond the farthest street lamp? From earliest times, tales of the restless dead and their fellow travellers have terrified mankind. Whether around a remote campfire or in the middle of a  bustling city, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that have tormented humanity since the prehistoric darkness haven't gone away—they still have the  power to strike fear in our hearts.

Encyclopedia of the Undead
traces those shadowy entities—vampires,  werewolves, ghouls, and monsters—that lurk just outside the range of human vision and inhabit our most frightening tales. Drawing on a wide range of beliefs and literature, it traces these horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their impact upon the human psyche. In this book, history and terror mix to create the things that lurk in the darkest corners of our minds. You'll find detailed descriptions of terrors from all over the world—from the  mist-shrouded mountains of Eastern Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands, from the dark, stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined dead beneath the remote New England hills to the dark magics that lurk beneath the thriving, colourful surface of a city like New Orleans. In addition to the more conventional creatures, Encyclopedia of the Undead also details some of the more obscure things that gnaw at the edges of men's minds—Incubi and  Succubi, the Mara, and the dark legends that have influenced writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H.P. Lovecraft. This is a book for all those who are interested in the darker side of the human mind—the side that examines and even embraces those beliefs and imaginings that form the basis of our most archetypical fears. This is the book for those  brave enough to plumb the depths of our worst nightmares!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453254035
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 613,030
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Dr. Bob Curran was born in a remote area of County Down, Northern Ireland, but left to travel and work in the United States, France, Italy, Mexico, North Africa, Spain, Holland, and parts of Eastern Europe. This has given him insight into the cultures and beliefs of people around the world. Living again in Northern Ireland, he holds several university degrees and acts as a consultant to such bodies as the Office of First, Deputy First Minister, and Tourism Ireland Ltd. He is author of many popular books on folklore such as Vampires; Werewolves; Man-Made Monsters; and Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms (all published by New Page Books). He can be found musing on drbobcurran.blogspot.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2008

    great

    This book is very interesting and informative. It approaches a wide variety of superantural creaturs, including zombies, werewolves, and the creations of HP Lovecraft, in a very scholarly way, and is therefore of equal interest to folklore enthusiasts and horror fans. However, the illustrations are somewhat provocative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2006

    Great Reference

    For every horror and supernatural fan out there. This book will giver all you need to know and more. A great reference tool for horror writers, horror enthusiasts, or just the curious.

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