From the earliest days of oral history to brightly illuminated modern times, the vampire myth persists among mankind's deeply rooted fears. This encyclopedia, with entries ranging from ""Abchanchu"" to ""Zmeus,"" catalogs nearly 600 different species of historical and mythological vampires, fully described and detailed. This is a cultural resource tool as well as literary entertainment.
Theresa Bane, a professional vampirologist, has appeared on the Discovery Channel's "Twisted Histories: Vampires" and "William Shatner's Weird or What" for her expertise on the undead and is the author of other books on unusual phenomena. She lives in Staunton, Virginia.