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Taylor, Joules
Adult Nonfiction GR830.V3 T39 2009

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These well-designed and lavishly illustrated volumes will enjoy a wide readership if the popularity of Twilight, Harry Potter, and urban fantasy are any indication. Taylor (Celtic Messages) delves into the history and origins of vampires-focusing on their evolution, influences, variations, and habits. Material about onscreen vampires portrayed by Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella, Tom Cruise, and others is especially appealing and features eye-catching photos and posters. Izzard (who, like Taylor, has written on the paranormal) offers an eclectic and informative look at werewolves, their psychology, and depiction in legends, art, television, and movies. Both volumes are filled with solidly researched historical and cultural information, complemented by beautiful illustrations, movie stills, posters, and photographs as well as glossaries, bibliographies, and suggestions for further reading. Verdict Fans of related literature and film will be thrilled with these nicely presented cultural and historical overviews, which should ride on the current popularity of the subject matter and Halloween-related interest.-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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