Author: Kevin Andrew Murphy

Book of Beasts: Yeongno

A large, serpentine, small-horned dragon with a horse-like mane devours a delicious pig, or duck, wearing the clothing and hat of a high court official. A yeongno is a fallen celestial dragon desperate to get back into the good graces of the celestial bureaucracy. The typical task is for a yeongno to eat one hundred corrupt court officials before it will be admitted back to heaven. Ascended Wyrm A...

Book of Beasts: King Gambrinus

A merry bearded beer-bellied king, complete with crown and ermine cape, rides astride a beer barrel, bearing a beer glass in one hand and a stein in the other.

Book of Beasts: Mari Lywd

The skull of a mare, her mane replaced with ribbons, her eyes with glass baubles, floats in the air, a knightly caparison trailing behind like a funeral shroud as her jaws clack open and she recites, “The old grey mare is here, my dear! Please let us in and give us cheer!” Before her, covered with snow, lies an ancient grave. “I’m old and cold, so do not tarry,” a ghostly voice replies, “come in, ...

Book of Beasts: Jólakötturinn

A black cat, as big as the house he’s peering in the window of, curses softly, “Meow! New socks!  New mittens! Why must these brats be so well dressed?” He stalks off across the snow, hoping for better luck at the next house. Jólakötturinn, the Yule Cat, is the personal pet of the legendary ogress hag Grýla, mother of the Yule lads, a group of wildly deformed and strangely named trolls, and her th...

Book of Beasts: Fata Befana

An ancient black-gowned crone rides a broomstick, bearing a bag of toys and candies and a basket of coal. Around her shoulders, she wears a coat made of dead rats. Naughty or Nice?  A Befana knows the score about everyone — all their deeds, bad or good, and all their wants and desires. She doesn’t spread this about as idle gossip, but she does judge, sorting everyone into Naughty or Nice...

Book of Beasts: Fata Lucia

A maiden in a white gown with a red sash wears a crown of green holly with red berries and seven blazing candles and bears a basket laden with saffron buns. Lussi Transfigured In winter, the Lussi Hag leads a wild hunt, the Lussiferda or oskorei, her hunters consisting of the hungry dead, fiends, trolls, unseelie fey, and anyone they can snatch up. Some abducted by the Lussiferda are found mi...

Book of Beasts: Fata Arie

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Who Are The Fata?

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Book of Beasts: Buto Ijo

The hulking green figure steps out from the smoke, their red eyes searching not for the one that seeks their service, but for the offerings laid before them. Satisfied with what they see, Buto Ijo growls, “And who is my new master?” Horrifying Giant Almost as tall as a coconut tree, as strong as a giant, and as terrifying as any other denizen of Hell, Buto Ijo’s big round red eyes, pro...

Book of Beasts: Fey Lord, Sarimanok

A multicolored rooster with a fabulous tail suddenly grows in size, becoming the height of a man, then just as suddenly changes form, becoming a handsome prince, resplendently garbed, with a glorious cape and a fantastical crown. Monster Folklore: Sarimanok, the Rooster Prince, appears either as a handsome man in splendid raiment — always accessorized with an especially ostentatious hat, headdress...

Book of Beasts: Sering

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A Conversation with ‘His House’ Screenwriters Felicity Evans & Toby Venables – Part 2

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