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  1.  (333.1)
    I'm looking for books that describe mythical and folkloric creatures and places, broken down by location.

    Basically, I'm hoping to find something that will tell me "These are what vampires were supposed to be like in Romania, and these are what they are like in Russia, and here in Russia these were some of the major gods and monsters in various religions, and this was the realm they were supposed to live in, and in South America there was..." An atlas, instead of an encyclopedia.

    The only book I've heard described like that is an out-of-print volume called Passport to the Supernatural that Mike Mignola's mentioned. I haven't yet come up with a search string that gives me anything likely on Amazon. Little help?
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
    I hate to be the "this isn't quite what you're looking for" guy, but Encyclopedia Of Monsters, by Daniel Cohen, might help you out?
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    Is it divided up by geographical area rather than alphabetically? Because alphabetical encyclopedias are all I've found so far. But if it's a particularly good one I'll check it out anyway.
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
    It's not, alas, it's by type: Land, sea, UFOs, etc. It's decent, rather than phenomenal.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007
    There are a couple from the 70s/80s, such as the World Atlas of Mysteries by Francis Hitching and I think Janet and Colin Bord did something similar too, but I don't think there's anything recent.

    If it's just vampires you're after, this is actually pretty comprehensive, and even though it's not complete, it should provide you with enough to google further.
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    Well, this is a popular kind of book at Middle Ages ("Bestiaries"). One of the most marvelous example of this medieval genre: the illuminated manuscript at Bodleian Library, Oxford. But there are other good examples, like this. Some modern bestiaries: Jorge Luis Borges The Book of Imaginary Beings and Cortazar's Bestiario. For a place bestiary, try Alberto Manguel's The Dictionary of Imaginary Places.
    • CommentAuthorElohim
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007
    Generally, I find that collecting smaller books about the mythic heritage of specific areas works better.

    If it's one creature you're interested in, you should probably get a guide to that one creature, as OddCult suggested.

    I've come across a few atlases in my time, but they're all very old, and will be out of print by now...
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    Manguel's book has some good stuff in it, and notations. As others have said, checking out more specific books might work better. We just took in some old books and pamphlets on vampires & werewolves in Eastern Europe that were full of great, very specific information about the legends and customs of such creatures. If I can find them at work today I will post the titles. I'll look through my own collection tonight and see if I have anything else to recommend (I am currently administering a final exam at the college I teach at).
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    I wonder if anyone has made a Google Maps plug-in for this...

    Quick search says NO - which is surprising. Hell there's even a plugin for Julian Cope's 'Modern Antiquarian" (a gazetteer of UK stone circles and other prechristian monuments, for those who don't know) but not for creatures. I'd suggest you take a long look at Google results from the key word 'cryptozoology".
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007 edited
    The Vampire Watcher's Handbook I got this a few years ago, and it has proven to be a fun read, as well as very informative on the myths and cultures of the areas the various vampires were said to inhabit. Also discusses, briefly, werewolves, white and black magic in the Central European tradition, Zombi, and a few other nasties.
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    Is that plugin easily attainable? I am working on something that requires some data on ancient monuments in the UK.
      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007 edited

    It's a Google Earth plugin, available for free download here:
    The book is also excellent. There's a sequel covering other European countries which I haven't read yet, The Megalithic European. Julian also says there'll be a book about the megalithic remnants in modern cities (working title "Let Me Speak to the Driver") but I dunno when that'll appear.
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    @ Oddcult: See, that vampires website is exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for (I'd been thinking of a book, but a website is find too).
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    Thanks for the suggestions, but several of these look like they're just more encyclopedias. I work in a bookstore and we've got plenty of encyclopedia-style books about supernatural creatures. They don't help me out, because I'm looking for one that's organized by locality, not by the letter of the alphabet. I want to be able to look at a region, and see at a glance the creatures that were purported to live there.

    Is there a glaring lack of such books? Then perhaps I should write one.
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    Brandon - you write it, I'd buy it!