Category Archives: Monsters

Something Old, Something Nue

I was looking at the Wikipedia page listing flying mythological creatures. There were many I’d either already written about or didn’t appear to have much information, but I did take some interest in the Nue, a kind of yokai from … Continue reading

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Seafaring and Serpents

Sam Steele’s Adventures on Land and Sea, by L. Frank Baum – The six issues of Oz-story Magazine, published by Hungry Tiger Press from 1995 through 2000, all ended with a full-length novel by Baum. I’d read two of them, … Continue reading

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Down with the Clown

It Chapter Two – SPOILERS! – Twenty-seven years after the events of the first film, and two years later in real life, the members of the Losers Club have moved all over the country, many in successful careers, and having … Continue reading

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No Talking, Just Animals

At the most recent OzCon International, I was on a panel about animals in Oz, discussing, among other things, whether they have the same rights as humans. It went off track a few times, but some interesting topics came up. … Continue reading

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A Demon Spurned

I haven’t written a dedicated mythology post in a while, and I recently finished the second Aru Shah book, so I thought I might do something with one of its characters. One of the main villains in the story was … Continue reading

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Winter Woes

Aru Shah and the Song of Death, by Roshani Chokshi – The second book in this foray into Hindu mythology sees Aru blamed for the theft of the love god’s Kamadeva’s bow and arrow, and are tasked with proving their … Continue reading

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Weasels on the Wind

Another mythical Japanese creature, or yokai, that came up in the Pokémon videos I talked about last week is the kamaitachi, the probable inspiration for the Sneasel. The name kamaitachi literally means “sickle weasel,” and that’s basically what they are, … Continue reading

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