Ok ok, it may not be the most expensive werewolf book ever, but it’s definitely the most expensive I have ever seen, that’s for damn sure. The book is The Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, the second edition. The first edition of this book came out a few years ago and costs about $16, but this upcoming second edition costs – wait for it – $85! Seriously, the second edition of this werewolf encyclopedia, which hits stores June 30, costs an insane $85! Damn. Here’s a look at what that money will buy you:
“The Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves, Second Edition provides more than 500 entries exploring the supernatural aspects of these creatures and their pop culture counterparts. Entries describe supposed true historical accounts, how vampires and werewolves come into existence, beliefs about vampires and werewolves, and real-life creatures and cases that may have inspired their legends. The most popular fictional vampires from a range of media are discussed, along with the people who helped create them.
- Vampire and werewolf legends from many world cultures
- Discussions of vampires and werewolves in comic books, literature, movies, television, and other media
- Overviews of the most popular vampire and werewolf movies and television shows from Dracula and The Wolf Man to True Blood and Twilight
- Discussions of the most influential literature, such as Dracula, Dead Until Dark, Interview with a Vampire, and I Am Legend
- Biographies of key figures in vampire and werewolf literature and lore, including Lord Byron, Montague Summers, Bram Stoker, Richard Matheson, Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Elizabeth Miller, Stephenie Meyer, Vlad Tepes, and many others
- Actors who portrayed the most famous movie monsters, from Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr. to Christopher Lee and Robert Pattinson
- Real-life vampire and werewolf lifestyle subcultures.
Also included in this invaluable resource are more than 150 full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, suggestions for further reading, and a bibliography.”
Ok, yes that’s a LOT of information. It’s covering a wide variety of info on not only werewolves, but vampires as well, so I can understand a high price tag. But $85 is a bit too high. I want this book, but there’s no way in hell I am buying for that much. What about you guys?