With all the real life horrors currently crowding into our psyches, why not take this time to dive into the fantastical world of horror, the
manifestation of the human psyche’s dread of death and the unknown? Tales of monsters, chimeras, and fantastical creatures such as giants and
“little folk” have been woven into human mythos throughout the ages. Whether that be in response to real anomalies, or whether such creatures
represent our attempts to put a face to the unknown and a name to the sundry and innumerable misfortunes plaguing mankind, the results are much more
fascinating horrors than those which are most likely to strike in our own lives.
I’ve always loved stories about monsters, gods, angels, faeries, demons, and the like. What prompted writing this thread is that what started as a
hunt for a book I had as a child has ended in a wider hunt for the best reference books for monsters/beasts/creatures. I’d love to hear any
suggestions from you, and wanted to share some titles with you as well. And if anyone remembers a kids illustrated monster book (black and white
illustrations, very well done) that included banshees, a snake woman, Jekyll and Hyde, and a werewolf, please share the title!
Here’s some of the best monster and mythological creatures books in my library:
“Giants, Monsters & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth”
by Carol Rose
This is a very comprehensive reference book with 411 containing thousands of beasts. The entries are fairly short but well written. A few
“Encyclopedia Mythologica Dragons & Monsters,”
by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda
A very cool and gorgeous pop up book with interesting snippets regarding a variety of beasts and monsters.
“Fairyopolis: A Flower Fairies Journal,”
by Cicely Mary Barker
This is a visually delightful and interesting account of fairies.
“Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying Truth! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More,”
by Joshua Gee
This one is really fun for all ages. It’s a scholastic book, and so the pages have a magazine type quality to the layout, but it contains tons of
interesting facts regarding the history of some of our most prevailing legends.
described and Illustrated by Brian Froud and Alan Lee
Gorgeously illustrated book, and excellent guide to the English and Celtic faerie mythos.
“Fantasy: The Golden Age of Fantastic Illustration,”
by Brigid Peppin
This is a book of illustrations, but the illustrations depict many of our most legendary beasts depicted by some of the best known fantasy
“The Encyclopedia of Monsters,”
by Jeff Rovin
*This book is on its way to my house! I’ve heard very cool things, and can’t wait to check it out.
How about you, friends? Do you recognize any of these titles? Do you have any suggestions to add to the monster library?
Thanks for reading!
edit on 21-11-2020 by zosimov because: (no reason given)