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The Vampire Book

By J Gordon Melton
  • ISBN Code: : 1578593484
  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Pages : 944
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Revised, updated, and enlarged, this vast reference is an alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, many facets are uncovered—historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula and Lestat, this exhaustive guide furnishes more than 500 essays, a vampire chronology, and 60 pages of vampire resources. Complete with detailed illustrations and photographs, the third edition of this popular authority includes a wealth of current events, including the Twilight phenomenon; contemporary authors of vampire romance; the growth and development of genuine, self-identified vampire communities; and prominent TV shows from Buffy to True Blood.

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  • Pdf File: the-secret-history-of-vampires.pdf

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A look at the forgotten ancestors of the modern-day vampire, many of which have very different characteristics • Looks at the many ancestoral forms of the modern vampire, including shroud eaters, appesarts, and stafi • Presents evidence for the reality of this phenomenon from pre-19th-century newspaper articles and judicial records Of all forms taken by the undead, the vampire wields the most powerful pull on the modern imagination. But the countless movies and books inspired by this child of the night who has a predilection for human blood are based on incidents recorded as fact in newspapers and judicial archives in the centuries preceding the works of Bram Stoker and other writers. Digging through these forgotten records, Claude Lecouteux unearths a very different figure of the vampire in the many accounts of individuals who reportedly would return from their graves to attack the living. These ancestors of the modern vampire were not all blood suckers; they included shroud eaters, appesarts, nightmares, and the curious figure of the stafia, whose origin is a result of masons secretly interring the shadow of a living human being in the wall of a building under construction. As Lecouteux shows, the belief in vampires predates ancient Roman times, which abounded with lamia, stirges, and ghouls. Discarding the tacked together explanations of modern science for these inexplicable phenomena, the author looks back to another folk belief that has come down through the centuries like that of the undead: the existence of multiple souls in every individual, not all of which are able to move on to the next world after death.

The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films

By Salvador Jimenez Murguía
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442261676
  • Total of Pages : 422
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 846
  • Pdf File: the-encyclopedia-of-japanese-horror-films.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films covers virtually every horror film made in Japan from the past century to date. In addition to entries on productions, both major and modest, this encyclopedia also includes entries for notable directors, producers, and actors. Each film entry includes comprehensive details, situates the film in the context and history of Japanese horror cinema, and includes brief suggestions for further reading. Although emphasizing horror as a general theme, this encyclopedia also encompasses other genres that are associated with this theme, including Comedy Horror, Science Fiction Horror, Cyber-punk Horror, Ero Guru (Erotic Grotesque), and Anime Horror. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films is a comprehensive reference volume that will appeal to both cinema scholars as well as to the many fans of this popular genre.

The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television

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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476620830
  • Total of Pages : 388
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 403
  • Pdf File: the-vampire-in-folklore-history-literature-film-and-television.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This comprehensive bibliography covers writings about vampires and related creatures from the 19th century to the present. More than 6,000 entries document the vampire’s penetration of Western culture, from scholarly discourse, to popular culture, politics and cook books. Sections by topic list works covering various aspects, including general sources, folklore and history, vampires in literature, music and art, metaphorical vampires and the contemporary vampire community. Vampires from film and television—from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Twilight Saga—are well represented.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22

By Stephen Jones
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  • Publisher : Robinson
  • Book Code : 1849017727
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 221
  • Pdf File: the-mammoth-book-of-best-new-horror-22.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The year's best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

Encyclopedia of Spirits and Ghosts in World Mythology

By Theresa Bane
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476623392
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 192
  • Pdf File: encyclopedia-of-spirits-and-ghosts-in-world-mythology.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Of all the anomalous phenomenon reported, ghost sightings are by far the most common. The words "ghost" and "spirit" are used interchangeably in American English but in other cultures the lingering souls of the departed are not to be confused with ancestral spirits, demonic spirits, numens or poltergeists. This encyclopedia lists hundreds of entities of the spirit realm--from aatxe to zuzeca--from world mythology and folklore.

Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture

By William Patrick Day
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813153948
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 208
  • Pdf File: vampire-legends-in-contemporary-american-culture.pdf

Book Short Summary:

While vampire stories have been part of popular culture since the beginning of the nineteenth century, it has been in recent decades that they have become a central part of American culture. Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture looks at how vampire stories—from Bram Stoker's Dracula to Blacula, from Bela Lugosi's films to Love at First Bite—have become part of our ongoing debate about what it means to be human. William Patrick Day looks at how writers and filmmakers as diverse as Anne Rice and Andy Warhol present the vampire as an archetype of human identity, as well as how many post-modern vampire stories reflect our fear and attraction to stories of addiction and violence. He argues that contemporary stories use the character of Dracula to explore modern values, and that stories of vampire slayers, such as the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, integrate current feminist ideas and the image of the Vietnam veteran into a new heroic version of the vampire story.

The Whedonverse Catalog

By Don Macnaughtan
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476631603
  • Total of Pages : 281
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 750
  • Pdf File: the-whedonverse-catalog.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Director, producer and screenwriter Joss Whedon is a creative force in film, television, comic books and a host of other media. This book provides an authoritative survey of all of Whedon's work, ranging from his earliest scriptwriting on Roseanne, through his many movie and TV undertakings--Toy Story, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, Dr. Horrible, The Cabin in the Woods, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.--to his forays into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The book covers both the original texts of the Whedonverse and the many secondary works focusing on Whedon's projects, including about 2000 books, essays, articles, documentaries and dissertations.

Legends, Monsters, or Serial Murderers? The Real Story Behind an Ancient Crime

By Dirk C. Gibson
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  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 0313397597
  • Total of Pages : 202
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 684
  • Pdf File: legends-monsters-or-serial-murderers-the-real-story-behind-an-ancient-crime.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Covering figures ranging from Catherine Monvoisin to Vlad the Impaler, and describing murders committed in ancient aristocracies to those attributed to vampires, witches, and werewolves, this book documents the historic reality of serial murder.

Reproductions of Reproduction

By Judith Roof
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135225311
  • Total of Pages : 239
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 210
  • Pdf File: reproductions-of-reproduction.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Reproductions of Reproduction is about the loss of the paternal metaphor and how the ensuing scramble to relocate it has set off a series of representational crises. Examining the sudden popularity of such figures as cyborgs, bodybuilders, and vampires; shifts in legislation about abortion, paternity and copyright; the transition to a digital-based society; the emergence of lesbian and gay studies; the growing infatuation with hyper-realistic patterns in television, this book argues that each of these manifestations represents an attempt to resituate the paternal metaphor. While this shift affects our understandings of everything from narratives to law to time, it also suggests a point of potential political intervention, allowing us to identify the full implications of these changes.

Undead in the West

By Cynthia J. Miller,A. Bowdoin Van Riper
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  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Book Code : 081088545X
  • Total of Pages : 344
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 902
  • Pdf File: undead-in-the-west.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Undead in the West is a collection of essays that explore the many tropes and themes through which undead Westerns make the genre’s inner plagues and demons visible, and lay siege to a frontier tied to myths of strength, ingenuity, freedom, and independence. Featuring several illustrations and a filmography, the volume is divided into three sections: “Reanimating Classic Western Tropes” examines traditional Western characters, symbolism, and plot devices and how they are given new life in undead Westerns; “The Moral Order Under Siege” explores the ways in which the undead confront classic values and morality tales embodied in Western films; and “And Hell Followed with Him” looks at justice, retribution, and retaliation at the hands of undead angels and avengers.

Undead in the West II

By Cynthia J. Miller,A. Bowdoin Van Riper
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  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Book Code : 0810892650
  • Total of Pages : 386
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 382
  • Pdf File: undead-in-the-west-ii.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This companion to Undead in the West (Scarecrow 2012) explores the blending of the Western genre with zombies, vampires, mummies, ghosts, and spirits in comics, graphic novels, literature, games, new media, fandom and material culture.