Suzanne Schwalb
Margaret Rubiano
Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies – Compendium Monstrum


Review brought to you by OBS staff member Katie

Who can keep track of whether or not vampires burn or sparkle in the sun and how many zombies there has to be before you’ve official got a horde on your hands? Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies: Compendium Monstrum is a collection of 19th century papers by monstrologists with notes and sketches, fold-out maps and a Transylvania travel guide. Get lost in the mythology with old world styled maps, hand-written notes, Gothic/Victorian style endpapers and one of those old school red ribbon bookmarks.

Review –
I’ve been an active supernatural reader for over two years now. And with each book I read the authors have their own take on the supernatural world. While some things could have been researched, many authors choose to make up their own worlds. That’s why the Compendium Monstrum is a great guide to have around the house. It’s small and compacted, but filled to the brim with facts, maps, quotes and even some need to know phrases. With witty titles this compendium discusses interesting vampire, werewolf, and zombie facts, sightings, and even a in depth guide to Transylvania. The illustrations are amazingly done and the pages are thick and sturdy (So even if your attacked by zombies it will hold up). While some things may be a little cheesy like the tracking page, that includes the foot prints each monster leaves behind and the sighting record pages that allow you to write down when you see a supernatural being. The over all book is very insightful and can be very helpful if your ever planning on writing a report about the Supernatural world. I know its helping me right now with mine.