Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures by Bob Curran, Ian Daniels

By Bob Curran, Ian Daniels

What lurks in the market within the fog? What used to be that eerie sound in the dark? What flitted by way of on the finish of the road, simply past the farthest highway lamp? From earliest occasions, stories of the stressed useless and their fellow travelers have terrified mankind. no matter if round a distant campfire or in the course of a bustling urban, the unquiet spirits and attendant creatures that experience tormented humanity because the prehistoric darkness haven't long past away—they nonetheless have the continual to strike worry in our hearts.

Encyclopedia of the Undead strains these shadowy entities—vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and monsters—that lurk simply open air the variety of human imaginative and prescient and inhabit our such a lot scary stories. Drawing on quite a lot of ideals and literature, it strains those horrors from their earliest recorded inceptions and charts their influence upon the human psyche. during this publication, heritage and terror combine to create the issues that lurk within the darkest corners of our minds. You'll locate distinct descriptions of terrors from all around the world—from the mist-shrouded mountains of jap Europe to the sweltering jungles of the Caribbean islands, from the darkish, stone-lined tombs of the uncoffined useless 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 information many 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 stimulated writers from Sheridan Le Fanu to H.P. Lovecraft. it is a booklet for all those people who are drawn to the darker part of the human mind—the part that examines or even embraces these ideals and imaginings that shape the foundation of our such a lot archetypical fears. this is often the publication for these courageous adequate to plumb the depths of our worst nightmares!

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Wenn ich merke, wie sich die feinstofflichen Energien um mich verändern, entspanne ich mich und öffne meinen Geist für die Gedanken derer, die sich mitzuteilen versuchen. Ich 56 wiederhole dem Ratsuchenden genau das, was ich empfange, ohne darüber nachzudenken oder zu versuchen, das Gesagte zu deuten. Auch wenn der Gedanke für mich keinen Sinn ergibt, versteht ihn der Klient in aller Wahrscheinlichkeit. Obwohl ich versuche, das Gehörte nicht zu analysieren, geschieht das manchmal unwillkürlich.

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