Bob Curran – Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to Creatures That Cannot Rest in Peace
From earliest times, tales of the restless dead and their fellow travelers have terrified mankind Whether around a remote campfire or in the middle of a bustling city, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that have tormented humanity since the prehistoric darkness haven’t gone away – they still have the power to strike fear in our hearts
Encyclopedia of the Undead traces those shadowy entities – vampires, werewolves, ghouls and monsters – that lurk just outside the range of human vision and inhabit our most frightening tales Drawing on a wide range of beliefs and literature, it traces these horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their impact upon the human psyche In this book, history and terror mix to create the things that lurk in the darkest corners of our minds
You’ll find detailed descriptions of terrors from all over the world – from the mist-shrouded mountains of Eastern Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands, from the dark, stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined dead beneath the remote New England hills to the dark magics that lurk beneath the thriving, colorful surface of a city like New Orleans In addition to the more conventional creatures, Encyclopedia of the Undead also details some of the more obscure Things that gnaw at the edges of men’s minds – Incubi and Succubi, the Mara, and the dark legends that have influenced writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H P Lovecraft
This is a book for all those who are interested in the darker side of the human mind – the side that examines and even embraces those beliefs and imaginings that form the basis of our most archetypical fears This is the book for those brave enough to plumb the depths of our worst nightmares!
Dr Bob Curran lives and works in the North of Ireland, a place that is haunted by myth, legend and folktales Over the years, he has studied the dark and sinister, both in his own land and in places beyond A psychologist and a historian, he has written and lectured extensively on the arcane and the mysterious He is the author of Vampires and Celtic Lore & Legend (both from New Page Books)