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

    ABC-CLIO 2008; US$ 50.00

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Undinesby William R. Mistele

    North Atlantic Books 2011; US$ 18.95

    Undines?from the Latin root unda, which means ?wave?? are water elementals, or spirits of the water world. Like their fellow elementals?salamanders (fire), sylphs (air), and gnomes (earth)?undines are united with, and personify, their element. First mentioned in the alchemical works of medieval botanist Paracelsus, undines appear throughout European... 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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  • The Irresistible Fairy Taleby Jack Zipes

    Princeton University Press 2012; US$ 19.95

    If there is one genre that has captured the imagination of people in all walks of life throughout the world, it is the fairy tale. Yet we still have great difficulty understanding how it originated, evolved, and spread--or why so many people cannot resist its appeal, no matter how it changes or what form it takes. In this book, renowned fairy-tale... more...

  • The Mammoth Book of Lost Symbolsby Nadia Julien

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 11.65

    Humanity has always used symbols-material objects used to denote difficult, abstract concepts-to describe thoughts and feelings, or to protect secret truths from common knowledge. This concise A-Z guide is a fascinating work of reference that brings to light all the symbols and symbolisms of the world, many aspects of which have been lost to time,... more...

  • Runic Amulets and Magic Objectsby Mindy MacLeod; Bernard Mees

    Boydell & Brewer 2006; US$ 90.00

    A fresh examination of one of the most contentious issues in runic scholarship - magical or not? more...