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A Field Guide to Demons, Vampires, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits

Published by Arcade
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Did you know the Mbulu of South Africa has a razor sharp tail with a mind of its own? Or that the Kuru-Pira of Brazil has eyes that glow like embers, and fangs ripping from its mouth? In this updated edition of A Field Guide to Demons, Carol and Dinah Mack bring to life some of the most horrific and fascinating creatures ever described in mythology and legend. With a deft pen and global perspective, the Macks profile over ninety bogies including: mermaids, ghouls, vampires, kelpies, werewolves, and more.

Readers will delight in exploring the origin, characteristics, and cultural significance of each creature. Organized by “habitat,” this book will entertain readers of all ages, while shedding light on religious and cultural ideals from around the world. With vivid details and highly researched entries, A Field Guide to Demons is a must have for academics, writers, students, and anyone interested in mythology or the occult.

Carol K. Mack is an award-winning playwright with a lifetime interest in mythology and an MA in religious studies from NYU, where she also taught fiction writing for many years. Her recent collaborative work Seven has traveled the world. Visit her website at She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Dinah Mack has a BA in religious studies and graduate degrees in both cultural anthropology and education. She has been a middle school social studies teacher for close to two decades and has years of experience teaching technology integration workshops for teachers. She is the author of a YA novel, The Pirates of Cologne (2017, Levellers Press), and has published curricula for the New York Times Learning Network and other organizations. She lives in western Massachusetts.

"A round of applause for this demonic cast of characters! They let us glimpse other people's demons, and many of our very own."—Anna Deavere Smith, author of Fires in the Mirror

"Scouring the face of the earth, Carol and Dinah Mack have come up with an array of the most dreaded demons mythology has to offer."—Robert L. Carniero, Curator of South American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History

"An assembly of the weird and wonderful presences we know as demons. By capturing them in vivid narrative portraits, she has, in a remarkable combination of scholarship and art, produced a book that belongs in every library—and by every campfire!"—James P. Carse, author of Finite and Infinite Games

“The Macks’ vast knowledge of all things demonic—not to mention vampiric—is equaled only by their passion for the subject. Demonology by way of cryptozoology.”—Steven Schneider, Executive Producer, Paranormal Activity (Paramount Pictures); editor of Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Worst Nightmare