This fearsome collection assembles 44 beasts from mythology and folklore drawn from cultures all around the world, from biblical monsters that were mistaken for islands to dogs that are the portent of death, and from giant bulls and evil dwarves to spirits, serpents, and dog-faced men. Including a wide-ranging selection of monsters from European, North American, South American, Hindu, Mesopotamian, ancient Greek, Norse, African, Chinese, and many other mythologies, the book features vampires, sea monsters and lizard monsters, giants, giant walruses, and half-dragons. Together, these characters and their stories offer an insight into how different cultures represent their fears. The book is illustrated throughout with outstanding new full-color annotated artworks for each character. Alongside easy-to-follow accounts of each character's story are fact-file boxes, locator maps, and size-comparison guides.