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Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits

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Watch your back! . . . How to spot and identify demons and other subversive spirits . . . And what to do next.

Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are everywhere. They lurk at crossroads, crouch behind doors, hide in trees, slip into beds, wait in caves, hover at weddings and childbirths, disguise themselves as friends, relatives-even disguise themselves as you. They are powerful; they are protean; they are enchanting. And, to the uninformed, they are often invisible. This ...

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Overview

Watch your back! . . . How to spot and identify demons and other subversive spirits . . . And what to do next.

Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are everywhere. They lurk at crossroads, crouch behind doors, hide in trees, slip into beds, wait in caves, hover at weddings and childbirths, disguise themselves as friends, relatives-even disguise themselves as you. They are powerful; they are protean; they are enchanting. And, to the uninformed, they are often invisible. This illustrated guide-the first of its kind-reveals the remarkable permutations of the demon and fairy species worldwide. Packed with lore about each demon, detailing its origins, the culture surrounding it, and its reputed antics and exploits, A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits is a fascinating exploration of global mythologies. Perfect for the armchair traveler and the intrepid, seasoned demon-spotter alike, this complete guide to subversive spirits offers a behind-the-scenes look at the devilish mishaps, impish irritations, and demonic devastations that punctuate our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A round of applause for this demonic cast of characters . . . They let us glimpse other people's demons, and many of our very own." —Anna Deavere Smith, author of Fires in the Mirror

"An array of the most dreaded demons mythology has to offer." —Robert L. Carniero, Curator of South American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History

David Rothenberg
The usual suspects are all here, but the unusual ones are more interesting....This book is an indispensable guide to creatures that fools don't think exist....Take it with you wherever you go and you will be able to identify at once that black cat that crosses your path.
Parabola
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805062700
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 247,334
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Mack is an award-winning playwright with a master's degree in religious studies. Her daughter, Dinah Mack, a writer, earned her master's degree in cultural anthropology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    Make your personal library complete!

    I bought this book out of morbid curiosity, but through reading enjoyed it for it's sheer content. I read about demons and spirits I had come across in other readings, but never understood their 'biology'. This book ties together a lot of information from folklore and even pop culture. This is a good book to supplement anyone's library.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2006

    Great Book

    Everything you need to know about the most famous demons, monsters, angels, and faeries. How to get rid of them, what they like, where they are from... Just everything...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    I would not recommend this book to most readers. There's nothin

    I would not recommend this book to most readers.

    There's nothing wrong with it on the surface. It gives easy-to-digest chunks of folklore and beliefs around certain mythological creatures and provides an interesting stepping stone to head for other directions.

    But that's all its good for. This book is inaccurately researched, lumping many separate myths together into one entry and adding things seemingly out of the blue. As far as modern demonology goes, there's little if anything that's relevant, and what they do have is entirely useless. This isn't a bad book to pick up from the library, but it's not worth the money on it's own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Mystical

    The book acts like an encyclopedia for deamons and other mythical creatures. Information from all over the world. It gives you an idea of what kind of superstitions some cultures have compared to others.

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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Field Guide to Demons

    This is a great compendium for any author needing to include a demon of any type in their writing! Great descriptions and explanations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2009

    Not exactly great

    This book focuses on the most unbelievable and useless myths of the world. It really doesn't have much to do about Western Mythology or even modern Demonology. Didn't find the information exactly useful on any level. It deals with more archaic and myths long forgotten because of sheer inaccuracy and boredom. Many of the myths take root in other countries throughout the world, once you've read a couple of stories the whole book seems pretty redundant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    th best ever

    the bast real book that saved my life from the demons

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