By Richard Freeman
Everybody has heard of vampires and werewolves, yet what number have heard of the rokuro-kubi, the tsuchinoki or the sagari? Japan has a wealth of ghosts and monsters, jointly known as yokai, that are absolutely unknown within the West. the weird and lovely folklore of Japan comprises gigantic corpse-eating rabbits, flaming pigs that thieve human genitals, perverse water goblins, blood sucking timber, a dragon that impregnates ladies, cats who animate lifeless our bodies, a zombie whale and a tremendous flesh consuming sea cucumber that grows from a couple of discarded knickers!
By Brad Steiger
Featuring 30 chilling tales of real-life zombie encounters, this accomplished and unsettling research attracts upon traditions stumbled on through the global to dispel universal depictions of zombies as lurching, flesh-eating automatons made favored by means of numerous videos and books. This attention-grabbing assortment comprises the tales of the satan child of Bourbon road, a huge creature entire with horns and tail that also lurks within the shadows of the massive effortless; Black Mama Courteaux and the good zombie conflict, related to hundreds and hundreds of zombie squaddies struggling with for the supremacy in their queen; and the swamp baby of Mama Cree, who nonetheless roams the bayous of Louisiana. as well as the tales, quite a few zombie-related evidence are explored, together with ceremonies and initiations, zombies all through heritage, sacred zombie and voodoo-related websites, and zombies and monsters of the Bible.
By Philip Carr-Gomm
Magic runs during the veins of English background, a part of way of life from the earliest Arthurian legends to Aleister Crowley to the novels of Tolkien and Philip Pullman, and from the Druids to Freemasonry and past. Richly illustrated and deeply a professional, this booklet is a useful resource for an individual keen on magic and wizardry, or for stylish practitioners eager to examine more.
By Diane Morgan
The ruby is the world's most beneficial and infrequent stone. For the traditional Hindus, the ruby used to be Rajnapura: the Gem of gemstones, at whose middle surges an everlasting, unquenchable flame. but, for all its rarity and wonder, the ruby has continually been a marginally sinister stone. Indian legend says the ruby used to be born from the blood of a demon. certainly, the ruby is especially on the subject of a wild, dwelling being: fiery, passionate, and unsafe. it's been on the middle of affection and wars, a logo of ardour, greed, and powerful magic. historic sages and glossy crystal healers have credited it with unusual powers—from the granting of prophetic perception to holding one from bullets. It has lengthy been a part of the human trip: coveted, fought over, and feared. Morgan considers all of the attractive and terrifying features of this extraordinary stone: medical, fiscal, mythological, and non secular. She discusses the good stones and nice heists of the ruby world—and the recognized fakes, too—the nice Black Prince and popular Timur. She closes with a dialogue of the making of artificial rubies and the laser beam.
By Kewaunee Lapseritis MS
This ebook offers countless numbers of documented situations of contributors and teams of people that declare to have encountered the legendary Sasquatch, yet now not within the formerly presumed demeanour. those documented contacts recommend that the Bigfoot are psychic, multidimensional and ready to slip into and out of an unseen measurement, consequently its elusivity and the inability of actual speciments. facts is provided from many first hand bills that Bigfoot works in conjunction with extraterrestrials, as guards and scouts. this is often an remarkable tackle an previous topic, written by way of an skilled box investigator and scientist who has studied this factor for lots of years.
By Jonathan D. Hill
By Roland Barthes
During this very good number of essays, Barthes explores the myths of mass tradition taking matters as different as wrestling, motion pictures, plastic and autos, interpreting the symbols and indicators inside of generic points of recent existence and, in so doing, unmasking the hidden ideologies and meanings which implicitly impact our proposal and behavior.
By Peter Day
Within the smooth international vampires are available all types: they are often perpetrators or sufferers, metaphors or monsters, scapegoats for sinfulness or mirrors of our personal evil. What turns into visible from the scope of the fifteen essays during this assortment is that vampires have infiltrated as regards to each sector of pop culture and awareness. in reality, the best way that vampires are depicted in every kind of media is usually a telling signifier of the fears and expectancies of a tradition or group and how that it perceives itself; and others. The volumeвЂ™s essays supply a desirable perception into either vampires themselves and the cultures that envisage them.
By Brian Swann
Storytelling and making a song stay an essential component of neighborhood lifestyles for local peoples at the present time. Voices from 4 instructions gathers tales and songs from thirty-one local teams in North America—including the I?upiaqs within the frigid North, the Lushootseeds alongside the forested beach of the a ways West, the Catawbas within the humid South, and the Maliseets of the rugged woods of the East. bright tales of cosmological origins and transformation, ancient occasions remembered and retold, in addition to mythical fables are available in those pages. famous Trickster figures like Raven, Rabbit, and Coyote determine prominently in different stories as do heroes of neighborhood status corresponding to Tom Laporte of the Maliseets. The tales and songs entertain, educate, and bear in mind wealthy legacies in addition to responsibilities. Many are retellings and reinventions of vintage narratives, whereas others are more moderen creations.Award-winning poet and critic Brian Swann has amassed many of the richest and such a lot diversified literatures of local North the United States and gives an creation to the amount. additionally, every one tale is brought and newly translated. (20070628)