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Peter Dendle is an Associate Professor of English at Penn State Mont Alto, teaching classes on Old and Middle English (language and literature), folklore, 20th and 21st century representations of the Middle Ages, and the monstrous (in film, folklore, and society). Dendle has written books and articles on a number of topics, including cryptozoology, philology, the demonic in literature, zombie movies, and Medieval plants and medicine. His work on zombies reached perhaps its largest popular audience through his commentary on NPR.
His education includes a B.A. in English and Philosophy (1990) and an M.A. in Philosophy (1993), both from the University of Kentucky, as well as an M.A. in English from Yale (1991) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto (1998).
In 2007, National Geographic featured some of the research results from Dendle's forthcoming monograph The Devil in Anglo-Saxon England (Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University). Other recent works include peer-reviewed articles on medieval charms, demon possession, and a translation and analysis of The Old English Life of Malchus and Two Vernacular Tales from the Vitas Patrum in MS Cotton Otho C.i: which appeared in English Studies, 2010.
He is the co-editor of three collections of academic essays on various aspects of the preternatural: Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden (Boydell, 2008), The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous (Ashgate, 2012), and The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2012) with Richard Raiswell (University of Prince Edward Island).
Dendle's The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia (McFarland, 2001) was the first exhaustive overview of the subject, evaluating over 200 movies from 16 countries over a 65-year period starting from the early 1930s. The follow-up volume, The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Volume 2: 2000-2010 (McFarland), is slated for publication in late 2012.
- The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Volume 2: 2000-2010. McFarland & Company. 2012. ISBN 978-0786461639.
- Richard Raiswell with Peter Dendle The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe.. CRRS. 2012.
- Asa Simon Mittman and Peter Dendle, The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous.. Ashgate. 2012. ISBN 978-1409407546.
- Peter Dendle and Alain Touwaide (eds.). Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Medieval Studies Conference at The Pennsylvania State University.. Boydell & Brewer. 2008. ISBN 1-84383-363-8.
- Satan Unbound: The Devil in Old English Narrative Literature. University of Toronto Press. 2001. ISBN 0-8020-4839-0.
- The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. 2000. ISBN 0-7864-0859-6.