my thical monsters
From the obscure to the well-known, we present 10 of the best
If you’ve had sleep paralysis you can blame the Persian ghost Bakhtak. Here’s John Henry Fuseli’s take.
Thought up in medieval Europe due to wolf-riddled woods, the werewolf remains a classic monster today.
The Australian mimi is fairy-like, tall and thin, and taught Aboriginals how to hunt. They can be naughty.
Known as the yeti in the Himalayas, this hairy fellow may be based on a really old descendent of man. Or not.
First referenced in Homer’s Iliad: “Not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle.”
It’s one of the few creatures that’s purely good. First mentioned in the Indus Valley Civilization 3000 BC!
Loch Ness Monster
No matter how much science disagrees, some people still believe in this Scottish lake cryptid.
Mentioned in the Old Testament, it’s been described differently throughout time, but always as very, very big.
Western dragons are associated with evil, but in China since 1500 BC they’ve been considered ace!
A wood spirit from Slavic legend, this chap protects animals and forests, but also likes to tickle people to death.