Imprint :New Page Books
Publication Date :12/09/2005
Total Pages :312
Dimensions :178 x 254
Author :Bob Curran
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UNDEAD
A Field Guide to Creatures That Cannot Rest In Peace
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From earliest times tales of the restless dead and their fellow travellers have terrified mankind. Whether around a remote campfire or in the middle of a bustling city the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that have tormented humanity since the prehistoric darkness haven’t gone away – they still have the power to strike fear in our hearts. ENCYLOPEDIA OF THE UNDEAD traces those shadowy entities -vampire’s werewolf’s ghouls and monsters – that lurk just outside the range of human vision and inhabit our most frightening tales. Drawing on a wide range of beliefs and literature it traces those horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their impact upon the human psyche.
In this book history and terror mix to create the things that lurk in the darkest corners of our minds. You’ll find detailed descriptions of terrors from all over the world-from the mist-shrouded mountains of Eastern Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands from the dark stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined dead beneath the remote New England hills to the dark magics that lurk beneath the thriving colourful surface of a city like New Orleans. In addition to the more conventional creatures ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UNDEAD also details some of the more obscure things that gnaw at the edges of men’s minds-Incubi and Succubi the Mara and the dark legends that have influenced writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H.P. Lovecraft.
About the Author
Dr. Bob Curran was born and raised in a remote mountain area of County Down in Northern Ireland. Leaving school at 14, he worked in a number of jobs and travelled extensively in many countries before returning home to settle down. Later, he went to University where he obtained degrees in education, history and educational psychology. Married with a family he continues to live in Northern Ireland.Read more