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The Encyclopedia of Hell

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The Encyclopedia of Hell is a comprehensive survey of the underworld, drawing information from cultures around the globe and eras throughout history. Organized in a simple-to-use alphabetic format, entries cover representations of the dark realm of the dead in mythology, religion, works of art, opera, literature, theater, music, film, and television. Sources include Africa ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 30th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1998)
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Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The title sums this up pretty well; short entries on various infernal subjects, arranged alphabetically. Theological concepts, mythological characters and stories, art, poetry, film, theater, opera and just about everything else having to do with the down side of the after life gets covered within, although the attention Van Scott decides to give each subject is sometimes curious. For example, about two pages are spent summarizing the plot of the popular film Beetlejuice, while the native Hawaii ...more
Jul 25, 2008 rated it liked it
A to Z of the underworld. What more can you ask for? (Didn't ever finish it though. Good for reference, not so great for an afternoon read.)
Melissa Turner
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It is what is says it is.
Ilana Waters
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Good inspiration for your darker works (if you're a writer) or your darker moods (if you're a reader). You know what struck me most? How everyone���s version of hell is different.
Mahmood Sherwani
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i luv satanic..and hellish stench...
Matt Marro
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Sort of a silly book; purchased more for shock/kitsch value than anything else. Useful if you need to know anything about hell; includes an entry on heavy metal music.
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Miriam Van Scott is the author of the new series SHAKESPEARE GOES POP - which re-imagines famous movie, television, sports, newsmakers and other quotes in Elizabethan style. The first volume, Hollywood Edition, also offers "Who Said It Better?" match ups pitting quips from the Bard against Kanye West, David Spade, Jerry Seinfeld and other celebrities on various themes. Volume 2, Sports Edition, co ...more