Book — 1 online resource (xiv, 384 pages,  pages of plates) : illustrations, map Digital: data file.
ch. 1. This awful thing
ch. 2. Testing a horrible superstition
ch. 3. Remarkable happenings
ch. 4. The cause of their trouble lay before them
ch. 5. I am waiting and watching for you
ch. 6. I thought for sure they were coming after me
ch. 7. Don't be a rational adult
ch. 8. Never strangers true vampires be
ch. 9. Ghoulish, wolfish shapes
ch. 10. The unending river of life
ch. 11. Relicks of many old customs
ch. 12. A ghoul in every deserted fireplace
ch. 13. Is that true of all vampires?
ch. 14. Food for the dead
appendix A. Chronology of vampire incidents in New England
appendix B. Children of Stukeley and Honor Tillinghast
About the author.
For nineteenth-century New Englanders, "vampires" lurked behind tuberculosis. To try to rid their houses and communities from the scourge of the wasting disease, families sometimes relied on folk practices, including exhuming and consuming the bodies of the deceased. Author and folklorist Michael E. Bell spent twenty years pursuing stories of the vampire in New England. While writers like H. P. Lovecraft, Henry David Thoreau, and Amy Lowell drew on portions of these stories in their writings, Bell brings the actual practices to light for the first time. He shows that the belief in vampires was widespread, and, for some families, lasted well into the twentieth century. With humor, insight, and sympathy, he uncovers story upon story of dying men, women, and children who believed they were food for the dead. This Wesleyan paperback edition includes an extensive preface by the author unveiling some of the new cases he's learned about since Food for the Dead was first published in 2001. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — xix, 439 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Few places are so steeped in folklore as London, a city with almost as many ancient legends and deep-rooted customs as it has streets and landmarks, and in "London Lore" leading folklorist Steve Roud brings together an astonishingly rich selection of them: tales of ghosts and witches, stories about fabled events, heroes and villains, and accounts of local superstitions and beliefs. His range extends right across the capital, from Hampstead in the north, where wild beasts were once thought to roam the sewers, to Anerley Wood in the south, haunt of the much feared Norwood Gypsies, and from Hounslow Heath with its notorious highwaymen to Bethnal Green, long associated with Earl Henry de Montfort, better known as the Blind Beggar.But "London Lore" does more than simply retell these stories and traditions; it also delves through layers of hearsay and speculation to investigate how and why they arose in the first place. In the process, it shows how the familiar story of Dick Whittington and his cat has connections with the ancient Middle East. It explains why lions rather than ravens at the Tower of London were once felt to be inextricably bound up with the city's fate.It pinpoints precisely where the story of Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, was first recorded. And it explores the origins of the once widespread custom of handing out 'farthing bundles' of ribbons, buttons and beads to poor children in the East End. Some of these stories and beliefs are shown to have their origins in actual historical events; others to have stemmed from contemporary preoccupations and fears. What they all reveal is the powerful hold that London has exerted on the popular imagination over the centuries, as each successive generation has reshaped existing tales and added new ones of its own. (source: Nielsen Book Data)