Synopses & Reviews
We all know those stories that are too bizarre to be true--roasted babies, vanishing hitchhikers, scuba divers in trees--but have you heard about the ice man or the bullet baby? This comprehensive and compellingly readable reference work will answer all your urban legend questions, offering alphabetical entries on every aspect of the subject, including descriptions of hundreds of individual legends and their variations, legend themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre. Other entries discuss the relationship of urban legends to literature, film, comic books, music, and many other areas of popular culture. A Editors' Choice 2001 Reference Book. "Unlike most encyclopedias, this one may be read cover to cover."-- "Compiled by the foremost authority on this form of contemporary folklore....Superb."--
Includes bibliographical references (p. 497-499) and index.
This comprehensive and compellingly readable reference work answers all the urban legend questions, offering alphabetical entries on every aspect of the subject, including descriptions of individual legends and their variations, legend themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre.
The definitive word on the subject from the dean of urban legend studies.
About the Author
Jan Harold Brunvand lives in Salt Lake City, where he is professor emeritus at the University of Utah. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vanishing Hitchhiker; The Choking Doberman; The Baby Train; Too Good to Be True; and Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid.