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Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying Truth! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters and More

by Joshua Gee
 
Bursting with eerie photos and Special Investigations, a nonfiction compendium of all things ghoulish and ghastly--from Aliens to Zombies!

Vampires, ghosts, monsters, and more--ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA invites you to join our quest for the terrifying truth about all things ghoulish and ghastly. But beware! Surprises lurk at the turn of every page. . . .

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Overview

Bursting with eerie photos and Special Investigations, a nonfiction compendium of all things ghoulish and ghastly--from Aliens to Zombies!

Vampires, ghosts, monsters, and more--ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA invites you to join our quest for the terrifying truth about all things ghoulish and ghastly. But beware! Surprises lurk at the turn of every page. . . .

Discover a time line of ALIEN LIFE on earth--beginning 4 billion years ago! Meet a man recruited by the U.S. government to become a PSYCHIC SUPERSPY. Spend a dark and stormy night with professional GHOSTBUSTERS. Visit a mysterious library in search of DRACULA's shocking origins. Witness new photos of the actual sea monster that inspired the mythical KRAKEN. And much more!

Editorial Reviews

Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
4.5 ALIEN SKULLS OUT OF 5. Delivers on all levels...[E.H.] would make a great spooky holiday present.

Razor Reel
Aimed at kids and teens, [E.H.] is also nice reading for the not-so-adult grown-ups. . . . Tons of references and links for each one of us to further investigate the unknown.

The-Trades.com
A handsome hardcover volume with a lenticular frontispiece...A must-have for your reference shelf. GRADE: A.

VOYA
The author of this compendium of the strange and unexplained creates an enjoyable excursion to the dark side with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The first section of the book examines the big four: vampires, sea monsters, aliens, and werewolves. Each topic is replete with color illustrations and photos and is accompanied by a light, readable text that tries to separate fact from fiction. Many pop-culture figures from movies and books are tossed in with much legend and lore. Another segment of the book examines ghosts, including famous historical sightings, spirits caught on film, and spirits that inhabit animals and appliances. It also recounts the techniques and experiences of real-life ghost hunters. The creepy photos reproduced here of supposed ghosts are fascinating. The final section of the book digresses a bit into unusually gruesome shops and restaurants and some bizarre hobbies and professions. (Does geocaching really belong here?) It ends with a look at psychic phenomenon (test yourself and your friends using Zener flash cards), the scariest-ever books and authors, how genuine zombies are made, a look at a few famous hoaxes, superstitions, long-lived curses, and a photo-crime puzzle to solve. It is all in good fun and packed with informative tidbits. Teens eat this stuff up and with its breezy style and colorful layout, it should prove popular in most collections. Reviewer: Kevin Beach
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Open this frightening book and read the first line: "Turn back! Now! While you still can!" With that enticement, who could stop reading? Truly an encyclopedia of frightening spooks, the knowledge and surprises will fulfill the quest of horror seekers. First the author shares real nightmares: Count Dracula, becoming a vampire through story and film; krackens and sharks, aliens and werewolves. Interspersed into each part/chapter is a page contrasting Hollywood's version and history's version. Professor Paranormal does a Q&A, asserting that anything that cannot be explained using normal science should be considered paranormal. Ghosts and ghost-hunters, genuine and authentic will bring nightmares to anyone. Sometimes referred to as "a remarkable coincidence, "the readers will be first confused, then recognize the tongue-in-cheek assertions, or will they? Part Four forecasters predict that the future will be cloudy with a 100% chance of awful. From Horrific HQ the reader is assured that they "steadfastly pursue all of the most slithery, undead, repulsive, and/or foul-smelling answers to each question." More illustrations than any encyclopedia, the photos and art work lend themselves to win over even the most rigid skeptic. Index and bibliography will satisfy those curious for further study. There are 101 secrets inside this book. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439922555
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Series:
Encyclopedia Horrifica Series
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
10.18(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

According to eyewitnesses, Joshua Gee lives and works in New York City. ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA is widely believed to be Investigator Gee's first book.

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