Title: Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night
Author: Bob Curran
Publisher: Career Press
Publication Date: 24th April 2012 (2005)
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / Folklore
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Vampires is a unique, lavishly illustrated work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore, ranging from countries as diverse as Japan, Sweden and Ireland, looking at their historical origins, and setting them in their cultural context. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This is a really great resource for any vampire fan out there.
This book looks at vampire myths and tales from all around the world and presents them in this handy 'field guide'. Some of the tales I was familiar with, but others were new to me and were very interesting to read.
Another strong point with this book is the selection of great illustrations throughout. And, for a change, they didn't even slow the scrolling on my Kobo - a very pleasant surprise. A good index at the back helps you navigate if you are looking for something particular; otherwise you can just browse.
The only downside was a lack of references for further reading.
In conclusion: a good selection of varied tales from all corners of the globe; lovely illustrations; a must-read for vampire fans.