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Encyclopedia Horrifica Booktalk

The truth is stranger than fiction, and a lot more scary!

  • Grades: 6–8

The truth is stranger than fiction, and a lot more scary!

Are vampires real? Does our world include monsters that most people think exist only in fiction?  Werewolves? Ghosts? Aliens? Zombies? Faeries? In this book, you'll find facts that are genuinely stranger than fiction. The facts and the photos have been carefully investigated, fear-tested, and quality approved, so that only the most genuinely terrifying evidence is included.

Let's start with movies, scary movies, movies that are actually true. Some of Hollywood's most terrifying movies are more fact than fiction—even though that's not how they're advertised! Bela Lugosi was the perfect movie Dracula. But who was the real Dracula? Vlad Dracul, who lived in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania during the 1400s. He had tens of thousands of victims killed by stabbing them with six-foot stakes. They accumulated on his front lawn like a huge, grisly forest of death. 

And if Dracula is real, what about werewolves? Lycanthropy, the ability to change into a werewolf, has been around since the 1500s. And in 1764, France was the werewolf capital of the world, because of the enormous, wolf-like predator that lived there, and that killed over and over and over and could not be killed.

And let's not forget ghosts. Today, they're even on the internet. You used to have to look into a mirror and repeat "Bloody Mary I have your baby" over and over to make her appear.  But now she has an email address. Beware of emails from a little girl whose name rhymes with Buddy Scary.

Are the monsters real? Is fact more scary than fiction? What precautions do you need to take to make sure you are really safe? Get the straight story, the real deal, the facts of the matter from Encyclopedia Horrifica!

This booktalk was written by university professor, librarian, and booktalking expert Joni Richards Bodart.

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    Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches, Magic and Supernatural, Movies
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