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  • 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."

  • The Greatest Monsters in Children's Literature
    Brace yourself for these golden childhood memories. Includes the Jabberwock, the Dementors, Smaug, and of course, the Grinch.

  • Guide to the Spooky Scary Secret Monsters of Every State
    By Joh Wenz. A tongue-in-cheek (I hope) guide, with pictures.

  • Hellhounds, Werewolves, and the Germanic Underworld
    Alby 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!

  • Monsters and Fabulous Beasts from Ancient and Medieval Cultures
    Copyright by Dr. L. Kip Wheeler & Jeremiah Mattson, a list guaranteed to keep you up nights--if you live in a medieval culture, that is. Beware the Canocephalus! Look out for Echidna! And definitely avoid Lillith.

  • 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 Creepy Historical Vampires You've Never Heard Of
    Actually, I have heard of at least three. But Peter Plogojowitz? Sava Savanovic? Jure Grando? Got me there!

  • 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:

  • 10 Legendary Monsters of North America, Part One

  • 9 Legendary Monsters of North America, Part Three

  • Top Ten Horrifying Monsters in Literature
    Listverse gives us monsters through the ages--although the number one monster was quite a surprise. Not telling you, you'll have to look.

  • 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 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.

  • Werewolf Legends from Germany
    Around 30 werewolf legends translated and edited by D.L. Ashliman.

  • Werewolves: the Myths and the Truths
    Origin of the legend, Greek mythology and werewolves, explanations for the phenomenon, modern werewolves, and werewolves in literature.

  • Zombies: the Real Story of the Undead
    Not my favorite monster, but this is a very nice explanation of its origins.

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