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J. Gordon Melton has the credentials: he's a religious historian, author of 25 books about religion and vampires, president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula (founded in Bucharest, Romania), and chairman of the committee that put on Dracula '97: A Centennial Celebration in Los Angeles. The Vampire Book is meticulously researched and well organiJ. Gordon Melton has the credentials: he's a religious historian, author of 25 books about religion and vampires, president of the American chapter of the Transylvania Society of Dracula (founded in Bucharest, Romania), and chairman of the committee that put on Dracula '97: A Centennial Celebration in Los Angeles. The Vampire Book is meticulously researched and well organized. Included are an article on the cultural history of the vampire; a historical timeline; addresses of vampire societies all over the world; a 55-page filmography; vampires in plays, opera, and ballet; a 13-page list of vampire novels; and an extensive index. The A to Z entries, each with a short bibliography, include vampire lore in more than 30 different geographic regions and a comprehensive "who's who," and cover topics ranging from fingernails to sexuality, the Camarilla to Szekelys....

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  • RondaTutt
    2018-11-28 19:21

    This is a great book to have. Watching vampire shows and reading vampire books is great but actually knowing a little history about where vampires came from or should I say when was the first time anyone noted a vampire within history can give you a little more insight about them.In short, here is a few interesting facts that I found interesting.1. Vampire and Blood relationship - We know that vampires are bloodsucker creatures - since ancient times, humans have been the connection between blood and life. Blood is identified with life - for example, in Genesis, god tells Noah - But you must not eat the flesh with the life, which is the blood. Some believe by drinking the blood of a victim would absorb the additional strength of the conquered. In the biblical sense, in light of the special sacredness of Christ's blood, the vampire took on added significance and drank blood in a direct definance of the biblical command. It defiled the holy and stole that which was reserved for God alone. (pgs 55 & 56)2. The first person considered in the role-playing of the original vampire is the biblical character "Cain" - according to the story, the farmer Cain made an offering of the fruits of his work to God as did his shepherd brother, Abel. God rejected Cain's offering while accepting Abels. The resentful Caine murdered his brother in response to which God cursed Cain, and cast him into the outer darkness. The role-playing suggest that the curse was eternal life and a craving for blood, and that the curse has been passed to all present day vampires.In the darkness he met Lilith the reputed first wife of Cain's father Adam. She shared her blood with Caine, which awakened him to his power. After wandering in the wilderness for many years, he once again lived among mortals and created a city. During his years there he created three vampires who comprised the second generation. They in turn created the third generation and as it grew in number, Cain forbade the further creation of additional vampires.The stable situation of Cain's city was disrupted by a great flood. Renewing his command not to create more vampires, he left his progeny to their own desires, and began wandering again. The vampires ignored his admonitions, and created a fourth generation, who rose up and slew most of the elders of the third generation. Mean while, over the millennia, a person claiming to be Cain occasionally appeared. (pg 85)3. The belief in vampires preceded the introduction of Christianity into southern and eastern Europe by the Gypsies who brought the belief in vampires from India that contributed to the development of the myth.There was a divergence between two churches (Roman Catholic and Orthodox)in the 11th centry of what the theology considered for beliefs in vampires. The Orthodox believed if the soft tissue of a body did not decay quickly once placed in the ground, it was generally considered a sign of evil. That the body refused to disintegrate meant that the earth would, for some reason, not receive it - A noncorrupting body became a candidate for vampirism. The Roman Catholic believed that if the body of a dead saint did not experience corruption like that of an ordinary body or decay and it frequently emitted a pleasant oder and did not stink of putrefaction then it was considered a candidate for vampirism. (pg 117)Vampirism is considered a Pagan myth or a form of witchcraft and there fore the christians associated vampirism with Santan. (Pg 118)This book has all the information on every writer,movie producer, comic book, and movie that has ever made or recorded anything on vampires.

  • Jason Henderson
    2018-12-03 22:54

    The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead is one of the most valuable books I use in the prep work I do. I've been using it for years-- the version I just got is the third edition, making this the second time that I'll be donating a dog-eared previous edition to the Outreach Center. (Note: I don't bother selling used books. I donate them. Goodwill, Outreach, Library, whatever. At the end the year you can write off some amount, and it's not as tiresome as waiting on a small sum in trade at the Half Price Books. Just donate them.)The Vampire Book is over 800 pages of articles on all things related to vampires in folklore, pop art, history and culture. There are articles on everything from Dracula, the book, to Dracula, the 1979 movie, to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, to Twilight, with an individual article on Isabella Marie Swan. I use this encyclopedia as a survey book to guide me to other sources because it's the most definitive and broad reference-- and certainly the most up to date-- that I know of. If you're looking for a massive brick of a book as a stocking stuffer for a vampire fan friend, The Vampire Book is the way to go.

  • Cleolinda
    2018-11-29 23:03

    Extremely thorough and expansive in terms of looking at the vampire as a literary, cinematic, mythological and cultural phenomenon--you'll find entries on everything from fan clubs to breakfast cereals, as well as how various cultures (Germany, India, China, etc.) interpret the vampire. One drawback: since the book was published in 1998, it misses out on internet culture; a revised/updated edition would be a fun read.

  • Cynthia
    2018-12-08 17:21

    What's not to like. The title says it all. An encyclopedia of vamps.

  • Yousra
    2018-12-04 19:02

    I've been searching for this book desperately among my books since almost 3 yrs... i haven't lost the the hope of finding it somewhere.... I believe I'm gonna find it just when i'm not looking for it.i bought this book in July 2003, from Borders Bookstore - Washington DC - USA... I chose that book along with "Great short works of Edgar Allan Poe" ... yet, I have bought this Vampire book for to give as a present for my favorite author & translator Dr.Ahmed Khaled Tawfick (author of Utopia), when I finish reading it, knowing that I keep my books neat and as good as new... I've read it, contacted the publisher of most of his books, but couldn't get to send him the book... back then internet wasn't that widely used though I had e-mail since the year 1997...The book is really good, giving reference to historical stories of vampires, vampire stories in literature,movies and even series and criticism given to these works... I remember I've read Carmella for the first time in that book, then i found it translated by Dr. Ahmed Khaled Tawfick in a small booklet so cleverly, avoiding those parts that might clash with our culture, making it suitable for reading for the age targeted by the book yet not ruining the original work..I have no idea where the book is, and whether it is still at my parents' home stored under any bed or in the balcony storage closet, or whether it is here in my house after marriage or if i have lost it while moving... I really wish I can find it, yet I'm not sure if I'll keep it or give it to the one whom i bought the book for... I think he would make great use of it... I really wish to find the book first.. then whatever is meant to be will find its way :)

  • Rita
    2018-12-05 21:58

    Awesome!I got this book back in the early 90's so by today's standard it may be considered a bit out-dated. This does not make this book worth any less though! It's a very exhaustive encyclopaedia in terms of history (European, Asian, etc), myth & legend, movies, boooks, and so forth. It would be really, really nice to see a revised up-to-date edition, that also takes other media into consideration, such as music, games and the internet, in addition to what has been released since its original release. But this edition still remains a must-have for anyone who is interested in learning more of where the vampire myth comes form, what makes it fascinating, and so forth. This book is definitely a serious addition to anyone who's interested in all-things vampire!

  • Jonathan
    2018-11-29 00:05

    This book is an excellent resource for serious researchers, fans, and writers who appreciate the realm of horror, the cultural phenomenon of vampires, or culture, in general. This reference contains many entries related to cultural works related to the vampire mythology, legends, and lore, but there is a good amount of research on the less fantastic environment in which these myths, legends, and lore have been borne and thriving.

  • BurgendyA
    2018-12-14 22:13

    This is one of the greatest book of everything you need to know about Vampires. Their storie, myths, authors, films and alot of interesting sources. All very awesome. So I give it 10 stars & 2 thumbs up. If you're a true vampire fanatic? You'll totally loveVampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. =)~

  • Jamie Siemsen
    2018-12-06 18:53

    Deffs a good book to own if you like vampires. It has fun facts, insightful descriptions, and much much more about all of your favorite vampire stories. To be honest, I have not read thee entire book. lol. Who would have the time? This thing is gargantuan!!

  • Lamadia
    2018-11-17 22:16

    It's more of a reference book, so I've only read parts of it, but he leaves no stone unturned. Anything that has any relation to vampire myths, movies, folklore, books, places, and people is in here. There are even entries on medieval vampire hunters. This is extremely encompassing.

  • Max
    2018-11-29 18:11

    in this book you can read anything from Dracula, Vlad The Impapler, Carmilla, Lilth and the history of all vampires and where they live. mostly Transylvania. you should read this book if you love vampires and anything to do with mythology or the supernatrual!

  • Hannah
    2018-11-27 23:17

    I bought this for a research paper on vampires. It was very helpful and interesting.

  • Stu
    2018-11-27 23:22

    Riddled with mistakes, but still the most complete compendium on the subject. Take it with a grain of salt, but take it nonetheless.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-21 20:20

    Do you love the undead? Then you must own it! Has lots of juicy vampire tid bits inside <3

  • K.V. Witten
    2018-12-08 16:00

    If you're a fan of vampires in general, this should be in your library. An exhaustive reference to all things vampire.

  • Dave Analog
    2018-11-25 16:13

    the most thorough book of vampires on screen and otherwise. a MUST HAVE.

  • Marcus Crawford
    2018-11-22 21:19

    Notice there is no twilight bs in this. :-)

  • Mae
    2018-12-10 16:00

    1. Melton, J. Gordon. The vampire book: the encyclopedia of the undead. Completely revamped, fully rev. and expanded ed., 2nd ed. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999. Print.2. ISBN 157859071X 13.983. The Vampire Book - Book Verdict April 1, 2011http://bookverdict.com/details.xqy?ur...4. WH1a5. This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of vampire lore. It has more than 800 entries in alphabetical order ranging from directors and actors in vampire film to the historical origins of the vampire myth. The best part about this book is the resources section in the back of the book that details societies, books, and websites that can be referenced for further study. This book can be selected based on authority as the author is a distinguished professor of american religious history at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. It can also be chosen on scope as it is an in depth study that is relatively inexpensive when compared to its value to the collection. It will fill a gap as there are no other non-fiction vampire books in the collection, but a sustained interest in the subject. I would put this in the hands of a student who has made 2 or 3 checkouts in the vampire / horror genre, but demonstrates an interest in history. Perhaps for a student who enjoys vampire movies but hasn’t yet ventured into the literature would enjoy this book as a seque. It provides a catalog of references for a variety of vampire resources and this may provide a path for further study.

  • Mae Craddock
    2018-12-07 22:17

    This is a comprehensive encyclopedia of vampire lore. It has more than 800 entries in alphabetical order ranging from directors and actors in vampire film to the historical origins of the vampire myth. The best part about this book is the resources section in the back of the book that details societies, books, and websites that can be referenced for further study. The author is a distinguished professor of american religious history at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. I would put this in the hands of a high school student who has made 2 or 3 checkouts in the vampire / horror genre, but demonstrates an interest in history. Perhaps for a student who enjoys vampire movies but hasn’t yet ventured into the literature would enjoy this book as a seque. It provides a catalog of references for a variety of vampire resources and this may provide a path for further study.

  • Joe Albanese
    2018-12-08 20:57

    I read all 800 pages of this thing, so I know it has everything you would want to know about vampires, from folklore about "real" vampires around the world to vampires in entertainment, at least up until 1998. It would have been easier to follow all the folklore in more of a chronological order, but the encyclopedia format makes research on a specific topic much easier. I would have liked a little more information on some topics and a little less information on others (I know way too much about Dark Shadows now), but overall it is great for anyone with a love or fascination with all things vampire.

  • Desiree M ~*~*~ LiveReadCollect
    2018-11-28 19:14

    This is full of a lot of information about various vampires from novels, movies, tv, etc. which for someone like me who loves vampires and other paranormal creatures it's a great book to have in my collection. However in my edition (I don't know if it's been fixed yet) there's a mistake that bugs me, probably more than it should, because I'm a huge BtVS fan. In the Angel/Angelus section they mentioned his homeland to be Greece, it's not, most BtVS fans know he's from Ireland. With that info being wrong I don't put much stock in the rest of what is in here. Despite that though it's still an interesting and fun read.

  • Jason M.
    2018-11-24 19:05

    Pretty much everything you wanna know about vampires is in here. Books and movies and music about vampires; oldworld tales about vampires; case studies about whackjobs who THOUGHT they were vampires: yeah, it's all here. There have been many revised editions, and maybe they'll keep updating it forever. Maybe they've stopped updating it, and it's no longer the supreme resource on bloodsuckers. Well, even so...it's pretty damn extensive.

  • Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
    2018-12-07 19:12

    I'm all for books that attempt to throw a bunch of vampire information together. It makes it a lot easier for research, should you need that kind of thing. I felt like this book picked only the biggest things, i.e shows, movies, books, and didn't give enough information on some of the more important pieces but lesser known. It had potential to be so much better.

  • ʍous ƃuıʞ
    2018-11-18 16:17

    Excellent source for simple fast look-ups on vampire related questions. The little flipbook style animation of the bat on the corner is amusing as well. Its not dependable for in depth or very fringe questions... but for the mainstream curiosities this book provides answers.

  • Molly
    2018-11-28 20:02

    This is a fascinating look at all things vampire. Whether you're interested in the folk stories behind vampire, the most popular (pre-Twilight) vampire books/movies/television shows this is a great resource to have.

  • Jelena
    2018-11-20 17:05

    amazing history from the balkans to where the first vampire was originated from. Entertaining and educational.

  • Vanlilith
    2018-11-29 17:21

    A great Encyclopedia of Vampires ^_^ - Found in Beijing at Bookworm library (http://www.beijingbookworm.com/) and read drinkin' a lot of american (bad)coffee ^_^

  • Lenette Graham
    2018-11-15 16:14

    Thanks to my best friend ShaKishaBoo for this book! She saw it and knowing how much I love vampires, thought of me!

  • Voiceofmadness
    2018-11-20 17:58

    There was so much information... it really was a dictionary. It has pictures, dates, films, novels, myths. You name it, it's in here. Wonderful read for any vampire lover!

  • William
    2018-12-12 00:18

    good book