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.
"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