Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 282 pages
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Of course that monster hiding under your bed when you were little didn't really exist. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons—they're simply figments of our imagination, right? After all, their existence has never been scientifically proven. But there is one giant problem with such an easy dismissal of these creepy creatures: people keep encountering them.

Join occult scholar John Michael Greer for a harrowing journey into the reality of the impossible. Combining folklore, Western magical philosophy, and actual field experience, Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings is required reading for both active and armchair monster hunters. Between these covers you'll find 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

This 10th anniversary edition of the quintessential guide to magical beings features a new preface, new chapters on chimeras and zombies, and updates on werewolves, dragons, and the fae.

 

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Review: Monsters: An Investigator's Guide to Magical Beings

User Review  - Brent Ryan - Goodreads

I love the approach to explanation cryptids. However I think the name should be Cryptid instead of "Monster". 'Monster' is very vague and ill-defined a term for what information is in the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Last Changeling - Goodreads

Don't be put off by the mixed reviews, Greer may be an acquired taste, (please go to the trouble of acquiring it, you'll be rewarded with a headful of fresh ideas), but he knows his stuff. There aren ... Read full review

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Contents

A FIELD GUIDE TO MONSTERS
33
A GUIDE TO MONSTER INVESTIGATION
175
MAGICAL SELFDEFENSE
215
A Glossary of Monster Lore
241
An Annotated Bibliography of Monster Lore
251
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John Michael Greer (Western Maryland) has been a student of occult traditions and the unexplained for more than thirty years. A Freemason, a student of geomancy and sacred geometry, and a widely read blogger, he is also the author of numerous books, including Monsters , The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and Secrets of the Lost Symbol , and currently serves as the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA), a contemporary school of Druid nature spirituality. Greer has contributed articles to Renaissance Magazine , Golden Dawn Journal , Mezlim , New Moon Rising , Gnosis, and Alexandria .nbsp;

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