The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings

The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings

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by Brad Steiger
     
 

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When Darkness Reigns and the Full Moon Glows, Terror Emerges to Stalk the Unsuspecting…

From lycanthropic creatures found on television and film such as Teen Wolf, Twilight, and True Blood to the earliest folklore of shape-shifting creatures, The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shapeshifting Beings is an eye-opening, blood

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When Darkness Reigns and the Full Moon Glows, Terror Emerges to Stalk the Unsuspecting…

From lycanthropic creatures found on television and film such as Teen Wolf, Twilight, and True Blood to the earliest folklore of shape-shifting creatures, The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shapeshifting Beings is an eye-opening, blood-pounding tour through the ages of monsters with the most amazing camouflage capabilities—they hide among us! Along the way, you’ll land at the doorstep of creatures like hirsute mass-murderer Albert Fish, and Fritz Haarman, who slaughtered and ate his victims—selling the leftovers as steaks and roasts in his butcher shop—as well as visits to mythical shamans, sirens, and skin walkers.

Covering 140,000 years of legend, mythology, and fact, The Werewolf Book provides hair-raising evidence of strange and obsessional behavior through the centuries. Learn the basics of becoming a werewolf and the intricacies of slaying the beast. A true homage to werewolves and other full moon beasts, it includes topics such as …
• Bear, tiger, coyote, and other shape-shifting people
• Classic and modern werewolf movies
• Gargoyles, totem poles, and Internet depictions
• Serial killers and sadistic rulers
• Sorcery, spells, and talismans
• Television shows, songs, and computer games

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Another good spell-binding Brad Steiger classic! This book will be hard to put down once you get started."— Alternate Perceptions magazine

"The Werewolf Book is wonderfully thorough, exhaustively detailed, and affordable."— American Reference Books

"Brad Steiger's magnum opus, a labor of deep scholarship elegantly written. As a reference source, it is invaluable for anyone interested in pursuing the werewolf."— Ancient American Magazine

"Provides detailed information on a wide variety of mythical creatures and the culture surrounding them."— Book News

"The book is written in Steiger’s usual popular style, and ... it should be popular."— Booklist Online

"From A to Z, Brad Steiger presents a true encyclopedia of werewolfism, a reference masterpiece, overflowing with fascinating information to make readers think and shudder."— Fate magazine

"...a very professional encyclopedia from one of the field's masters, covering all things shapeshiftery and not just “men who are hairy on the inside”"— Fortean Times

"If werewolves, hairy shape-shifting monsters, and silver-bullets are your thing, then you’re in for a big, big treat! An excellent, fully updated, and massively expanded, edition of The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings is most definitely a title to sink your teeth into!"— Mania.com

"It is with reverence to its awesome scope that we recommend it to anyone even marginally interested in the topic."— Rue Morgue magazine

"Another classic for the ages, Steiger continues to educate and entertain. I eagerly await his next book to come."— The Examiner

"There are historical as well as pop culture entries in this encyclopedia, and I think that's what makes this book so different. Most people do not sit down and read an encyclopedia from cover to cover, but with this book, the reader can do exactly that and not feel overwhelmed with information. [T]his encyclopedia will appeal to more than just the average werewolf/vampire lover."— VOYA

VOYA - Jonatha Basye
There has been an incredible influx of material written about vampires, werewolves, and the like over the past several years. Their induction into American pop culture certainly cannot be ignored. And with that comes another book that discusses shape-shifters; however, this offering is a little different. First of all, this is an encyclopedia, and second, the title is misleading. At first glance, I assumed that the book would only cover werewolves, and that is definitely not the case. This encyclopedia includes entries from Elizabeth Bathory to Maenads to True Blood. There are historical as well as pop culture entries in this encyclopedia, and I think that's what makes this book so different. It does not deal strictly with one facet of the information being presented. All avenues are pursued in The Werewolf Book—from the factual to the fantastical. Most people do not sit down and read an encyclopedia from cover to cover, but with this book, the reader can do exactly that and not feel overwhelmed with information. All of the entries are alphabetized, as would be expected in an encyclopedia, as well as the contents page. I thought this especially helpful when trying to locate a certain entry. Steiger includes a chronology at the back of the book that deals specifically with werewolf folklore. The index is also quite extensive and well organized. I have a feeling this encyclopedia will appeal to more than just the average werewolf/vampire lover. Reviewer: Jonatha Basye
VOYA - Mauree Schroeder
The Werewolf Book is a compilation of things related to shape-shifting, werewolves, or vampirism. The references follow chronology—B.C.E. all the way up to modern time. It considers psychological aspects of lycanthropy, legends of occult creatures such as the Windigo, and real stories of children raised by wolves or people who acted inhumanely. While the title is misleading, there are a broad array of werewolf references, from Adolph Hitler to the wild boy of Avaron. 4Q, 2P. Reviewer: Mauree Schroeder, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Guiley's timely, though not stellar, update of the 2005 edition presents vampires as real. Gone from the title in this edition is "…and other monsters," which, rather than reflecting a change in content, is more accurate. Most of the other revisions are additions of recent movies and books, such as those by authors Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer; also new is that this work has color illustrations. At times the organization is confusing. For example, "Arts and Entertainment" includes the role of vampirism in literature, film, and TV, but readers must use the index to discover that much of what is mentioned in this section is elaborated upon in other parts of the book. Also, while all-capitalized words indicate cross references, that is not explained. It is impossible to determine which source in the extensive bibliography matches which entry. In Steiger's alphabetized collection of lycanthropic lore and pop culture, most entries have undergone scant revision since 1999, and that in the form of rewording. Around 20 new entries include coverage of the series "True Blood" and "Twilight." Pieces with tenuous ties to werewolves and shape-shifting have been omitted. The writing is riddled with conjecture; the author says of the imprisoned Elizabeth Bathory, for example, that "perhaps she could only hear the ghostly echo of the screams of pain and the pleadings for mercy of her six hundred victims." Sources are sketchy and some are decades old, and doubts about authenticity linger.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Library, NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578593675
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second edition
Pages:
430
Sales rank:
601,729
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Brad Steiger has been devoted to exploring and examining unusual, hidden, secret, and otherwise strange occurrences for nearly five decades. He is the author of numerous articles and more than 150 books on paranormal theme, including Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Houses; Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside; Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside; and Real Zombies, the Living Dead, Creatures of the Apocalypse. He lives in Iowa.

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