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THE


BOOK
of

Monsters, Spirits, Demons, and Ghouls

ALEX IRVINE
Illustrations by Dan Panosian Supernatural created by Eric Kripke

Contents
Preface
vi

SPIRITS
The Woman in White Water Spirits Urban Legends and Vengeful Spirits Land Spirits: Native and Immigrant
NATIVE AMERICAN CURSES AMITYVILLE ROUTE 55 WISCONSIN LAKES CURSE—OH, AND THE BUGS CURSE OF KASKASKIA
9 14 19 2424 27 28 29 32 35 40 49

Vanir Lawrence Death Apparitions

MONSTERS
Wendigo Shapeshifters
56 60

iii

YENALDOOSHI
BEARWALKER

61 62 64 65 66

LESZY NAHUALES PUCA
THE ANIMAL WIFE:

SELKIES, SWAN MAIDENS, KITSUNE
LYCANTHROPY

67 70 77 81 85 88

Tulpas and Other Created Beings Homunculus Golem Rakshasa

GHOULS, REVENANTS, ET CETERA
Ghoul Shtriga Draugr/Draug Vampire ZombieHow to Kill a Zombie/Revenant Other Revenants
97 100 102 105 118 122 127

WITCHES, FAMILIARS, AND BLACK DOGS
iv
Contents

DEMONS
Succubus/Incubus Jinn Tengu Abiku Pishacha Acheri The Yellow-Eyed Demon Lesser Demons We Have Known Reaper Goofer Dust Appendix A: Herbs, Oils, and Hoodoo Hands Appendix B: Names and Attributes of European Demons About the Author Other Books by Alex IrvineCredits Cover Copyright About the Publisher
195 175 145 147 148 149 150 151 152 155 171 174

Contents

v

Preface
From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, good Lord, preserve us.
—old irish saying

And when the good Lord won’t, we will.
—newish winchester saying

S

am and Dean Winchester, at your service. We’re hunters. Dispatchers of spirits, scourges of the undead andunnatural, feared by demons and shapeshifters and

boogeymen of all shapes and sizes. In a nutshell? We track down monsters, and then we blow the suckers away. We’ve been in this line of work all our lives. Sam was six months old when a demon killed our mother. Dean was five years old. You might say we’ve both grown up in the family business. Neither one of us has ever held an honest job, exceptfor Sam briefly while he was off deluding himself that he could lead a normal life. The murder of his girlfriend Jessica—in exactly the way our mother was murdered—put an end to that dream, and he rejoined the firm of Winchester and Sons. Then, last year, the family business was cut back down to two. Our dad sacrificed himself to save Dean. Cut a deal with the same demonic bastard that killed ourmother and killed Jessica. Now

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we’re out to get that Yellow-Eyed Son of a Bitch, and we’re taking down every evil thing we run across along the way. We’re not the only ones. You might not see them, or recognize their work, but there are other hunters out there. People who have dedicated their lives to keeping you safe from things you didn’t know existed and wouldn’t want to believe in if youdid. Some of them taught our dad the ropes: Daniel Elkins, Bobby Singer—good people. And some of them have helped us along the way, like Jo and Ellen Harvelle. And some of them have let hunting turn them into the kind of monster they spend their lives trying to snuff. Yeah, Gordon. We’re talking to you. It’s a real problem. You look into the abyss, Nietzsche said, and the abyss looks back. Numberone on the hunter’s list of priorities is wasting evil, but number 1A is making sure that what you’re about to waste really is evil. Sometimes it isn’t easy. Sometimes all you have to go on is your gut instinct, and sometimes you make decisions that get people killed. So how do you tell the difference between a haunt and a plain old run of bad luck? That’s one of the questions that’s plaguedhunters from the beginning. Back in medieval Europe, people were a little more likely to jump to supernatural conclusions; now, we find all the time that a series of accidents that might look like a haunting or curse isn’t anything of the kind. It’s a rough old world out there, even without the demons and black magic and unquiet spirits. Often enough, though, there are things that can’t be explained...
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