Inspired by our founder’s blog post about his vampire reference collection,1 this page is a bibliography of vampire reference works you can use to start your own. The list will be revised from time to time.


Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Almanac: The Complete History. Detroit [Canton, MI]: Visible Ink Press, 2022 [2021].


Altner, Patricia. Vampire Readings: An Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 1998.

Carter, Margaret L., ed. The Vampire in Literature: A Critical Bibliography. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1989.

Finné, Jacques. Bibliographie de Dracula [Bibliography of Dracula]. Lausanne: L’Age d’Homme, 1986.

Melton, J. Gordon, and Alysa Hornick, comps. The Vampire in Folklore, History, Literature, Film and Television: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015.

Riccardo, Martin V. Vampires Unearthed: The Complete Multi-Media Vampire and Dracula Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1983.


Finné, Jacques, and Jean Marigny. Dictionnaire des littératures vampiriques [Dictionary of vampire literature]. Dinan: Terre de brume, 2020.

Haining, Peter. A Dictionary of Vampires. London: Robert Hale, 2000.


Bane, Theresa. Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010.

Bunson, Matthew. The Vampire Encyclopedia. New York: Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1993.

Cheung, Theresa. The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires. London: Harper Element, 2009.

Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters. New York: Checkmark Books, 2005 [2004].

———. The Encyclopedia of Vampires & Werewolves. 2nd ed. New York: Checkmark Books, 2011.

Joshi, S. T., ed. Encyclopedia of the Vampire: The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2011.

Melton, J. Gordon. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1994.

———. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 2nd ed. Detroit [Farmington Hills, MI]: Visible Ink Press, 1999 [1998].

———. The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. 3rd ed. Detroit [Canton, MI]: Visible Ink Press, 2011 [2010].

Villeneuve, Roland, and Jean-Louis Degaudenzi. Le musée des vampires. Paris: Henri Veyrier, 1976.


Curran, Bob. Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures that Stalk the Night. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2005.

Dixon, J. M. The Weiser Field Guide to Vampires: Legends, Practices, and Encounters Old and New. San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2009.

Jones, Stephen, comp. The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide. London: Titan Books, 1993.


Bacon, Simon, ed. The Palgrave Handbook of the Vampire. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024. First published online as a “living reference work” in 2023.


Proctor, David. The Quotable Vampire. New York: Kensington Books, 1997.

  1. Anthony Hogg, “My Reference Collection,” The Vampirologist (blog), November 4, 2013, ↩︎