Encyclopedia of the Vampire

The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture

by S. T. Joshi, Editor


As the astounding popularity of the Twilight series has proven once again, the terror and romance of the vampire legend continue to cast a supernatural spell over mere mortals. From Bram Stoker's 1897 classic Dracula to F. W. Murnau's 1922 silent film Nosferatu to the most recent Hollywood blockbusters, vampires haunt our folklore, bookshelves, and movie theaters.

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November 2010


Pages 453
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Popular Culture/General

An exhaustive work covering the full range of topics relating to vampires, including literature, film and television, and folklore.

Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture is a comprehensive encyclopedia relating to all phases of vampirism—in literature, film, and television; in folklore; and in world culture. Although previous encyclopedias have attempted to chart this terrain, no prior work contains the depth of information, the breadth of scope, and the up-to-date coverage of this volume.

With contributions from many leading critics of horror and supernatural literature and media, the encyclopedia offers entries on leading authors of vampire literature (Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer), on important individual literary works (Dracula and Interview with the Vampire), on celebrated vampire films (the many different adaptations of Dracula, the Twilight series, Love at First Bite), and on television shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel). It also covers other significant topics pertaining to vampires, such as vampires in world folklore, humorous vampire films, and vampire lifestyle.


  • Nearly 240 A–Z entries on all aspects of vampirism
  • Photographs and illustrations of vampire films, television shows, and other matters relating to vampires
  • Brief bibliographies referring the reader to secondary sources on individual entries
  • A general bibliography of scholarship on vampires


  • Provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date encyclopedia on vampires ever assembled, including books, films, and other material coming out in 2009 and 2010
  • Covers vampires in folklore and world culture, as well as in literature, film, and television
  • Compiles the work of 41 contributors, including many of the leading authorities on supernatural literature, film, and folklore
  • Engages readers with entries written in a lively, accessible manner
Author Info

S. T. Joshi is a widely published literary critic and editor. He is coeditor of Greenwood's Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia and editor of Greenwood's Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Horror Writers Association Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.



"This volume is good for information about the living dead in myth, legend, and popular culture from the past through today. . . . High schools and public libraries where patrons are interested in learning more about vampires will benefit from adding this to their holdings."Library Journal

"A useful starting point for a student in a literature or film course doing a paper on vampires. Larger public libraries and academic libraries will want to consider it for purchase."Booklist

"This is an authoritative and substantial overview of an increasingly complex topic. . . "Magonian Review of Books

"This is a useful purchase for libraries with a particular thirst for this immensely popular subject. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers."Choice

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