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