Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies Compendium Monstrum
I received a little black book in the mail a couple of weeks ago. It’s small, not bulky – a simple-looking book on the outside but with a title that is so intriguing I had to open it immediately: Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies Compendium Monstrum. As soon as I opened it, I was hard-pressed to put it down. The inside of the book is so different from the outside that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The pages are crisp, and thick, but yellowed so that they appear aged, and hand-drawn sketches dot the pages with depictions of vampires, zombies, and werewolves.
I have to admit, I’m always a little skeptical about new books that claim to be resources of information on werewolves…or even vampires. They often take a comedic approach to the subject. But this book is different…it’s a new condensed field guide about vampires, werewolves, and zombies that is pocket-size, has fold-out maps, and is packed with great info – but doesn’t overdo it by providing too much information – in other words, this book is really cool. The book brings to mind something an explorer or adventurer would use, and even has pages in the back to record sightings and observations!
Each section starts with a fold-out map of sightings, and goes on to describe the legends, history, and mythology of the creature. Of course, one of the first things I did was check out the section on werewolves – and it did not disappoint! The section starts with a really nice world map showing were-sighting locations. It then goes on to give background information on werewolves in literature and history, including a few documented sightings which is often an area that many books overlook. The book also has a nice section in the back which gives you sources where you can find more information to build upon this “comendium” or “brief treatment” of information on any of the three creatures.
Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies Compendium Monstrum by Suzanne Schwalb & Margaret Rubiano – it’s on my bookshelf, and sometimes packed in my bag. 😉