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Creatures of the Night: In Search of Ghosts, Vampires, Werewolves and Demons

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Intrigued by some of the most sinister legends of Western civilization, Gregory Reece goes in search of answers to the question: why is our culture so obsessed by the eerie and the macabre? Why have the Twilight and True Blood series skyrocketed in popularity, with millions of readers and primetime television and movie adaptations? Whether tracking night-stalking werewolve ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2012)
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Edwina Hall Callan
I don't like the comic book cover of this book as I find it very misleading about what this book is about.
The Author goes in search of Ghosts, Vampires, Werewolves, Demons, and Satanists.
This book is a History lesson, mixed with scary movies, mixed with facts and fables, mixed with creepy and sometimes downright silly. (He thinks "The Amityville Horror" is true even though it was revealed to be a hoax years ago. Research, dude.)
This book touches on everything from "The Wizard of Oz" to Aleister
I disagree with the other review. The author approached the modern vampires/werewolves/satanists in a scholarly fashion, i.e. he took what they said at face value and presented them as though what they said was at least true to them. That's not the same thing as believing them, or "pretending to believe" them. He has a PhD in religious studies, so I doubt he takes any religion seriously except in a scholarly way.

If you've read a lot about these sorts of topics you're not going to find anything n
Steve Wiggins
Fun, but somewhat serious look at paranormal creatures. A liminal book, not quite science, and not quite fiction. A creepy romp through territory best not walked alone. See more at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
In this very brief book, Reece explores things which frighten us and how they are depicted in literature and cinema.

On the whole it is very well researched and I learnt a lot of things, but I found the writing style a bit mawkish at times and transitions from one topic to another are very messily executed. If you are a beginner to the world of vampires and werewolves etc, then this is the best place to start.

Plus it felt rather creepy reading this with a storm outside.
So, this book was already at a disadvantage with me because it's a fairly slim volume on a topic that I already know lots about, and there was very little new here; but it completely lost me when it started taking things like people who actually want to be vampires and werewolves (as opposed to people who occasionally like to pretend that they're vampires and werewolves) seriously. All of the modern day vampire/werewolf/exorcist/satanist parts seemed grafted on, cursory, and mostly stupid, like, ...more
Ruben Monteiro
Probably the worse book that I ever read. It' was some good trivia details, but besides that, it's a drag.
Soukyan Blackwood
Such a vast topic and such a narrow book...
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