An anthology of the most chilling urban legends of all time collected by the maestro himself. Sold by: Amazon. Folklore scholar Jan Harold Brunvand assembles the best-known urban legends—including "The Hook," "The Spider in the Hairdo," and "The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs"—and provides an enlightening and entertaining analysis of their variants and evolution. The Vanishing Hitchhiker was Professor Brunvand's first popular book on urban legends, and it remains a classic. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research, this book is a must-have for urban legend lovers.
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An anthology of the most chilling urban legends of all time collected by the maestro himself. Sold by: Amazon. Folklore scholar Jan Harold Brunvand assembles the best-known urban legends—including "The Hook," "The Spider in the Hairdo," and "The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs"—and provides an enlightening and entertaining analysis of their variants and evolution.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker was Professor Brunvand's first popular book on urban legends, and it remains a classic. The culmination of twenty years of collection and research, this book is a must-have for urban legend lovers. America's premier folk detective is back on the case, sniffing out those zany but dubious stories that "really happened" to a friend of your sister's boyfriend's accountant's mechanic.
From the master folklorist and sly wit, Jan Brunvand, comes a collection of all-new urban legends. This revised edition of the original reference standard for urban legends provides an updated anthology of common myths and stories, and presents expanded coverage of international legends and tales shared and popularized online.
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Previous page. Kindle Edition. Next page. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Books By Jan Harold Brunvand. Urban legends are those strange, but seemingly credible tales that always happen to a friend of a friend. For the first time, Professor Jan Harold Brunvand, "who has achieved almost legendary status" Choice , has collected the creepiest, most terrifying urban legends, many that have spooked you since your childhood and others that you believe really did occur—even if it was one town over to some poor hapless coed who left a party early only to be followed by a man who just got loose from a mental hospital.
From the classic hook-man story told around many a campfire to "Saved by a Cell Phone," these spine-tingling urban legends will give you goose bumps, even when you know they can't be true.
Still, you'll continue to check the backseat of your car at gas stations and look under your bed at night before praying for sleep. Other Formats: Paperback. The groundbreaking book that launched America's urban legend obsession! Other Formats: Hardcover , Paperback. A pet in the microwave? A tragic misunderstanding of the function of cruise control? No, it didn't really happen to your friend's sister's neighbor: it's an urban legend.
And no matter how savvy you think you are, you are sure to find in this collection of over tales at least one story you would have sworn was true. Jan Harold Brunvand has been collecting and studying this modern folklore for over twenty years. In Too Good to Be True he captures the best stories in their best retellings, along with their latest variations and examples of how the stories have changed as they move from person to person and place to place.
To help you find your favorite, Brunvand has arranged the tales thematically. And "The Criminal Mind" features both brilliant --if they were real --scams, as well as the purported antics of the less mentally gifted.
Whether you want to become an expert debunker or just have plenty of laughs, this book will surprise and entertain you. Illustrated throughout. Brunvand has collected more than of the most-repeated and best-known examples of modern folk-myth. All the classics are here from the killer upstairs to the Kentucky Fried Rat.
Contains over articles Ranging over foodways and folksongs, quiltmaking and computer lore, Pecos Bill, Butch Cassidy, and Elvis sightings, more than articles spotlight folk literature, music, and crafts; sports and holidays; tall tales and legendary figures; genres and forms; scholarly approaches and theories; regions and ethnic groups; performers and collectors; writers and scholars; religious beliefs and practices.
The alphabetically arranged entries vary from concise definitions to detailed surveys, each accompanied by a brief, up-to-date bibliography. Jan Harold Brunvand—''Mr. Urban Legend" [ Smithsonian ]—tracks the most fabulous tales making today's cocktail-party circuit and shows why those stories that sound too good to be true probably are too good to be true. The eponymous episode—"The Baby Train"—sheds light on certain predawn activities that have linked unusually high birth rates to the whim of train schedule makers.
Other stories offer a revealing peek behind the story of "The Exploding Bra," expose the embarrassing source of "The Hairdresser's Error," resurrect a "Failed Suicide" Buster Keaton would have died for, and show why adults are better off not bringing their comic book fantasies out of the closet. From "Superhero Hijinx" to "The Shocking Videotape" to "The Accidental Cannibal," The Baby Train uncovers the mysteries behind some of the bawdiest, goriest, funniest, most pyrotechnic urban legends yet.
Broiled Again! Did your cousin's wife's dentist's daughter go to the tanning parlor once too often and had her insides cooked? Has your husband's brother's nephew teacher try to make a dead rabbit look alive? If so, you've heard—or you yourself may have told—two of the seventy-plus legends in this collection. Urban legends are "those bizarre but believable stories about batter-fried rats, spiders in hairdos, Cabbage Patch dolls that get funerals, and the like that pass by word of mouth as being the gospel truth.
Included in this collection are legends about sex, horror, cars, business, and academia. Fields' Cookie Recipe. Many readers. Admirers of curiosa and the psychology of crowds cannot afford to miss them. Encyclopedia of Urban Legends, 2nd Edition [2 volumes] Jul 16, Other Formats: Hardcover.
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Jan Harold Brunvand
Jan Harold Brunvand born March 23, is a retired American folklorist , researcher, writer, public speaker, and professor emeritus of English at the University of Utah. Brunvand is best known for popularizing the concept of the urban legend , a form of modern folklore or story telling. Urban Legends are "too good to be true" stories  that travel by word of mouth, by print or the internet and are attributed to an FOAF: friend of a friend. Though criticized for the "popular" rather than "academic" orientation of his book, The Vanishing Hitchhiker and others,  Brunvand felt that it was a "natural and worthwhile part of his job as a folklorist to communicate the results of his research to the public. For his lifetime dedication to the field of folklore, which included radio and television appearances, a syndicated newspaper column, and over publications articles, books, notes and reviews ,  Brunvand is considered to be "the legend scholar with the greatest influence on twentieth-century media. Brunvand and Ruth Brunvand. While attending Michigan State, Brunvand met Richard Dorson ,  a folklorist and professor, who became a mentor.
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A great reference for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of urban legends. Well-organized, a little repetitive at times but otherwise a fun read. Full of all the stories you know and love and a few that you may never have heard of. Interesting read. However, the one story in there about the newlyweds is not an urban legend. It is true true true! I even found the clip on YouTube.
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