Behold the Mysteries of the Faery Beasts
Beyond the faery realms, all sorts of magical creatures lurk. This book explores the most fearsome beasts that have been known to meddle in human affairs. Renowned faery expert John T. Kruse reveals the secret lives of merfolk, meremaids, river sprites, kelpies, hags, banshees, and many more. These are not the fanciful faeries and kindly beings found in light entertainment. Instead, you will discover hobs, goblins, bogies, and daemon dogs—magical creatures that are more apt to terrify than to help. Beyond Faery shares the features, habits, and history of dozens of these otherworldly beasts, since learning their ways may be just what you need to survive an encounter of your own.
"Beyond Faery is an essential and intriguing look at the wide variety of faery animals and creatures which humans may encounter. Reminiscent of Katherine Briggs' Fairies in Tradition and Literature, Kruse's work looks at groups of fairies and thoroughly discusses their qualities, motifs, and stories in a way that engages readers. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in British folklore or fairies; even if you consider yourself knowledgeable on the topic you will learn something here."—Morgan Daimler, author of A New Dictionary of Fairies and Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk
"The creatures of the woodland, waterways, and oceans are brought to life for the modern reader in this engaging, well-researched new work. It is packed with stories, anecdotes, and folklore accounts, making it a satisfyingly rich read."—Christina Oakley Harrington, Treadwell's Bookshop of London