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They Bite!: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators
THEY BITE!: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators is book of research written by Jonathan Maberry and David F. Kramer. The work covers many different supernatural beings famous in myth, literature and films. One chapter of this work is dedicated to Succubi and Incubi.
- Title: THEY BITE!: Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators
- Author: Jonathan Maberry and David F. Kramer
- Published By: Citadel Press
- Length: 320 Pages
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN-10: 0806528206
- ISBN-13: 978-0806528205
- Publishing Date: September 1, 2009
From the shadowy worlds of myth and legend. . .From the pages of bestsellers and the silver screen. . .They're searching for you. And they're hungry.
Every culture and country has its demons--and since earliest times we've tried to capture these supernatural predators through the power of storytelling. But they refuse to be tamed. . .
Join Bram Stoker Award winners Maberry and Kramer on a chilling journey into the nature of the beast. This compendium of creepy creatures tracks the monsters of our imagination from the whispered fireside tales of old to the books, comics, and films that keep us shivering on the edges of our seats with delight and fascination.
Biting commentaries by the modern masters of the macabre--John Carpenter, Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Holly Black, Kevin J. Anderson, Ray Garton, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Simon Clark, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and dozens of others--help make this the ultimate guidebook to the horrific roots and modern-day expressions of our darkest fears.
With 8 pages of color illustrations by leading artists of the supernatural
The following book review is from the Amazon.com link in the External Links below:
- 4 out of 5 stars
- Comprehensive listing of otherworldly scary creatures
- Reviewed On: April 30, 2010
- Reviewed By: Evelina
The book is divided into parts, one for vampires, one for dogs (of the demon variety), one for werewolves, etc. Each part begins with an essay on the history of how humans have viewed such creatures, taking in folklore, books, and movies. For instance, the chapter on vampires explains the differences between the traditional concepts and the changes wrought by Bram Stoker regarding the vampire legend. Following the essay, the different variations from all cultures are listed. Every culture has its version of a vampire, a werewolf, a Yeti type being, monsters, demons, devils. Every culture has a being that is the result of a terrible union between a human and some beast. Every culture has a flesh eaters and blood suckers.
This is not a scholarly work. It is aimed at a general audience. It is a good quick read and mentions a lot of contemporary authors of horror and monster fiction for those interested to look up. But it is also a good starting point for researchers.
My only complaint is that the authors did not mention the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling makes extensive use of the monsters and other creatures found in folklore. The authors did include a brief appreciation of Tolkien. The part on dogs discusses Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Hound, noting that the hound was not actually otherworldly. Stephen King and Anne Rice are also featured. A little mention of Harry Potter would have been appreciated, although those books are not, strictly speaking, horror books.