Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just in Time for Halloween: The Tenth Anniversary Edition of Monsters by John Michael Greer

Last Saturday, my six-year-old son watched a Scooby Doo movie, loosely based on the age-old werewolf legend. Later that evening, under a gorgeous almost-full moon, we were hanging out in a tent set up in our backyard. My son loves the idea of camping, but we weren’t planning to spend the night outside just yet. After a few stories, it was bedtime. As we left the tent, my son warned, “Run fast, Mommy, so the moon won’t turn you into a werewolf!”

He was a little spooked by the idea of werewolves. Right away, my mommy instincts kicked in. “Don’t worry, sweetie, werewolves aren’t real.” But is that really true?

I’m not sure of whom to thank for the incredible popularity of werewolves, vampires, and zombies right now. (I like to think that Joss Whedon, the genius creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, kicked off the craze.) In any case, the more these creepy creatures populate mass media, the more our curiosity intensifies. We want to know more: Are they real? Are they dangerous? Where can we find them?

Anyone hungry for more information on these legendary beasts will want to check out Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings. The newly expanded edition is available now, just in time for Halloween!

This best-selling guide by John Michael Greer is required reading for both active and armchair monster hunters. The tenth-anniversary edition features a new preface, new chapters on chimeras and zombies, and updates on werewolves, dragons, and faeries.

Are you ready for a harrowing journey into the reality of the impossible? Combining folklore, Western magical philosophy, and actual field experience, Monsters offers a chilling collection of fiendish facts and folklore, including:


Why true vampires are the least attractive—and most destructive—of all monsters
  • The five different kinds of ghosts
  • Magical origins of the werewolf legends
  • How to survive a chimera encounter (Jersey Devil, chupacabra, Mothman)

  • The hidden connections between faery lore and UFOs

  • Where dragons are found today
  • How to investigate a monster sighting
  • Natural and ritual magic techniques for dealing with hostile monsters 

Planning a special Halloween display devoted to monsters? Check out these favorites:

NEW!  The Dragon Keeper's Handbook  
by Shawn MacKenzie

by Konstantinos

Vampires in Their Own Words
Edited by Michelle Belanger

The Vengeful Djinn
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Philip J. Imbrogno

The Dictionary of Demons
by Michelle Belanger

Vampire Nation
by Arlene Russo

Ultraterrestrial Contact  
by Philip J. Imbrogno

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