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  • 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...

  • Vampires' Most Wantedby Laura L. Enright

    Potomac Books Inc. 2011; US$ 6.95

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  • Playing Deadby Montana Miller

    Utah State University Press 2012; US$ 25.95

    As the Grim Reaper pulls a student out of class to be a “victim” of drunk driving in a program called “Every 15 Minutes,” Montana Miller observes the ritual through a folklorist’s lens. Playing Dead examines why hundreds of American schools and communities each year organize these mock tragedies without any national... more...

  • The Green Man in Britainby Fran Doel; Geoff Doel

    The History Press 2013; US$ 18.94

    The Green Man has many facets, many dimensions. He peers through his leaf mask in hundreds of church misericords and stone carvings. His innate link with the changing seasons and fertility is revealed in the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and in summer folk customs such as Jack in the Green, the Castleton Garland and the Burry Man. more...

  • Imaginary Animalsby Boria Sax

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 39.00

     Fire-breathing dragons, beautiful mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogs—these fantastic creatures have long excited our imagination. Medieval authors placed them in the borders of manuscripts as markers of the boundaries of our understanding. Tales from around the world place these beasts in deserts, deep woods, remote... more...

  • The Power of the Bullby Michael Rice

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    Everyone has heard of the Minotaur in the labyrinth on Crete and many know that the Greek gods would adopt the guise of a bull to seduce mortal women. But what lies behind these legends? The Power of the Bull discusses mankind's enduring obsession with bulls. The bull is an almost universal symbol throughout Indo-European cultures. Bull cults proliferated... more...

  • Dictionary of Plant Loreby D.C. Watts

    Elsevier Science 2007; US$ 63.95

    Knowledge of plant names can give insight into largely forgotten beliefs. For example, the common red poppy is known as "Blind Man" due to an old superstitious belief that if the poppy were put to the eyes it would cause blindness. Many plant names derived from superstition, folk lore, or primal beliefs. Other names are purely descriptive and can serve... more...