Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil

Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman, Citadel, $16.95 paper (384p) ISBN 978-0-8065-2821-2
Maberry (Marvel Zombies Return) and thriller writer Bashman's closeup look at the inevitable battle between good and evil spans decades upon decades of rich monster history, beginning with the definition of evil itself. Illustrations and interviews with top publishing, film, and comic industry names, such as Stan Lee, Jason Aaron, John Carpenter, add depth and intellect to a gripping and informative work. Lists of top villains and horror genre movies serve as appendixes and added entertainment value. Encyclopedic chapter insets offer bits and pieces of information and history on subjects ranging from the "Necronomicon" (the Lovecraftian "ancient and evil book of sorcery") to ghosts and the definition of fear: "In modern speech the word ‘fear' refers to emotions; but in Old English ‘faer' refers to the specific ‘peril or danger' and not the emotional reaction." With its presentation of the story of evil through straight history, factual tidbits, and pop culture, this book is the horror genre fan's best friend. No stone is left unturned in Maberry and Bashman's fantastic and inventive approach to the world's oldest war. 8 pages of color and 40 b&w images. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/09/2010
Release date: 09/01/2010
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