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  • On Monstersby Stephen T. Asma

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 11.99

    Monsters. Real or imagined, literal or metaphorical, they have exerted a dread fascination on the human mind for many centuries. They attract and repel us, intrigue and terrify us, and in the process reveal something deeply important about the darker recesses of our collective psyche. Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual... more...

  • Meaning of Folkloreby Simon J. Bronner; Alan Dundes

    Utah State University Press 2007; US$ 34.95

    Compilation of Dundes's most important analytical work, including many widely unavailable essays. Edited by Simon Bronner. more...

  • Cinderellaby Judy Sierra

    ABC-CLIO 1992; US$ 44.00

    The stories of a Cinderella character go far beyond the familiar tales of Perrault and Grimm. Author Judy Sierra presents 24 versions that represent a broad range of cultures and geographical areas, styles, with variations on the theme of the persecuted heroine (or occasionally hero) who emerges victorious, regardless of the circumstances. Each version... more...

  • Snakes in Myth, Magic, and History: The Story of a Human Obsessionby Diane Morgan

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 55.00

    The snake is one of humankind's most powerful and ambiguous symbols: it has at various times represented immortality and death, male and female, deity and demon, circle and line, killer and healer, the highest wisdom and the deepest subconscious. By virtue of its mysterious movement, potent poison, fearful grip, unblinking gaze and lightning quick... more...

  • Vampiresby Peter Day

    Editions Rodopi 2006; US$ 72.80

    In the modern world vampires come in all forms: they can be perpetrators or victims, metaphors or monsters, scapegoats for sinfulness or mirrors of our own evil. What becomes obvious from the scope of the fifteen essays in this collection is that vampires have infiltrated just about every area of popular culture and consciousness. In fact, the way... more...

  • Picture Yourself Legend Trippingby Jeff Belanger

    Course Technology PTR 2010; US$ 24.99

    What is legend tripping? There’s a good chance you’ve already done it. Remember sneaking off into that cemetery at night as a kid to see if there were any ghosts? What about hearing there was a monster lurking in that old abandoned building and wanting to check it out? Or reading about a UFO landing site and wanting to plan your next vacation... more...

  • From Demons to Draculaby Matthew Beresford

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 24.95

    In blood-soaked lore handed down the centuries, the vampire is a monster of endless fascination: from Bram Stoker?s Dracula to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this seductive lover of blood haunts popular culture and inhabits our darkest imaginings. The cultural more...

  • Storytelling In Daily Lifeby Kristin Langellier; Eric Peterson

    Temple University Press 2011; US$ 30.95

    Storytelling is perhaps the most common way people make sense of their experiences, claim identities, and "get a life." So much of our daily life consists of writing or telling our stories and listening to and reading the stories of others. But we rarely stop to ask: what are these stories? How do they shape our lives? And why do they matter?The authors... more...

  • Berakhyah Ben Natronai ha-Nakdan, Sefer Ko?a? ha-Avanim (On the Virtue of the Stones). Hebrew Text and English Translation.by Gerrit Bos; Julia Zwink

    BRILL 2010; US$ 131.00

    The lore of the supposed magic and medical virtue of stones goes back to the Babylonians and peaks out in the lapidary literature of the Middle Ages. The famous work of Marbode of Rennes, which made lapidaries a very popular type of medieval scientific literature, was translated into numerous vernacular languages. The Jewish tradition, missing a particular... more...

  • Monster Spotter's Guide to North Americaby Scott Francis

    F+W Media 2007; US$ 14.99

    Like a bird-watching guide? only for monsters Monsters represent the dark side of humanity–the primal, animal impulses that reside in every single one of us. They have preyed upon our imaginations and our fears since the dawn of civilization. North America is home to a wide array of fearsome beasts, including hairy monsters, flying... more...