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  • Thinking Deadby Murali Balaji

    Lexington Books 2013; US$ 89.99

    This eclectic mix of essays considers how the trope of the zombie apocalypse holds the key to understanding humans' constant struggle to form a stable identity in a changeable universe. The essays analyze media productions as varied as the YA romzomcom Warm Bodies , the video game Resident Evil 5 , the Chinese film The Note of Ghoul , and... more...

  • Transylvanian Vampiresby Adriana Groza

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 35.00

    Authentic vampire tales exist in Transylvanian folklore. Yet the Transylvanian vampire is nothing like the bloodthirsty Count of Bram Stoker's imagination or the romantic hero of popular fiction. The Romanian tradition comes from the villages, reflecting the norms of peasant life and wisdom embedded in age-old communities. This book consists of... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Placesby Theresa Bane

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 55.00

    The heavens and hells of the world's religions and the "far, far away" legends cannot be seen or visited, but they remain an integral part of culture and history. This encyclopedia catalogs more than 800 imaginary and mythological lands from all over the world, including fairy realms, settings from Arthurian lore, and kingdoms found in... more...

  • Anguli Maby Chi Vu

    Giramondo Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    Chi Vu takes the central figure in a traditional Buddhist folktale, a deranged killer who wears his victims’ fingers in a garland around his neck, and turns him into a menacing abbatoir worker who carries bloody chunks of meat home to his lodgings in plastic bags, in this suburban Gothic tale set in 1980s Melbourne, when the flight of Vietnamese... more...

  • Vampiresby Aubrey Sherman

    F+W Media 2014; US$ 16.99

    A thrilling treasury of vampire lore! Since the seventeenth century, people have been frightened, mesmerized, and fascinated by the terrifying tales of vampires. In this book, you'll uncover the history and mystery behind these bloodthirsty monsters with folklore, mythology, and poetry from every tradition in the world. From the Bosnian Lampir,... more...

  • Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Mythby June Pulliam; Anthony Fonseca

    ABC-CLIO 2014; US$ 89.00

    The proliferation of zombie-related fiction, film, games, events, and other media in the last decade would seem to indicate that zombies are "the new vampires" in popular culture. The editors and contributors of Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth took on the prodigious task of covering all aspects of the phenomenon,... more...

  • Here Comes A Chopper to Chop Off Your Head - The Dark Side of Childhood Rhymes & Storiesby Liz Evers

    John Blake Publishing 2014; US$ 10.19

    Today?s parents are increasingly replacing nursery rhymes with the latest pop songs, and fairy tales now thought too scary for little ones with cute stories about farmyard animals and talking trains. Until recently, weird tales of fairy curses and flesh-eating ogres were considered suitable bedtime reading. And the strange-sounding and sometimes... more...

  • How to Make a Zombieby Frank Swain

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 15.95

    The search for the means to control the bodies and minds of our fellow humans has been underway for millennia, from the sleep-inducing honeycombs that felled Pompey's army to the famous voodoo potions of Haiti. But recently, science has taken up the quest. Science punk Frank Swain digs into the reality of zombies: dog heads brought back to life without... more...

  • Trollsby John Lindow

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 27.00

    Trolls lurk under bridges waiting to eat children, threaten hobbits in Middle-Earth, and invade the dungeons of Hogwarts. Often they are depicted as stupid, slow, and ugly creatures, but they also appear as comforting characters in some children?s stories or as plastic dolls with bright, fuzzy hair. Today, the name of this fantastic being from Scandinavia... more...

  • The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Centerby Edward P. Comentale; Aaron Jaffe

    Indiana University Press 2014; US$ 25.99

    They have stalked the horizons of our culture, wreaked havoc on moribund concepts of dead and not dead, threatened our sense of identity, and endangered our personal safety. Now zombies have emerged from the lurking shadows of society?s fringes to wander the sacred halls of the academy, feasting on tender minds and hurling rot across our intellectual... more...