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The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires, An A-Z of the Undead by Theresa Cheung


The book is a beautifully thick 685 page tome that promises to examine the dark depths of the vampire world, separating the myth from the chilling reality. Undoubtedly if you were attacked by an undead creature you could probably knock it out by throwing the book at it, but there are much better methods included inside.

This is a very well researched and detailed reference book that you will find easy to dip in and out of, enjoying the content at your own pace. Covering every type of vampire fact, fiction, fantasy, myth and legend from the earliest vampire accounts to the latest Twilight film, the book also features tales of mortal blood-drinkers, vampire legends from cultures around the world, the vampire family tree, including ghosts, witches and werewolves and of course tips on how to find, identify and destroy a vampire. Opening the book on page within the H section we read about two 20th Century murderes, Fritz Haarmann, know as the vampire butcher of Hanover who murdered up to 50 people, leaving bite marks on his victims and John George Hay, the vampire of London. The section also features Laurell K. Hamilton, the author of the best selling Anita Blake novels, Hammer Horror films, the Hannya – a vampire-like demon possessed entity from Japanese folklore, Jonathon and Mina Harker – from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and details of the Highgate Vampire case. We could go on but we’d prefer to leave some things for the readers to discover for themselves!

The timeline covered reaches back to 1047 when a Russian prince was described as being an ‘Upir’ (an early form of the word Vampire), as well as covering details of the infamous Vlad the Impaler in 1476 and Elizabeth Bathory who in 1610 was arrested for killing hundreds of people and bathing in their blood.

The A-Z format is clear and concise with illustrations by Andy Paciorek throughout the pages, if we could pick a minor fault, (and it really is minor), it would be that the detailed illustrations could have been slightly larger, sometimes they feel a little lost on the pages. Regular visitors to Mysterious Britain will recognise Andy as one of our contributors, and his illustrations can be seen throughout many articles on the site.

No matter how deep the reader may be interested in the vampire or undead subject, we are convinced they will find something of value in The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires and it would make a great present. Theresa has an appealing writing style and a no nonsense approach that has kept us coming back for more.

So, we reckon you should lift the coffin lid and read everything you will ever need to know about the undead. Fangtastic!

Soft Bound, ISBN No. 978-0-00-731279-5.
Published by Harper Collins 2009
RRP £20.00

About the author:
Theresa Cheung was born into a family of psychics and astrologers. She gave her first public psychic reading at the age of 14 and has been involved in the serious study of the psychic world ever since. In addition to being a tarot reader, she has lectured and organized workshops on numerology, tarot, dreams, and other aspects of the psychic world. Theresa has contributed to magazines such as Red, She, Here’s Health, as well as MBS magazines such as Fate and Fortune. She is the author of over 25 health, popular psychology, and new age books including The Element Encyclopedia of 20,000 Dreams.

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I admire Theresa Cheung. I love to read her book, full of fantasy, some are fictoin but we can really relate to its story.I am sure it's going to take more than a few payday loans  to read all her books.

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How was Theresa Cheung able to provide "details of the Highgate Vampire case" in her encyclopedia when she has had no contact with those who seriously investigated the case, has not spoken to Seán Manchester (author of "The Highgate Vampire") and has not had access to the Vampire Research Society archive on the investigation at Highgate?

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Just because the author may not contacted the original investigators as primary sources does not mean she could not have researched the case and formulated her own opinion.  The Highgate case received a lot of media coverage and there have been books written about the events surrounding the experiences.

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Apart from a large chapter in The Vampire's Bedside Companion (1975) and The Highgate Vampire (1985 & 1991) by Seán Manchester, everything else on this topic is either second or third-hand.

Inaccurate press reports are not a reliable source and tend to be employed by those who have nothing else at hand. It is difficult to formulate an informed opinion if you have not examined first-hand records and spoken to someone actually involved. The exploitation books which include some reference to this case are grossly inaccurate from start to finish; even those written by so-called academics.

See: http://www.holygrail-church.fsnet.co.uk/RaisingDevil.htm

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 can i read d book

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Which book?

The Element book? The Gothic Press book?

A more pertinent question might perhaps be "can you read"?

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I found Theresa Cheung’s book The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires to be generally accurate about events surrounding the Highgate ‘vampire’ case – at least as these were catalogued by the Press and others.
One part she does get wrong about myself, however, is when she writes: “According to Farrant in his bestselling book on the subject Beyond the Highgate Vampire, Beyond the Highgate Vampire 1997, ley lines may be an important factor that has been completely left out of the Highgate equation. Ley lines are hypothetical alignments of a number of places of geographical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths, and Farrant claims that these lines can transmit psychic energy along their course and enable a vampire to materialize when the right conditions prevail” [Pg 289].
While this might be basically correct, Theresa, I did not actually say this applied tp ‘vampires’ (I do not even believe in them!) but to other forms of psychic energy and images commonly referred to as ‘ghosts’.
 
David Farrant, President,BPOS

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That being the case, Mr Farrant, please explain what you were doing at night in Highgate Cemetery holding a Christian cross and a wooden stake? This photograph appeared more than once in British newspapers. How did it come about?

Link: http://tinyurl.com/37j77f2

Your interview for 24 Hours (BBC), transmitted on 15 October 1970, showed you demonstrating your vampire stalking technique with a cross in one hand and a wooden stake in the other. You made it absolutely clear that you were a self-styled vampire hunter. This was also reflected in newspaper interviews you gave and reports about your vampire hunting activities throughout the same period.

Here are some links to just a small sample of the vast newspaper coverage of your vampire hunting activity at Highgate Cemetery. You are quoted describing your belief in vampires and how best to deal with them:

http://tinyurl.com/yawzb64

http://tinyurl.com/2ewz5uv

http://tinyurl.com/2woneky



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