Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Cannot Rest in Peace

Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Cannot Rest in Peace

Bob Curran, Ian Daniels


What lurks in the market within the fog? What was once that eerie sound in the dark? What flitted via on the finish of the road, simply past the farthest road lamp? From earliest occasions, stories of the stressed lifeless and their fellow guests have terrified mankind. even if round a distant campfire or in the course of a bustling urban, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that experience tormented humanity because the prehistoric darkness haven't long gone away—they nonetheless have the chronic to strike worry in our hearts.

Encyclopedia of the Undead strains these shadowy entities—vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and monsters—that lurk simply outdoors the variety of human imaginative and prescient and inhabit our so much scary stories. Drawing on quite a lot of ideals and literature, it strains those horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their impression upon the human psyche. during this e-book, background and terror combine to create the issues that lurk within the darkest corners of our minds. You'll locate unique descriptions of terrors from all around the world—from the mist-shrouded mountains of japanese Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands, from the darkish, stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined lifeless underneath the distant New England hills to the darkish magics that lurk underneath the thriving, vibrant floor of a urban like New Orleans. as well as the extra traditional creatures, Encyclopedia of the Undead additionally information many of the extra vague issues that gnaw on the edges of men's minds—Incubi and Succubi, the Mara, and the darkish legends that experience inspired writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H.P. Lovecraft. it is a e-book for all people who are drawn to the darker aspect of the human mind—the part that examines or even embraces these ideals and imaginings that shape the foundation of our so much archetypical fears. this is often the e-book for these courageous adequate to plumb the depths of our worst nightmares!

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