Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night

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"Vampire!" The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles, of enigmatic, pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in dark cloaks, of slumbering beauties being bloodily ravished by supernatural, nocturnal creatures. But just how accurate is that picture? How much do we really know about these mysterious entities?

Surprisingly, perhaps, almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings, few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image-some are not even human in form, some do not drink blood, some appear in ...
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Overview

"Vampire!" The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles, of enigmatic, pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in dark cloaks, of slumbering beauties being bloodily ravished by supernatural, nocturnal creatures. But just how accurate is that picture? How much do we really know about these mysterious entities?

Surprisingly, perhaps, almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings, few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image-some are not even human in form, some do not drink blood, some appear in daylight. Are you ready for such horrors as the Penangal, the screaming blood-soaked lead that drifts through the Malayan jungle seeking victims; the Jaracacca, the Brazilian stalker that hides in the clothes of its victims to drink their blood or bodily fluids; or the Aswang, the scaly demon of the Philippines, who lies among the leafy roofs of huts and drinks through its tongue?

And how do we dispose of vampires? Is the simple stake through the heart-much beloved of Hollywood directors-really enough, or is there something more? And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires-what if the vampire is Jewish (a dibbyuk)?

Vampires is a unique, lavishly illustrated work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore, ranging from countries as diverse as Japan, Sweden and Ireland, looking at their historical origins, and setting them in their cultural context.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781564148070
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 599,135
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Dr. Bob Curran is a native of Northern Ireland, born and raised in the Mourne Mountains area of County Down, a region steeped in folklore and legend. Throughout a varied life, he has worked in many fields-as a gravedigger, professional musician, journalist, and civil servant. He is now a history teacher and well known throughout Ireland and beyond as a writer and broadcaster. He has written extensively, in English and several other languages, on various aspects of history and folklore and acted as advisor to the Cultural Committee of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly. He currently lives in Coleraine, County Derry, with his wife and family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    Book was purchased as a gift

    Receipiant was very pleased with the book, but due to 2 week delay in shipping, it was received well after the birthday celebrations were done. I am much more hesitant to shop at B&N online now because of the uncertainty in arrival of items purchased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007

    Informative and enjoyable

    This book is very informative about different varieties of vampires throughout the world and it also fun to read. It includes some illustrations as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

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    Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night By Bob
    Curran Published by Open Road Press I'd like to make it clear that I'm
    biased--zombies are my first love. If the creature doesn't lust for
    brains and has all its parts intact, it's not going to be my cup of
    tea---or entrails, or whatever. That said, I really enjoyed Bob Curran's
    Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night. Folklore
    and mythology are two of my loves, and this illustrated guide satisfies
    my lust for both. Curran compiles vampire lore from all over the world
    into this concise guide, complete with popular legends from each region.
    While the sophisticated vampire fan out there might find a lot of this
    information obvious, this is a terrific first book for the new vampire
    lover. **This review is based on an uncorrected proof furnished by the
    publisher via NetGalley. I did not receive any compensation for this review.**

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