Joshi (coeditor, Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia) brings together 217 entries by 42 authors, scholars, and educators on all aspects of vampires in literature and legend—authors, novels, short stories, films, television series, topical essays, and more. Arranged alphabetically, the volume begins with a listing of entries and a guide to related topics. Each entry is signed, although there are neither references listed for the entries nor cross-references to other entries within the encyclopedia. The emphasis is on U.S. and English authors, although a few others from around the world are included. The entries about authors lack bibliographies of the authors' works. However, the volume itself has a general bibliography organized by topic. The index enables the quick location of subjects of interest. BOTTOM LINE This volume is good for information about the living dead in myth, legend, and popular culture from the past through today, but it will not serve the serious researcher in need of references to further sources. High schools and public libraries where patrons are interested in learning more about vampires will benefit from adding this to their holdings, but academic collections would be better off with a source that has bibliographic references. [For a recent example, see The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead (3d ed., Visible Ink), reviewed in LJ 9/15/10, p. 99.—Ed.]—Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY
Gr 9 Up— In 200-plus clear, essay-style A-to-Z articles, this volume covers the living dead from prehistory to the present. Numerous entries offer cross-references and/or annotated bibliographies. The articles discuss authors (Elaine Bergstrom, Edgar Allan Poe), literary works (Carrion Comfort, "Twilight"), topics ("Manga and Anime Vampire Series," "Fan Organizations"), and film and television (The Lost Boys, "The Vampire Diaries"). Supplementary material includes an "Alphabetical List of Entries," "Guide to Related Topics," and a "General Bibliography." There are no images, but readablilty is enhanced by generous margins and a clear typeface. Although this work is comprehensive in scope, consider also Melton's illustrated The Vampire Book: Encyclopedia of the Undead (Visible Ink, 2010). It's similar in coverage, but offers easier access points for researchers and recreational readers.—Cara Moffett, formerly at South College of Asheville, NC.