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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The White Devilby Matthew Beresford

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 24.95

    From Ovid?s Lycaon to Professor Lupin, from Teen Wolf to An American Werewolf in Paris , the lycanthrope, or werewolf, comes to us frequently on the page and the silver screen. These interpretations often display lycanthropy as a curse, with the afflicted person becoming an uncontrollable, feral beast during every full moon. But this is just one... 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...

  • Zombies Are Usby Christopher M. Moreman; Cory James Rushton

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    On the surface, the zombie seems the polar opposite of the human--they are the living dead; we, in essence, are the dying alive. But the zombie is also "us." Although decaying, it looks like us, dresses like us, and sometimes (if rarely) acts like us. In this volume, essays by scholars from a range of disciplines examine the zombie as a thematic... more...

  • 100 Birds and How They Got Their Namesby Diana Wells; Lauren Jarrett

    Algonquin Books 2001; US$ 15.95

    How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah's Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike.... more...

  • The Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publicsby Karin Barber

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 32.00

    A thought-provoking study of the relationship between verbal and oral texts and their role in society. more...

  • Beanstalk and Beyond, The: Developing Critical Thinking Through Fairy Talesby Joan Wolf

    ABC-CLIO 1997; US$ 27.00

    Use popular fairy tales and fairy-tale characters to help students develop problem-solving abilities, persuasive speaking, and creative writing skills. 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...

  • Breaking the Magic Spellby Jack Zipes

    The University Press of Kentucky 2002; US$ 25.00

    This revised, expanded, and updated edition of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the enduring power of fairy tales and the ways they invade our subjective world. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the importance of investigating oral folk tales in their socio-political context and traces their evolution into literary fairy... more...