Every now and again, our fantasy worlds come up with a creature that is a little odd. They not only give our creation a little flavor but it gets our reader’s attention. Here a just a few examples of weird creatures in mythology and literature.
A creature originating in Chinese folklore, is said to be the devour-er of dreams and nightmares and is like a Chimera in the way it is an amalgamation of different animals. In the lore of Japan, you can summon the Baku to devour the nightmares you have when you sleep but if he is not satisfied with that he will also devour you hopes and dreams leaving you empty and hollow to live out your life.
Inhabitants of Northern Narnia, the Marsh-Wiggles are kind of pessimistic creatures. They have webbed feet and are rarely seen outside their marshes. The reason they are weird mainly for their appearance alone of having greenish skin, gray straw-like hair, and seem to be always covered in mud and dirt.
This creature comes from the Book of Imaginary Beings, and is another creature that is in appearance an amalgamation of other creatures. It’s head and front of the body are that of a stag and it’s hind quarters and wings are that of a very large bird. What makes it strange and probably terrifying is that it will only cast it’s shadow in the shape of a man until kills one itself. You would never see it coming.
This creature is humanoid in form, but stands with one leg and a giant foot, and that’s about all that is described of them. I am pretty sure that because of how the lower half of their body is set up they may be able to jump higher than the average human.
The Creatures of Wonderland
If you’ve read the stories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you know what I’m talking about.
Have you come across any weird creatures in your reading and writing? Let me know about the weirdest creature you’ve come across in the comments below!
Demons are a part of many cultures theologies, though they are not always called so. largely they are considered as part of monotheistic religions, like Christianity, but are also seen in wide variety in Asiatic cultures.
Creature Cheat Sheet:
Type: Magical, Spirit, possible Beast
Habitat: Depends on the Demon and cultural basis
Possible Origin: Greece? Japan?
Best Seen: Supernatural
Representations of demons can depend on the writer. Some can have special abilities and vary upon scale, but for the most part it is agreed they are able to possess a human and control them. If anything, demons are often strategic and tactful in what they do, but are always up to no good.
At some point or another, we have all wanted a pet. For myself, I lucked out with cats.
One of many, many cats that I’ve had over the years.
Animals can make really good companions. Whether magical or not, the pet of your hero can bring more than a little humanity to them. They bring a closeness that may be difficult to show with others. Not to mention readers often become attached to the pet too.
Villains on the other hand, don’t often show attachment to pets, and when they do people start thinking of that one Bond villain. Though it is possible to use them as a sort of tool for the villain. Not only does it give them a weakness, it shows that they are capable of caring for a creature though it may not be the same for human life.
But what kind of pets should you go for? Well the better question is what type of creatures exist in your world? Can they be “domesticated”?
Do you have a couple of characters with pets? What pets are they? Let me know in the comments below!
When you go down the beach towns along the Outer Banks and in Virginia Beach, something you see is the statues along the road. Each town has it’s own statue that is theirs, one town has all mermaid statues. I remember passing by them every summer and love looking at the silly designs when I was little. I don’t get to go back to my hometown much, but I do miss those statues.
With growing up near the beach, you hear the old sea tales about creatures that would lure sailor to their deaths, and mermaids were usually involved. Women with beautiful faces enticing men into the water to their deaths. Normally it isn’t described what the mermaid does with the body after it drowns, but this is good! You have so much wiggle room to take it how ever you want to.
Type: Magical, Human/Beast Hybrid
Habitat: Deep Sea, Ocean
Similar to: Kelpie, Siren, Naiad
5) Jim Butcher
A fantasy author who “swings both ways” Jim Butcher is the go-to when you are starting out. Whether you are trying out contemporary fantasy with his sassy Dresden Files or high fantasy with his Codex of Alera series, you always crave more of the genre once you put the book down.
4) Patricia Briggs
Briggs is another author that can hit both types of fantasy with ease, though she sticks more with contemporary fantasy. Her strength is creating leading female characters that are powerful on their own but often take some time to find it. Both badasses on their own and even more so with their pack’s behind them.
3) Terry Pratchett
Now to hit the confusing. Terry Pratchett is one of the most prolific fantasy writers in history with his Discworld series. He was the type of author that truly liked to go at the genre at all angles as each book takes a different view of the genre. Not to mention his universe is so though out that they are still publishing books that explain Discworld.
Another go to with high fantasy. His Wheel of Time series is a must read for any high fantasy fan. Though the series is very, very long winded the read is worth it as he had every single detail planned out. Though not as much death and blood as George Martin, the world is planned out and the characters are well fleshed out.
1) J.R.R. Tolkien
He is more than the Father of Fantasy. Reading Tolkien is really a right of passage.