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On this page you will find the bibliographical details of a number of Dutch language books on Vampires, Vampirism and related subjects. And it goes without saying that we also include books from our beloved Flemish neighbours in Belgium. In case you happen to know about other interesting titles, and have details on where I can find or order them, please be sure to let me know. Your help will be much appreciated.

anon. :

"De Liturgie der Overledenen" [no date]

de Abdijen van Keizersberg & Affligem, Belgium, no date - pp.160

Interesting little book with the texts of all the different Roman Catholic funeral rituals. Published as a co-production by two Belgian Abbeys.

J. Belonje :

"Steenen Charters (oude grafsteenen)" [1941]

Allert de Lange, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1942 - pp.124

D.A. Berents :

"Gilles de Rais - de moordenaar en de mythe" [1982]

Martinus Nijhof, 's Gravenhage, Netherlands, 1982 - pp.192
ISBN: 90 247 9125 1

How shall I put it ? Something like an "In Search of Gilles de Rais". Good and interesting reading.

T.S.R. Boase :

"De Dood in de Middeleeuwen - Sterfelijkheid, Oordeel en Aandenken" [1974]

De Haan, Bussum, Netherlands, 1974 - pp.144
ISBN: 90 228 4518 4

Rob Brautigam :

"De Dader ligt op het Kerkhof - Historische Vampiergevallen" [1989]

Vampire Control, Amsterdam, Netherlands

What can I say ? It is at the basis of what was later to become "SHROUDEATER".

Rob Brautigam :

"De Levende Vampier - van bloeddorst tot bloedworst" [1989]

Vampire Control, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mainly about bloodthirsty Vampire Criminals.

Rindert Brouwer :

"Ook u wacht ik - Begraafplaatsen in Europa en hun Geschiedenis" [2000]

Uitgeverij Elmar, Rijswijk, Netherlands, 2000 - pp.252
ISBN: 90 389 0981 0

P. Borst, A. de Groot, J.G. Jonker-Klijn & R. Roks :

"Graven en begraven in de Dom van Utrecht" [1997]

Henk Reinders, Bunnik, Netherlands, 1997 - pp.128
ISBN: 90 72507 26 6

Interesting and most informative book about burial in the old Dom church of Utrecht and about the gravestones and monuments that can be found in there.

Gerrit vanden Bosch :

"Hemel, Hel en Vagevuur - Preken over het hiernamaals in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden tijdens de 17e en 18e eeuw" [1991]

Uitgeverij Davidsfonds, Leuven, Belgium, 1991 - pp.206
ISBN: 90 6152 737 6

Nicely illustrated book with sermons (about the hereafter) from the Southern Netherlands, dating back to the 17th and 18th Century.

Jean Emile Driesens & Renaud :

"Schoonselhof - een hommage" [1993]

Deus Ex Machina, Schoten, Belgium, 1993 - pp.96
ISBN: 2 89053 016 7

A small but rather useful guide to Antwerp's main cemetery.

Waling Dykstra :

"Uit Friesland's Volksleven van Vroeger en Later - Volksoverleveringen, Volksgebruiken, Volksvertellingen, Volksbegrippen" [1895]

Uitgeverij M.A. van Seijen, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, no date - 2 volumes, pp.868

Massive books with lots of interesting bits and pieces.

W.Y. Evans-Wentz :

"Het Tibetaanse Dodenboek" [1973]

Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes, Deventer, Netherlands, 1973 - pp.240

Paul Faber, Frans Fontaine & Annemiek Spronk (ed.) :

"Het Kwaad - All About Evil" [2004]

KIT Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2004 - pp.240
ISBN: 90 6832 553 4

Interesting and nicely illustrated book that was published alongside the exhibition of the same name that took place at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

J.J. Fahrenfort & C.C. van de Graft :

"Dodenbezorging en Cultuur" [1947]

Ploegsma, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1947 - pp.244

Interesting book, consisting of 2 volumes and covering the whole world on the subject of disposal of the dead.

F.E. Farwerck :

"Noordeuropese Mysteriën en hun sporen tot Heden" [1970]

Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes, Deventer, Netherlands, 1978 - pp.640

C. Feltkamp :

"De Begrafenismoeilijkheden in 1945 te Amsterdam" [no date]

Stadsdrukkerij van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, no date - pp.64

Official report on the burial problems in Amsterdam during the last year of WWII.

Everard Gewin :

"Nederlandsch Volksgeloof" [1925]

W.J. Thieme & Cie, Zutphen, Netherlands, 1925 - pp.96

G. T. Haneveld :

"Zandloper, Zeis en Pierlala - Symbolen van de dood in (volks)kunst en cultuur" [1995]

TDS, Utrecht, Netherlands, 1995 - pp.104
ISBN: 90 215 2421 X

This is a nice little book which is mainly about the many ways in which Death has been portrayed. On graves, in songs, in poetry and literature, as a puppet, as a symbol or an icon, etc., etc.

P.D. 't Hart :

"Utrecht en de Cholera - 1832-1910" [1990]

De Walburg Pers, Zutphen, Netherlands, 1990 - pp.308

Like I have said before, the larger outbreaks of Vampirism often coincided with the outbreak of epidemical diseases like cholera and the plague. This book about cholera in the town of Utrecht offers a lot of information. About the speed in which such an epidemic spreads. About the speed and manner in which the victims waste away. It is interesting to compare this information with the descriptions that we have of outbreaks of vampirism, and with the descriptions that we have of the manner in which those vampire victims waste away.

Johan Huizinga :

"Herfsttij der Middeleeuwen" [1919]

Uitgeverij Contact, Netherlands, 1997 - pp.416

Huizinga's well-known study of the later Middle Ages, in a beautiful edition that features a wealth of brilliant illustrations.

Louis Janssen :

"Nicolaas, de Duivel en de Doden" [1993]

Ambo, Baarn, Netherlands, 1993 - pp.320
ISBN: 90 263 1275 X

Interesting study that traces back the European Saint Nicholas festivities to the pre-christian cults of the dead.

K.H.E. de Jong :

"De Magie bij de Grieken en Romeinen" [1921]

De Erven F. Bohn, Haarlem, Netherlands, 1921 - pp.246

"De Zwarte Magie" [1955]

H.P. Leopolds Uitgeversmij, 's Gravenhage, Netherlands, 1955 - pp.274

H.F. van Kinschot :

"Wet op de lijkbezorging" [1991]

Tjeenk Willink, Zwolle, Netherlands, 1969, 1991 - pp.160

Dutch legislation regarding the disposal of the dead. Interesting as it may be, it will be good to remember that a number of rules have changed since this version was published.

F.S. Knipscheer :

"Bijgeloof uit alle Tijden - I - De Duivel" [no date]

"Bijgeloof uit alle Tijden - II - Satansdienst" [no date]

"Bijgeloof uit alle Tijden - III - Hekserij" [no date]

"Bijgeloof uit alle Tijden - IV - Demonen" [no date]

"Bijgeloof uit alle Tijden - V - Verhalen uit De Betoverde Weereld" [no date]

Hollandia Drukkerij, Baarn, Netherlands, no date - pp.258

Paul Koeck :

"Heilige Huisjes - Geloof en Volksgeloof, Bedevaarten en Ommegangen, Heiligen en hun Hulp in Nood" [1981]

Standaard Uitgeverij, Antwerpen, Belgium, 1981 - pp.180
ISBN: 90 02 14399 0

Nicely illustrated book about popular belief in the power of Saints and the Blessed Virgin.

Henk L. Kok, Ada Wille & Gerard Boerhof :

"Begraven & Begraafplaatsen - Monumenten van ons Bestaan" [1994]

Teleac, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1994 - pp.184
ISBN: 90 6533 371 1

Interesting book based on a series of educational television programs about burial, churchyards and cemeteries in the Netherlands.

Martin Koomen :

"Het ijzige Zaad van de Duivel - Geschiedenis van Heksen en Demonen" [1973]

Wetenschappelijke Uitgeverij, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1973 - pp.214
ISBN: 90 214 2751 6

C. Kruyskamp (ed.):

"Van Dale - Groot Woordenboek der Nederlandse Taal" [1976]

Martinus Nijhoff, the Hague, Netherlands, 1976 - pp.3230

And even for those rare moments that I am actually writing in my own language, a good dictionary is an essential tool.

Ernest Kurpershoek & Hetty van den Berg :

"Zorgvlied - de geschiedenis van een begraafplaats" [no date]

D'Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands, no date - pp.118
ISBN: 90 400 9787 9

The history of one of the main cemeteries of Amsterdam.

K. ter Laan :

"Nederlandse Overleveringen" [1932]

W.J. Thieme & Cie, Zutphen, Netherlands, 1932 - pp.294

Joe Lederer :

"Vampier - de zaak Peter Kürten" [no date]

De Boekerij, Baarn, Netherlands, no date - pp.228

Theodor Lessing :

"De Wolfsmens - de zaak Friedrich Haarmann" [no date]

De Boekerij, Baarn, Netherlands, no date - pp.232

Paul van Loon & Jack Didden :

"Vampierhandboek" [1997]

Elzenga, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1997
ISBN: 90 258 3673 9

As a matter of fact this is a book which is meant for children. The authors, however, have managed to put an awful lot of information in there. It puts to shame many a book that is supposed to have been written for older readers. The book has been translated into a large number of other languages.

Cees van Raak :

"Dodenakkers" [1995]

De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1995 - pp.260
ISBN: 90 295 3470 2

The best and most informative guide book that you can find if you want to know more about the churchyards, cemeteries, crypts and grave monuments of the Netherlands.

Eric J. Rebel :

"De Vampier - een beschouwing" [1972]

Unpublished manuscript, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1972 - pp.23

Elie Reclus :

"Geesten Goden en Duivels" [no date]

De Roode Bibliotheek, Zandvoort, Netherlands, no date, 2 volumes - pp.332

Another nice work by one of the Reclus brothers ? Sons ? Daughters ? For the moment, let's just keep it at yet another member of the wonderful Reclus family.

Julien van Remoortere :

"Ippa's Feesten en Folklore Gids voor België" [1995]

Uitgeverij Lanoo, Tielt, Belgium, 1995 - pp.432
IBSN: 90 209 2598 9

Nice guide book to all of the annual folkloristic festivities in Belgium.

"Ippa's Gids van Legenden en Sagen van België" [1998]

Uitgeverij Lanoo, Tielt, Belgium, 1998 - pp.408
IBSN: 90 209 3433 3

Another guide which covers quite a few of Belgium's local legends.

Johan Schouten :

"Heksenwaan en Heksenwaag in oude Prenten" [1973]

Repro-Holland, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, 1973 - pp.44

B.C. Sliggers and others :

"Naar het Lijk - Het Nederlandse doodsportret - 1500-heden" [1998]

Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands, 1988 - pp.224
ISBN: 90 5730 042 7

Paula Catharina Maria Sluijter :

"IJslands Volksgeloof" [1936]

Tjeenk Willink, Haarlem, Netherlands, 1936 - pp.196

Academic dissertation about Popular Belief in Iceland.

J. Spaander :

"Over het bewaren van bloed" [1942]

Uitgeverij Ploegsma, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1942 - pp.136

Henri J. M. Stephen :

"Winti - Afro-Surinaamse religie en magische rituelen in Suriname en Nederland" [1985]

Uitgeverij Karnak, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1985 - pp.134
ISBN: 90 6350 029 7

Marten Douwes Teenstra :

"Verscheidenheden betrekkelijk Booze Kunsten en Wetenschappen door eene phantastische wereld geschapen en wel inzonderheid die der Tooverijen en Waarzeggerijen, etc." [1846]

in: "Nederlandse Volksverhalen"
Uitgeverij M.A. van Seijen, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 1973 - 2 volumes, pp.636

"Volksverhalen en Legenden van Vroegere en Latere Dagen" [1843]

in: "Nederlandse Volksverhalen"
Uitgeverij M.A. van Seijen, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 1973 - 2 volumes, pp.636

"Volksvooroordelen en Bijgeloof" [1858]

in: "Nederlandse Volksverhalen"
Uitgeverij M.A. van Seijen, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 1973 - 2 volumes, pp.636

Ewald Vanvugt :

"Botje bij botje - menselijke resten in musea" [1998]

Jan Mets, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1998 - pp.96
ISBN: 90 5330 255 7

Some interesting information and a few sensational stories about human remains that are on display in musea.

various authors :

"De Dodendans in de kunsten" [1989]

HES Uitgeverij, Utrecht, Netherlands, 1989 - pp.112
ISBN: 90 6194 417 1

All about the "Dance of Death" in the arts.

various authors :

"Duivelsbeelden" [1994]

Uitgeverij Ambo, Baarn, Netherlands, 1994 - pp.444
ISBN: 90 263 1305 5

Very nicely illustrated, this book features no less than 16 chapters by different experts, covering a whole range of interesting subjects that all have to do with Devil and Hell.

various authors :

"Het Feest van de Dood" [1993]

Foundation Europalia International, 1993 - pp.164
ISBN: 90 6988 064 4

Much information (in Dutch, but what else can you expect in this section ?) about the Mexican "Feast of the Death".

various authors :

"Vlaams-Nederlands Woordenboek" [2003]

Standaard Uitgeverij, Antwerpen, Belgium, 2004 - pp.396
ISBN: 90 712 0662 9

A dictionary that can be of great help translating Flemmish into Dutch. Basically they are supposed to be one and the same language, but there are sufficient differences to welcome the publication of a useful dictionary like this.

Casimir K. Visser :

"Van de Heksenwaag te Oudewater - en andere te weinig bekende zaken" [no date]

Uitgevers-Mij De Tijdstroom, Lochem, Netherlands, no date - pp.118

The "Heksenwaag" in Oudewater is a place where they used to weigh people who were suspected of being "witches". Not in order to send them to their death, but to give them an official document stating that they had a normal weight and consequently could not be witches. Up to this day you can still visit the place, and even have yourself weighed on one of their ancient machines. Here is a link to the Heksenwaag in Oudewater :  www.heksenwaag.nl 

Mirjam Vos (ed.) :

"De Dood moet een Wener zijn - Weense Dodenakkers en hun legendarische Bewoners" [2000]

Uitgeverij Elmar, Rijswijk, Netherlands, 2000 - pp.290
ISBN: 90 389 1047 9

A. M. Voûte & C. Smeenk :

"Vleermuizen" [1991]

Uitgeverij Waanders, Zwolle, Netherlands, 1991 - pp.160
ISBN 90 6630 268 2

An interesting and informative book with lots of brilliant images of bats, some of them taken from rare old paintings and sketches.

© 2014 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last update September 2014

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