The Olympic Spirits of Arbatel’s Grimoire

Arbatel de Magia Veterum (Arbatel: Of the Magic of the Ancients) is a 16th-century Swiss grimoire: a book of magic. It purports to be the revelations of an angel named Arbatel “concerning the greatest secrets which are lawful for man to know, and to use them without offense unto God”. It may contain the earliest […]

The Puzzling Genesis of the Piasa Bird

Rocky bluffs line the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois. Painted on one is a terrible dragon with golden scales, red wings, antlers, and the face of a fanged man. It’s just a replica. The original painting wore away centuries ago – if it ever existed it all! This creature, the Piasa Bird, is a contentious piece […]

The Capitalist Cannibal Butthole Bird

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Weird Japanese Monsters

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The Mos Teutonicus and the Excarnates

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The Alecton Encounter

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The Flatland Multiverse

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The Agate House

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Folkloric Villains

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The Turu Lion-Men

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The Wonders of Sir John Mandeville (the Mediterranean)

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PCs on the Battlefield: Caesar’s Wars (Part 4)

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Egyptian Iconoclasm and Stone Golems

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The Missouri Leviathan

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Icelandic Sea Monsters

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