Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bestiary: Cerberus

Cerberus is a three-headed dog from Greek mythology who guards the entrance to the underworld. He has a run-in with Hercules, and shows up whenever someone living tries to get into the underworld. My favourite modern version of Cerberus is Fluffy … Continue reading

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A Missing 17th Century Dog

As I mentioned earlier, I’m working on a project digitising 17th century newspapers. Sometimes I come across some real gems in these newspapers, and I would like to share one of those here. The newspapers will all soon be online and … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Wendigo

The Wendigo is a creature from North American legends. Sometimes it is a monster, sometimes a human that turns into a monster, usually by resorting to cannibalism. In a way, Wendigos share some characteristics with zombies, though Wendigos aren’t technically … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Banshee

The Banshee is a creature from Irish mythology. She sometimes hangs around battlefields and washes the bloody clothes of the dead. Banshees are best known for their wailing. It’s a death omen, and when a banshee screams someone is either dead … Continue reading

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Bestiary: Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga is a strange entry for a bestiary, as she is not really an animal, or a monster. At best, she would fit in with the other humanoids, but only if you count “witch” as a category other than human. … Continue reading

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