The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

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The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction

Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Third edition, explores the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour ...

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Overview


The Ultimate Collection of Vampire Facts and Fiction

Death and immortality, sexual prowess and surrender, intimacy and alienation, rebellion and temptation. The allure of the vampire is eternal. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead, Third edition, explores the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing paranormal subject. This vast reference is an alphabetical tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the soul-sucking undead.

In the first fully revised and updated edition in a decade, Dr. J. Gordon Melton (president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula) bites even deeper into vampire lore, myths, reported realities, and legends that come from all around the world. From Vlad the Impaler to Dracula and from modern literature to movies and TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 400 essays to quench your thirst for facts, biographies, definitions, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The third edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of vampires and vampire lore is exhaustive, covering vampire esoterica, vampire novelists, historical figures like Vlad the Impaler, and much more, and featuring an extra decade of vampire knowledge that allows Melton to incorporate the Twilight phenomenon and acknowledge the cultural importance of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other developments in the bloody field. Melton's (The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomenon) research is meticulous and readers with even a passing interest in vampires will be amazed by the staggering wealth of information presented. However, Melton's volume is redundant in the extreme and some of what he includes (such as entries like the London of Dracula's Time) are only tenuously related to vampires. At times, it's difficult to tell if Melton has an extremely dry sense of humor or none at all, since his entries are so obsessively single-minded. Ultimately, readers who really want something to sink their teeth into will find this indispensible, but more casual enthusiasts will likely be overwhelmed.
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Chicago Tribune
The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African Vampires to Yama, the God of Death.
Horror Classics Book Review
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.
Choice
An excellent reference. This remarkable amalgam of the popular and the scholarly is highly recommended
Journal of American Folklore
This impressive compendium is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in researching vampires or vampirism.
From the Publisher

"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

Bookviews by Alan Caruba
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.
Alternate Perceptions
Another creepy classic of encyclopedic proportions ... . Brad's book will have you riveted to each page from beginning to end.
From the Publisher

"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)

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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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)

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

Library Journal
Updated for the first time in ten years, this vampire lore tome covers legends from around the world, both classical and current, presenting an overview of the historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular aspects of vampires. Melton (director, Inst. for the Study of American Religions) has accounted for more recent entries to the rolls of the undead, from popular TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book and film franchise. Entries encompass authors, scholars, vampire characteristics, organizations, media, notable vampires, vampires in places and cultures, and other things related to the mythology (e.g., blood and garlic) while spanning both popular and scholarly aspects. There are 500-plus entries, with a list of sources for each, and over 200 photographs. This new edition is important particularly to those collections where information regarding vampires in popular culture is desired, as readers will find significant coverage of popular culture over the years since the last edition was published. The volume has a table of contents and index for ease of use as well. BOTTOM LINE This book is 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.—Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—With updated coverage detailing the emergence of the "Buffy" and "Twilight" phenomena of the past decade, this wide-ranging resource includes entries relating to lore from around the globe. The book features more than 500 clear and succinct alphabetical articles written for fans of classic and popular literature and for researchers. Entries include traditional figures ("Dracula"); general concepts ("Fangs"); popular titles (Dead Until Dark); authors and characters (Anne Rice, Lestat de Lioncourt); television shows and movies (Dark Shadows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer); vampires from different countries (Mexico, France, Greece, etc.); and specific topics ("Women as Vampires"), to name a mere few. Sections such as "Vampires: A Chronology" and the author's response to the question "What Is a Vampire?" add interesting detail. Source material and cross-references are found throughout the volume. Ghostly (gray) images of coffins, spiders, gravestones, and other items associated with the bloodthirsty creatures are found in the margins, while 200-plus murky black-and-white photos and movie stills illustrate the entries. The font size, while readable, is somewhat small. Although S.T. Joshi's Encyclopedia of the Vampire (Greenwood, 2010) offers similar information, 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.—Cara Moffett, formerly at South College of Asheville, NC
From Barnes & Noble
Grab a fistful of garlic as you enter the dark world of the original pain in the neck--the vampire! In this fully revised and "revamped" edition of the bestselling encyclopedia, Melton examines our fascination with the undead inside and out--from cults and personalities to movies and literature. Plus, he digs even deeper into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires from around the world. Includes never-before-published photos sure to satisfy the most diehard of fans. Color and black-and-white photos, more than 200 in all. 100 new entries include the popular Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; the Dracula '97 Centennial Celebration; The Vampire Chronicles; The X-Files; more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592814
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 950
  • Sales rank: 346,270
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.14 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Gordon Melton, PhD, is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religions and a research specialist with the department of religious studies at University College–Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than 25 books, including The Church of Scientology, The Cult Experience, The Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena, and Nelson’s Guide to Denomination. He lives in Goleta, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Recommended

    Very detailed book of the myths with vampires includes information about the history of the vampire as well as relating itself to the craze of todays thoughts about vampires
    Very interesting read

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