A field guide to the world's scary creatures, along with an intriguing explanation why monsters won't go away. Gilmore considers the role of monsters in the human psyche and in society, looking at art, folktales, fantasy, literature, and other sources.

Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors

David D. Gilmore

2002 | 224 pages | Cloth $28.95 | Paper $22.50
Anthropology | Literature | Cultural Studies
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Why Study Monsters?
2. How to Approach Monsters
3. The West, I: The Ancient World
4. The West, II: The Christian Era
5. Windigo: Monster of the North
6. An American Monstruary
7. The Ogres of Asia
8. Japan and the Pacific Islands
9. Ritual Monsters
10. Conclusions: Our Monsters, Ourselves