He Wrote the Book on American Religions

The LA Times Has A Report On J. Gordon Melton the author of the Encyclopedia of American Religions, the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, the Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena and “The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead.”

Erudite and eternally curious, Melton, 64, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on religion (and vampires too, but more on that later). The research specialist with the department of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara has written 30 books and co-written or edited 17 more, all of which are expansive and eclectic, and weave a colorful and diverse history of the currents of spiritual worship and tensions around the world.