Okay, this is only a glossary. I looked everywhere for all of these creatures. Make us of em, please.


Abatwa: In Zulu mythology, Abatwa are tiny humans said to be able to hide beneath a blade of grass and to be able to ride ants. They live a nomadic lifestyle and are continually on the hunt for game. If one happens to come across an Abatwa, they will typically ask a question like, "From where did you first see me?" to which you must reply by saying you saw them from a mountain, or some far away area. If someone answers by saying they saw them here for the first time, the Abatwa will try to kill them with poison arrows. They are extremely sensitive about their size. Stepping on an Abatwa by accident is also a death sentence.

Abominable Snowman: Large creature that assumes a man-like form. Said to be covered in a complete pelt of white fur and have padded, almost monkey-like limbs. He is said to live in the farthest up peaks of the Himalayas.

Anubite: The Anubite was a servant of the god Anubis, is said to take upon his form and protect the dwellings of Pharaohs, and dwell within the Valley of Kings protecting the final resting place of the Pharaohs. Anubites were fabled to be a creature composed half of a man and half of a jackal.

Aitvaras: Aitvaras is a household spirit in Lithuanian mythology. Other names are: Kaukas, Pukis, Damavykas, Sparyžius, Koklikas, Gausinėlis, Žaltvikšas, and Spirukas. Aitvaras is identical to the Latvian Pukis. An Aitvaras looks like a white or black rooster with a fiery tail (meteorite). An Aitvaras may hatch from an egg of a 9 – 12 year old rooster. If the Aitvaras dies, he becomes a spark. In many cases, this Lithuanian creature is described as having the appearance of a cock while indoors and the appearance of a dragon outdoors. An Aitvaras will lodge itself in a house and will most often refuse to leave. It brings both good and bad luck to the inhabitants of the house. According to many, an Aitvaras can be purchased from the devil - the price being that person's soul.

Banshee: The Banshee was a spirit of the fairy folk. If a person was talented with the fairy arts which were dance, song, or art she would follow them in life. When such a person neared death the Banshee's wailing was forewarning.

Basilisk: Many infidels deny this creature's existence, but Semprello Aurator saw and handled one that had been blinded by lightning as a punishment for having fatally gazed on a lady of rank whom Jupiter loved. Juno afterward restored the reptile's sight and hid it in a cave. Nothing is so well attested by the ancients as the existence of the basilisk. There are two known types of basilisks:

1) This creature looks like giant lizard with four pairs of legs. It was commonly known to breathe fire.

2) This creature is commonly seen as a snake that could grow over one hundred feet in length and was known to turn people into stone.

Bigfoot: Commonly mistaken for the yeti; also called Sasquach. This large manlike creature is said to dwell in the hills and mountains of the wilderness. It is often described as being covered with hair and standing 8-9 feet tall. Legends of Bigfoot have been around for centuries. Except for some odd footprints, some hair found on a branch, or strange blurry pictures, it is still not known if this creature really exists.

Centaur: Depicted as half man half horse. Centaurs were seen as lousy creatures that toyed with young maidens until the centaur Chiron was found to be very wise and was said to of taught Hercules. They represented wisdom and old age after that discovery. These excellent archers can be found in many Roman and Greek legends.

Cerberus: In Greek myth Cerberus was a horrific dog that stood watch at the gates of Hades, the world of the dead. Cerberus had three heads (some accounts gave him many more) and was so vicious that even the gods feared him. Cerberus is most famous for his role as one of the 12 labors of Hercules, the strong man who ventured to Hades and wrestled Cerberus into submission. Cerberus also appears in the story of Orpheus, who lulled the dog to sleep with music on his way into Hades to search for his lover Eurydice.

Chimera: This strange beast comes out of Greek legends. It is said to have the head of a goat, lion, and dragon (or snake depending on the source) with various different parts of the three beasts making up the rest of the animal. One legend tells of Bellerophon (Greek hero) taming Pegasus to aid him in battle against the Chimera.

Cockatrice: A cockatrice is a legendary creature about the size and shape of a dragon or wyvern, but in appearance resembling a giant rooster, with some lizard-like characteristics. It was supposed to be born from an egg laid by a cock and incubated by a toad or serpent. Often in legend this creature is confused with the Basilisk.

Cyclops: One of a race of giants, sons of Neptune and Amphitrite, having but one eye, and that in the middle of the forehead. They were fabled to inhabit Sicily, and to assist in the workshops of Vulcan, under Mt. Etna.

Dragon: A reptile like creature found with or without wings. In legend it is said they breathe fire, guard ancient treasures, and dwell in the mountain caves. Depending on the story this creature can be good or evil, intelligent or animal-like, but the thing all the stories agree upon was that dragons were magical.

Drake: Two legged creatures that are said to grow to lengths of twenty feet or more. They resemble large bats in the fact that leathery strips connect their wings to bony structures that could be elongated digits. Some of them breathe fire, but they are commonly called cold drakes for their icy living conditions.

Dryads: The Dryads: (Dryads, Hamadryades,) are female spirits of nature who preside over the groves and forests. Each one is born with a certain tree over which she watches - she comes into existence with it and often lives in a tree.

Dwarves: A race of beings found within most modern fantasy books. A people of short stature that have a liking for stone. Dwarves are a warrior race and are good blacksmiths. For some reason they are also noted for their dislike for elves.

Elves: A mythical people that have a strong ability toward magic. Said to dwell in woodlands and to enjoy a lifespan of centuries. Depending on the legend Elves can be short pixie like creatures or a tall people of uncommon grace and power.

Eloko: Eloko (plural, Biloko) is a term in a Mongo-Nkundo language referring to a kind of dwarf-like creature that lives in the forests. They are believed to be the spirits of ancestors of the people living there. Legend has it that they haunt the forest because they have some grudges to settle with the living and are generally quite vicious. Biloko live in the densest and darkest part of the rain forest in central Zaire, jealously and ferociously guarding their treasures: the game and the rare fruits of the forest. Only intrepid hunters are said to enter the deepest forest and survive, because in order to be successful, hunters have to possess strong magic, without which they would never see any game at all. There are many tales about wives who insist upon joining their husbands in the forest only to faint as soon as they see their first Eloko. The Biloko live in hollow trees and are dressed only in leaves. They have no hair; only grass grows on their bodies; they have piercing eyes, snouts with mouths that can be opened wide enough to admit a human body, alive or dead, and long, sharp claws. They possess little bells, which, in Central Africa are believed to be able to cast a spell on passers-by. Possessing an amulet or a fetish can offer protection from this type of magic.

Fairies: small people with insect like wings. Sometimes known as sprites these winged spirits of the forests are known for the tricks they play on mortals or in some cases the magical aid they can give. On midsummer nights it is said they can be seen dancing in the forest clearings.

Fallen Angels: A fallen angel in Abrahamic traditions is an angel that has been exiled or banished from Heaven. Often such banishment is a punishment for disobeying or rebelling against God. The best-known fallen angel is Satan. According to some traditions, fallen angels will roam the Earth until Judgment Day, when they will be banished to Hell.

Fauns: In Roman mythology, fauns are place-spirits (genii) of untamed woodland. Romans connected their fauns with the Greek satyrs, wild and orgiastic drunken followers of Dionysus. However, fauns and satyrs were originally quite different creatures. Both have horns and both resemble goats below the waist, humans above; but originally satyrs had human feet, fauns had goat-like hooves. The Romans also had a god named Faunus and a goddess Fauna, who, like the fauns, were goat-people.

Gargoyles: Gargoyles are guardian statues placed into the decoration of many castles and buildings. Gargoyles are typically depicted as a winged humanoid race with demonic features (generally horns, a tail, talons, and may or may not have a beak). Gargoyles can generally use their wings to fly or glide, and are often depicted as having a rocky hide, or being capable of turning into stone in one way or another, a reference to their structural roots. Gargoyles, as a distinct race, have featured in several works of fantasy fiction, such as Terry Pratchett"s Discworld series and the Dungeons & Dragons and Rifts role-play games.

Genie: In Western fiction, after the Aladdin tale in the Western version of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, genies live in small oil lamps and grant three wishes to the person who rubbed the lamp to release the genie while more mischievous ones take advantage of poorly worded wishes (including in one episode of the X-Files). Alternately, they may grant a single wish per day.

Ghosts: Half seen spectral apparitions thought to be the souls of people long dead. In stories they either inspire fear or give warning to the living. Ghosts may be in many forms:

The spirit of a dead person, especially one believed to appear in bodily likeness to living persons or to haunt former habitats. The center of spiritual life; the soul. A demon or spirit. A returning or haunting memory or image.

Griffin: The Griffin (also spelled gryphon and, less commonly, gryphen, griffon, griffen, or gryphin) is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Often, griffins are depicted with a pair of prominent ears, traditionally termed "ass' ears". Since the lion was considered the "King of the Beasts" and the eagle the "King of the Air", the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Some traditions say that only female griffins have wings. The griffin is generally represented with four legs, wings and a beak, with eagle-like talons in place of a lion's forelegs and equine ears jutting from its skull. Some writers describe the tail as a serpent.

Gnomes: Gnomes are a small folk similar to elves. It is said they are the Fairy shoemakers. If a Gnome is found he will have gold because fairies pay them to make their dancing shoes. But, like the Leprechauns, don't take your eyes off them for they will vanish. In fantasy stories they are a people similar to the dwarves. They live underground and make fantastic inventions.

Goblins: Goblins are grotesque faeries of about dwarf height. Various (sometimes conflicting) abilities and attributes have been given to them:

They can appear as animals. They are sometimes said to be mostly invisible to human eye. They are said to count the dead among their companions. They can weave nightmares out of gossamer and insert them into the ear of a sleeping human. They steal human women and children and hide them away underground. Goblin women steal human babies, replacing them with ugly goblin babies (changelings). They have a somewhat bestial appearance, and their brow is fully covered with thick hair and their mouth is filled with yellowed, crooked teeth. They have some traits of old men, which can include shortsightedness, but they are described as wiser than humans. They sometimes eat humans. They are sometimes described as being an entirely male race. Goblins can grow up to be anywhere from 30 cm to 6 feet tall.

Golem: In Jewish folklore, a golem (sometimes pronounced goilem) is an animated being which is crafted from inanimate material. In Modern Hebrew the word golem denotes "fool", "silly", or even "stupid", "clue-less", and "dumb", and literally means "cocoon". The name appears to derive from the word gelem, which means "raw material".

Harpy: A woman with the bottom portion and wings of a vulture. These creatures were originally sent by the Greek Gods to torment the evildoer. To the Greek the Harpy represented justice. Later on in the Middle Ages they came to symbolize greed and the devil.

Hippocampus: The Hippocampus is a horse with the back half of a fish. The back half, according to some stories, was the back fin of a dolphin. They are said to be magical, but their magic is water based. This creature springs from Greek legends.

Hippogryph: A Hippogriff is a legendary creature, supposedly the offspring of a griffin and a filly. The Hippogryph looks like a horse but with the head, front claws, and wings of an eagle. The reason for its great rarity is that griffins despise horses, which they regard with the same feelings a dog has about a cat. It has been suggested this idea was strong enough in Medieval Times to produce an expression, "to mate griffins with horses", which meant about the same as the modern expression, "When pigs fly". The hippogriff is therefore a symbol of impossibility and love. This was supposedly inspired by Virgil's Ecologues: ... mate Gryphons with mares and in the coming age shy deer and hounds together come to drink.., which would also be the source for the reputed medieval expression, if indeed it was one. Among the animal combat themes in Scythian gold adornments may be found griffins attacking horses. The hippogriff seemed easier to tame than a griffin. In the few medieval legends when this fantastic creature makes an appearance, it is usually the pet of either a knight or a sorcerer. It makes an excellent steed, being able to fly as fast as lightning. The hippogriff is said to be an omnivore, eating either plants or meat.

Hobbit: Hobbits are a cheerful folk, fond of eating and friendship. They are shorter than dwarves and have hair on their toes. Hobbits are a subset of the race of men from J. R. R. Tolkein's Middle-Earth, sometimes considered a separate race. They first appear in the book The Hobbit, and also play a major role in The Lord of the Rings.

Hydra: A serpent or dragon with five or more heads. In Greek legends cutting off its heads and then burning the neck could only defeat this creature. If this wasn't done where one head was cut off two more would grow in its place. Hercules had to defeat this monster in one of his 12 labors.

Imp: These small devilish creatures love to play tricks on mortals. Often their tricks tend toward the cruel side. In some stories mages were able to sometimes summon these creatures to do their bidding.

Incubus: A male demon that, like the succubus, has intercourse with humans. This demon feeds off of this "exercise" and becomes stronger. The children that may come from this will most likely turn out to be wizards or witches.

Jengu: A jengu (plural miengu) is a water spirit and deity in the traditional beliefs of the Sawa ethnic groups of Cameroon, particularly the Duala peoples. Among the Bakweri, the name is liengu (plural maengu). They are similar to West African Mami Wata figures, though belief in miengu likely predates most Mami Wata traditions. The miengu's appearance differs from people to people, but they are typically said to be beautiful, mermaid-like figures with long, wooly hair and gap-toothed smiles. They live in rivers and the sea and bring good fortune to those who worship them. They can also cure disease and act as intermediaries between worshippers and the world of spirits. For this reason, a jengu cult has long enjoyed popularity among the Duala peoples. Among the Bakweri, this cult is also an important part of a young girl's rite of passage into adulthood.

Jersey Devil: Within the Pine Barrens of New Jersey dwells a devil like creature. Where did it come from, how did it get there?

Lammasu: In Mesopotamian mythology, the lammasu were legendary creatures, which had the faces of men, the bodies of lions, and the wings of an eagle. They were said to guard temples and would attack all but the purest good or the purest evil.

Leprechaun: In Irish Mythology, a leprechaun (Modern Irish: leipreachán) is a type of male elf said to inhabit the island of Ireland. They usually take the form of old men who enjoy partaking in mischief. Their trade is that of a cobbler or shoemaker and they are often described as being seen working on a single shoe. They are said to be very rich, having many treasure crocks buried during war-time. If anyone keeps an eye fixed upon one, he cannot escape, but the moment the eye is withdrawn he vanishes.

Leviathan: The leviathan was a monstrous sea creature that could be linked with a sea dragon, whale, or serpent, depending on the source. They were said to embody the evils of the world and were blamed for many of the tsunamis and tidal waves that were frequently found. According to legend, the leviathan would attack any form of ship if it saw something it wanted on board

Loch Ness Monster: Within Scotland there is a large deep lake called Loch Ness. For ages people around the lake have told stories of seeing a strange creature or sea serpent within the Loch's dark waters. Some people have even been able to get pictures although they are blurry. Scientists are even probing the Loch's depths in hope of finding proof of its existence.

Mages and Wizards: People throughout many legends gifted in the use of magic. They are known for their use spells and potions, etc.

Manticor: A lion with the head of a man, and the tail of a scorpion. These creatures roam the wilderness within the fantasy world. It is said they have a taste for man.

Medusa: She was one of the three Gorgon sisters. They had living snakes as hair, bronze hands, and golden wings. Sometimes they were also shown having a snake's tail instead of legs. Any who looked at them would be turned to stone. They were daughters of a sea god and a sea monster. The sisters' names were Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa. Medusa was later slain by Perseus (Greek hero).

Mermaid: A mermaid (from mere in the obsolete sense 'sea' maiden) is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and torso of human female and the tail of a fish. The male version of a mermaid is called a merman. Various cultures throughout the world have similar figures. They are said to be the daughters of Triton, God of the seas. The song of a mermaid has been said to be able to entrance sailors.

Merman: Mermen are mythical male legendary creatures who are human from the waist up and fish-like from the waist down, whose consorts were their female counterparts, the more commonly known mermaids. In Greek mythology, were often illustrated to have green seaweed-like hair, a beard, and a trident. The actions and behavior of mermen can vary wildly depending on the source and time period of the stories. They have been said to sink ships by summoning great storms, but also said to be wise teachers, according to earlier mythology. A merman, like a mermaid, attracts humans with singing and tones. The most well known merman was probably Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. Although Amphitrite gave birth to a merman, neither Poseidon nor Amphitrite were merfolk, although both were able to live under water as easily as on land. Triton was also known as the Trumpeter of the Sea for his usage of a conch shell.

Minotaur: In classical mythology, a monster, half man and half bull. The Minotaur was born to the queen of Crete, Pasiphaë, after she mated with a sacred bull. The king Minos, to hide his shame, had Daedalus construct the Labyrinth in which to hide the monster. Minos then forced the Athenians to send as tribute fourteen of their young people, seven men and seven women, to be locked in the Labyrinth for the Minotaur to eat. To stop the slaughter, the hero Theseus volunteered to enter the Labyrinth and fight the Minotaur. On the instructions of the king's daughter, Theseus brought in a ball of thread, which he unwound as he went through. He found the Minotaur, killed it, and then used the thread to find his way out of the maze.

Naga: In modern fantasy fiction, members of a race with both snake and human characteristics (usually having only a human head, or a human torso with a snake tail instead of legs) are often called nagas. They are used as temple guardians in some fantasy stories and role-playing games.

Naiads: (Naiades) were nymphs of bodies of fresh water and were one of the three main classes of water nymphs - the others being the Nereids (nymphs of the Mediterranean Sea) and the Oceanids (nymphs of the oceans). The Naiads presided over rivers, streams, brooks, springs, fountains, lakes, ponds, wells, and marshes. They were divided into various subclasses: Crinaeae (fountains), Pegaeae (springs), Eleionomae (marshes), Potameides (rivers), and Limnades or Limnatides (lakes).

Nymph: In Greek mythology, Nymphs were spirits of nature. Even though they were female divinities of lower rank, still they were revered as the protectors of springs, mountains, grottoes, trees, the sea and rivers. They were portrayed as young, pretty girls, each subtype presiding over whichever aspect of nature they represented.

Ogre: Large beast-like men with low intelligence that roam within many legends. More akin to trolls and giants, these creatures are often battled by heroes and are known to be evil. It is said they enjoy the taste of man. (Some have notified me that this picture is a troll...if anyone has a good picture of an Ogre please send it to me.)

Orcs: A race of degenerate creatures that look like distorted humans with animal features. Tribes of these evil creatures roam the fantasy worlds battling humans. In Tolkien it was told that dark forces took elves and warped them through dark magic into the orcs.

Panther: The panther is presented in heraldry filtered through centuries of folklore. An exception is what has recently been done for some African countries. The creature looks quite like a big cat, but is considered multi-colored. According to the legend, it is of a gentle disposition, its only enemy being the dragon. The panther is also supposed to have a sweet smell. It is heraldically inscribed surrounded by flames as a way of representing its smell. Perhaps the origin of this notion of a carnivore smelling relates to the violet gland of foxes.

Patupairehe: The Patupairehe were white-skinned fairies found in Maori lore, and are dangerous to humans. The fairies are supposed to live in large guarded communities in the peaks of the Pirongia Mountains inNew Zealand. Ethereal fluty music and fairy songs signal their presence.

Pegasus: Pegasus is a mighty winged horse of Greek myth. According to legend, Pegasus sprang forth from drops of blood when Perseus cut off the head of Medusa. The horse master Bellerophon tamed Pegasus with a golden bridle provided by the goddess Athena. Together horse and rider slew the fire-breathing monster Chimera. (Legends vary, but some say Pegasus and Bellerophon performed other heroic deeds together.) Finally, Bellerophon tried to fly to heaven to join the gods, but Pegasus threw him off and the two were separated forever, with Pegasus living on as a constellation of stars.

Phoenix: A fire-bird that periodically regenerated itself, used in literature as a symbol of death and resurrection. According to legend, the phoenix lived in Arabia; when it reached the end of its life (500 years), it burned itself on a pyre of flames, and from the ashes a new phoenix arose. As a sacred symbol in Egyptian religion, the phoenix represented the sun, which dies each night and rises again each morning. According to Herodotus the bird was red and golden and resembled an eagle.

Piasa Bird: In Illinois there is a local Native American legend that tells of a great bird that would eat humans. When Europeans came they saw the bird painted on the cliffs.

Quazer Beast: The Quazer Beast was a mythical creature that was originally said to inhabit the Arctic Ocean. The legend of the Quazer Beast originates from the Enets people who live on the Yenisie River, which drains into the Arctic Ocean. According to legend, the Quazer Beast was a monstrous serpent, larger than any whale, with six eyes and two horns which protruded from the back of its head. It lived in the ocean and would guard the Yenisei River mouth, attacking and devouring anyone who ventured out too far. Although this legend was not widely believed, it was still prominent, often used as a warning to children who ventured out too far, and as an explanation for those who never returned from the sea.

Rabisu: In Akkadian Mythology, Rabisu ("the vagabond") is an evil vampiric spirit or demon that is always menacing the entrance to the houses and hiding in dark corners, lurking to attack people, it is said that pure sea salt can ban them as the salt represents incorruptible (salt preserves) life (life was first born from the sea). In Hell, they live in the Desert of Anguish, attacking newly arrived souls as they travel down the Road of Bone to the City of the Dead.

Redcap: A Redcap, also known as a powrie, is a type of malevolent murderous goblin, elf or fairy found in British folklore. They inhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travelers who stray into their homes,sometimes by pushing boulders off cliffs and on to them, staining their hats with their victims' blood (from which they get their name). Indeed, redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they die. Redcaps are very fast in spite of the heavy iron pikes they wield and the iron-shod boots they wear. Outrunning the buck-toothed little demons is quite impossible; the only way to escape one is to quote a passage from the Bible.

Roc: Giant eagles large enough to block out the sun with the shadow of their wings. They were said to prey on elephants and other large animals. These birds come from Arabian legends.

Satyr: A man with the legs and tail of a goat. Stemming from Greek legends they are said to like music, which they would play from their pipes as they danced in the woodland glens. They are also thought to be quite promiscuous and lustful.

Selkie: A shape shifting folk that can change from human into seals. It is said that they dwell in the Northern seas around the Orkney Islands.

Siren: In Greek mythology, one of three sea nymphs, usually represented with the head of a woman and the body of a bird. Daughters of Phorcus or of Achelous, the Sirens inhabited an island surrounded by dangerous rocks. They sang so enchantingly that all who heard were drawn near and shipwrecked. Jason and the Argonauts were saved from them by the music of Orpheus, whose songs were lovelier. Odysseus escaped them by having himself tied securely to a mast and by stopping the ears of his men.

Sleipnir: Sleipnir was an eight-legged horse that was able to travel through the sea and air. It served as steed to the great Norse god Odin. This creature was the child of Loki (Norse god trickster) and a mighty stallion.

Sphinx: Has the body of a lion and the head of a human. In Egypt the Sphinx was a creature used to guard temples and other holy places. Statues of them are often found outside of tomes. The most noted as the statue of the Great Sphinx. In Greece the Sphinx was a monster that attacked a city in one of their legends. The beast challenged people to a riddle. If they answered wrong they died. Finally, Oedipus came and answered the riddle, thereby setting the city free. The sphinx jumped off a cliff and ended up killing herself because someone had solved her riddle. The riddle was this:

What walks on four legs in the morning, on two at mid-day (noon), and three in the evening?"

The answer is man.

Succubus: In medieval legend, a succubus (plural succubi; from Latin succuba; "mistress") is a female demon which seduces men (especially monks) in dreams to have sexual intercourse. They draw energy from the men to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death. From mythology and fantasy, Lilith and the Lilin (Jewish), Lilitu (Sumerian) and Rusalka (Slavic) were succubi.

Titans: The Titans were the older race of Gods before the Greek Gods like Zeus and his crew took claim of their place. There was a great battle between them in which the Titans lost. Titans looked like Giant humans. The picture shows the Titan Altas bearing the weight of the heavens. He was sentenced to carry the heavens after the battle with the Greek Gods.

Tree Ents: (Tree Folk) they are truly the folk of the forests. These intelligent trees guard the ancient forests. In Tolkien stories they guarded holy forests from those whom would destroy them.

Trolls: large underground dwelling creatures that by legend have a taste for man. In certain fairy tales they live under bridges and other dark areas ready for the unwary traveler to come.

Unicorn: a horse with a single horn. They are said to have magical powers in healing and the bringing of luck. The horn of the unicorn was prized for its ability to nullify all poisons that it came in contact with. Legend says that they may approach those most pure in heart and soul.

Unwaba: In Zulu tradition, a mythical chameleon that was sent by the sky-god to tell humanity they had eternal life. Because the creature was so slow, humans and other species became mortal after all. The color of a chameleon changes from green to brown, this because it mourns the fact that Unwaba was too slow.

Vampires: Throughout history people have told stories of manlike demons that feed off blood in the night. Most Vampire legends were born in the middle Ages because of fear of the black plague and ignorance. The most noted legend is the story of Dracula. Other stories come from the books written by Anne Rice.

Valkyrie: In Norse Mythology the valkyries are disir, minor female deities, who serve Odin. The valkyries' purpose was to choose the most heroic of those who had died in battle and to carry them off to Valhalla where they became einherjar. This was necessary because Odin needed warriors to fight at his side at the preordained battle at the end of the world, Ragnarok.

Werecats: In folklore and fantasy fiction, Werecats are shapeshifters who are similar to werewolves, except that they turn into some species of feline instead of a wolf. The species involved can be a domestic cat, a tiger, a lion, a leopard, a lynx, or any other type, including some that are purely fantastical felines. Typically, an individual werecat can only transform to one unique feline, not to a number of different species. The word "werecat" was not coined until the late 19th Century, so it was not directly used in legends from earlier eras, only by later folklorists' commentary.

Werewolves: humans that can shape shift into a wolf or a half-wolf form. They tend to only transform during the full moon.

Witches: In legend they are often portrayed as old hags that dabbled in the black arts of magic. They often were dressed in black and were said to even be the brides of the devil. These days' witchcraft is being embraced again but in a much better light. Modern "witches" use magic for healing and good and have nothing to do with the devil. They are the followers of the modern religion of Wicca.

Wraith: The word wraith, marked by the OED as being of obscure origin, is first attested in 1513, with the meaning of ghost or spectre (that is, an apparition of a living or once-living being, possibly as a portent of death). In 18th Century Scotland it was applied to water spirits, and in England it became used in a metaphoric sense to refer to wraith-like things, and to portents in general. In the case of a living person being doubled it is thought that the wraith is an omen of the persons immenent death.

Wyvern: A wyvern (or wivern) is a winged reptilian legendary creature often found in medieval heraldry. Its usual blazon is statant (standing). The wyvern is similar to a European dragon, but it differs in that it has only two legs (thus making it rather bird-like), cannot breathe fire, and has a barbed or snake-like tail. Occasionally, it is said to be smaller than a dragon or to be able to breathe fire. The wyvern is similar to another mythical creature, the cockatrice, which is similar to the basilisk. Its sounds are similar to the tone of a whisle or flute.

Yale: The yale is a mythical beast found in European Mythology. Most descriptions make it an antelope- or goat-like four-legged creature with large horns that it can swivel in any direction.

Yeti: A man-like creature covered in a mass of mottled brown fur. He is said to prey on young humans. He lives in mountain ranges and sometimes comes into secluded villages for meals.

Yuki-onna: Yuki-onna ("snow woman") is a spirit or yokai found in Japanese folklore. She is a popular figure in Japanese animation, manga, and literature. Yuki-onna appears as a tall, beautiful woman with long hair. Her skin is inhumanly pale or even transparent, causing her to blend into the snowy landscape (as she is most famously described in Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidon: Stories and Studies of Strange Things). She sometimes wears a white kimono, but other legends describe her as nude, with only her face, hair, and pubic region standing out against the snow. Despite her inhuman beauty, her eyes can strike terror into mortals. She floats across the snow, leaving no footprints (in fact, some tales say she has no feet, a notable feature for many Japanese ghosts), and she can transform into a cloud of mist or snow if she is threatened.

Zombies: They haunt graveyards and horror movies. The Zombie is an undead creature that appears to be half-rotting and is said to like to eat the brains of the living.