A Wizards Bestiary
By Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Ash "LeopardDancer" DeKirk
"Oberon Zell! Who better to write such a book than this living legend from the magickal world. Here is the man who recreated living unicorns, who traveled to the remote South Seas in search of genuine mermaids." --Amber K, author of True Magick
Strange beasts of all kinds have crawled, run, swam, and flown through humanity's imagination and travelers' tales since the dawn of time. From Gryphons and Unicorns, to Dragons, Mermaids, and even more bizarre and fantastical animals, A Wizard's Bestiary takes you on a magical journey through the ages and around the world, to discover elusive creatures of myth and legend. Beware--here be Monsters!
The first section lists over 1,000 fantastic creatures from every land in an encyclopedic, alphabetical glossary format, from Aatxe to Zyphoeus. Each entry includes a small illustration, as well as cross-references to other related beasts. Next, the authors present more in-depth features on some of more interesting of these legendary beasts, such as the Sea Serpent and the Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar. History, myths, and legends of each creature are presented, with particular emphasis on identifying real-life origins of mythical creatures in actual living animals, such as the link between the Kraken and the giant squid. Expanded cryptozoological entries include the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Mokele-Mbembe, El Chupacabra, Mothman, and other mystery monsters reported by eyewitnesses but not yet confirmed by science.
A Wizard's Bestiary is profusely illustrated with old woodcuts, engravings, and other images from historical sources, as well as interpretations by modern artists, including the authors. No other bestiary has been so well-illustrated! Hand-drawn medieval-style maps by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart show purported locales of different beasts on all continents and seas.
Renowned Wizard Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is the author of the best-selling Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. He and his wife Morning Glory rediscovered the long-lost secret of the Unicorn in 1976, and in 1980, created the first of several living Unicorns, which became a worldwide sensation. In 1985, Oberon organized a diving expedition to New Guinea and the Coral Sea which solved the age-old mystery of the Mermaid, presenting his findings to the International Society of Cryptozoology.
He is the founder and Headmaster of the online Grey School of Wizardry (www.GreySchool.com). He lives in Sonoma County, California. Ash "LeopardDancer" DeKirk is the author of Dragonlore and Dean of the Departments of Alchemy and Divination, a Professor of Beast Mastery, and Instructor in Ceremonial Magick, Divination, Lifeways, Lore, and Magickal Practice at the Grey School of Wizardry. She lives in North Carolina.
Paperback: 357 pages
Publisher: New Page Books (December 30, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds