By Bob Curran, Ian Daniels
What lurks available in the market within the fog? What used to be that eerie sound in the dark? What flitted by means of on the finish of the road, simply past the farthest highway lamp? From earliest occasions, stories of the stressed useless and their fellow guests have terrified mankind. no matter if round a distant campfire or in the midst of a bustling urban, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that experience tormented humanity because the prehistoric darkness haven't long gone away—they nonetheless have the persistent to strike worry in our hearts.
Encyclopedia of the Undead lines these shadowy entities—vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and monsters—that lurk simply outdoor the diversity of human imaginative and prescient and inhabit our so much scary stories. Drawing on quite a lot of ideals and literature, it lines those horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their influence upon the human psyche. during this publication, historical past and terror combine to create the issues that lurk within the darkest corners of our minds. You'll locate targeted descriptions of terrors from everywhere in the world—from the mist-shrouded mountains of japanese Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands, from the darkish, stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined lifeless underneath the distant New England hills to the darkish magics that lurk underneath the thriving, vibrant floor of a urban like New Orleans. as well as the extra traditional creatures, Encyclopedia of the Undead additionally info a number of the extra vague issues that gnaw on the edges of men's minds—Incubi and Succubi, the Mara, and the darkish legends that experience prompted writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H.P. Lovecraft. it is a e-book for all people who are attracted to the darker facet of the human mind—the part that examines or even embraces these ideals and imaginings that shape the root of our so much archetypical fears. this is often the publication for these courageous sufficient to plumb the depths of our worst nightmares!
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