Baba-Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair This famous Russian monster has now been re-invented in a series of fantasy romance novels by Deborah Blake. I guess almost any monster can be rehabilitated--note, I wrote 'almost'!
Draconika Dragons Started as a college English class project in 2004, since maintained by Kevin Owens. Contains the History of Dragons; Dragons Across Cultures, which describes the difference between the Eastern & Western dragon; Dragon Legends; Wyverns; Dragon Pictures and Posters. As a girl once wrote, "“This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.” But can you really know too much about dragons? No!
Frightening Irish Demons and Monsters from Celtic Mythology from the site: "Some of the Celtic “monsters” were originally gods, but were later demonized as pagan creatures when many of the Celts became Christians. IrishCentral has hunted down the 10 most frightening of these Celtic and Irish demons and monsters." Included: two vampires, a headless horseman, a wailing ghost, a demon king, dead sinners, an evil witch, a sea monster, a demonic fire-spitter, and a hybrid monster. Begorra!
Golems Rabbi Louis Jacobs describes the legends surrounding the powerful men of clay. He also states, "Mary Shelley is supposed to have based her story of Frankenstein on the golem legend."
Hellhounds, Werewolves, and the Germanic UnderworldAlby Stone gives a very nice summary of Scandinavian hellhounds, with mentions of hellhounds from other myths. Grendel, from Beowulf, was called a scucca, demon, from which was derived Black Shuck, the East Anglian hellhound.
How Vampires Work From HowStuffWorks, this present the Origins of Vampires, with links to How Werewolves Work, and Who Was the Real Count Dracula?
List of Cryptids Cryptids are entities that may or may not actually exist, the jury is out until irrefutable evidence can be presented. This list includes variant names, description, location, and depiction, with links to the full Wikipedia article. Let's see what we have here: Beast of Dean, a moose-pig from England; Bunyip from Australia; Ghouls from warm climates; and let's not forget Bigfoot!
Our 10 Favorite Monsters From Live Science, a list by Benjamin Radford, who states, "Whether these monsters exist or not, the mysteries will always be with us". I vote for 'not'!
The Science of Vampirism: Vampiric Mythology By Hugo Pecos and Robert Lomax, of the Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency (FVZA), this amusing site lists a myth, then the facts, ma'am, just the facts. For example, pepper spray probably works better than garlic as your basic vampire repellant.
10 Legendary Monsters of North America: Part Two The usual suspects: Ogopogo, Mothman, Jersey Devil, Wendigo, and Sasquatch. However, some new (to me) monsters are also on this list: Wampus Cat, Momo, and Texas' La Lechuza, plus San Antonio's Donkey Lady. See also the following:
Unexplained Monsters From the site: "The many unexplained monsters in this world will be explained on these many pages as best as can be explained. Unexplained monsters.com does not note these findings as fact, but as information taken from other sites, and videos watched to gather information about these creatures. With this being said, we think you will find many facts on the different unexplained creatures that plague this world." Some monsters are actually from prehistory, but we still wouldn't want to meet them in a dark alley.
Werewolf Includes History, Becoming a Werewolf, Theories of Origin, and Werewolves in Modern Fiction. The History also includes a valuable list of alternative werewolf names in other languages.
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