My Reference Collection

Many libraries have a section of reference works, set aside from the main collection. They tend to “include dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, almanacs, bibliographies, and catalogs (e.g. catalogs of libraries, museums or the works of individual artists)” (“Reference Work” 2013). They’re very handy if you want to look up quick information.

I recently applied the concept to my own vampire book collection (mostly non-fiction), setting aside the vampire bibliographies, dictionaries and encyclopedias from my other vampire books:

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Whenever I need a quick summary of a subject, there it is. It helped out when I wrote the Hallowe’en post for this blog (Hogg 2013b) and needed a quote from Melton’s vampire encyclopedia. If you’re curious, here’s what my reference section currently features. They’re not filed by reference work type, but by author. I’ve also mentioned whether they’re paperbacks (Pbk) or hardbacks (Hbk).

  1. Altner, Patricia. Vampire Readings: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998. Pbk.
  2. Bane, Theresa. Actual Factual: Dracula, a Compendium of Vampires. Randleman, NJ: NeoDeo Press, 2007. Hbk.
  3. Bane, Theresa. Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. Hbk.
  4. Bunson, Matthew. Vampire: The Encyclopædia. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993. Pbk.
  5. Carter, Margaret L. Shadow of a Shade: A Survey of Vampirism in Literature. New York: Gordon Press, 1975. Hbk.
  6. Carter, Margaret L., ed. The Vampire in Literature: A Critical Bibliography. Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1989. Hbk.
  7. Cheung, Theresa. The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires. London: Harper Element, 2009. Pbk.
  8. Cox, Greg. The Transylvanian Library: A Consumer’s Guide to Vampire Fiction. Edited by Daryl F. Mallett. San Bernardino, Transylvania [CA]: Borgo Press, 1993. Pbk.
  9. Delmas, Marie-Charlotte. Petit lexique des vampires. Paris: Syros, 2000. Pbk.
  10. Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters. New York: Checkmark Books, 2005. Pbk.
  11. Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves. 2nd ed. New York: Checkmark Books, 2011. Pbk.
  12. Haining, Peter. A Dictionary of Vampires. London: Robert Hale, 2000. Hbk.
  13. Joshi, S. T., ed. Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2011. Hbk.
  14. Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1994. Pbk.
  15. Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 2nd ed. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999. Pbk.
  16. Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 2nd ed. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999. Hbk.
  17. Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 3rd ed. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 2011. Pbk.
  18. Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Gallery: A Who’s Who of the Undead. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1998. Pbk.
  19. Pozzuoli, Alain. La bible Dracula : dictionnaire du vampire. Paris: Le Pré aux clercs, 2010. Pbk.
  20. Pozzuoli, Alain. Dracula (1897-1997) : guide du centenaire. Paris: Hermes, 1996. Pbk.
  21. Ramsland, Katherine. The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993. Pbk.
  22. Ramsland, Katherine. The Vampire Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Rev. ed. New York: Ballantine Books, 1995. Pbk.
  23. Riccardo, Martin V. Vampires Unearthed: The Complete Multi-Media Vampire and Dracula Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1983. Hbk.
  24. Ronecker, Jean-Paul. Encyclopædia vampirica : encyclopédie illustrée des vampires. Agnières: Éditions le Temps présent, 2009. Pbk.
  25. Skal, David J. V Is for Vampire: An A to Z Guide to Everything Undead. New York: Plume, 1996. Pbk.
  26. Villeneuve, Roland, and Jean-Louis Degaudenzi. Le musée des vampires. Paris: Henri Veyrier, 1976. Pbk.

If you’d like to see the other books I have in my collection, check out my LibraryThing catalogue.

Just a few notes on the reference collection. I had no idea Theresa Cheung’s The Element of Encyclopedia of Vampires (2009) was filled plagiarism, when I bought it. It’s inaccuracies were bad enough. Either way, I’ve helped ensure its content theft is common knowledge now (Hogg 2013a). I even wrote a (brief) review of the book for Amazon yesterday (Hogg 2013c).

If you’re wondering why I have two copies of the second edition of Melton’s The Vampire Book (1999), that was a mistake on my part. When I saw an eBay listing for the hardback version, it had no edition statement—and I’d never seen the cover before. I thought it was the (then) upcoming third edition (Hogg 2010). The only difference between the second edition’s paperback and hardback version—is the cover, itself. Don’t bother getting it unless you’re a completist of some persuasion.

References

Hogg, Anthony. 2013a. “The Element Encyclopedia of Plagiarism?” The Vampirologist, September 26. https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-element-encyclopedia-of-plagiarism/.

———. 2013b. “Happy Halloween!” The Vampirologist, October 31. https://thevampirologist.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/happy-halloween/.

———. 2013c. “It Coulda Been a Contender.” Review of The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires, by Theresa Cheung. Amazon, November 3. Accessed November 4, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/review/R2RRGKAUJQEETU/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0007312792&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=.

———. 2010. “New Additions and Editions.” Diary of an Amateur Vampirologist, September 21. http://doaav.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/new-additions-and-editions.html.

“Reference Work.” 2013. Wikipedia, last modified August 9, at 05:33. Accessed November 1, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_work.

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