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

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

by Carol Mack, Dinah Mack


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805062700
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/15/1999
Edition description: REV
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 193,172
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About 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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Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
damsorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the only thing i learned from this book is that i need to solicit a huge grant to go around the world studying demons and possession and then turn that into a well-written and comprehensive yet fascinating tome because apparently nobody else can pull it off, cough cough carol mack.
WillyMammoth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Field Guide is a decent primer for anyone wanting an overview of various figures of myth and folklore. The book is written in a style similar to Max Brooks's "The Zombie Survival Guide," in that it purports to be an actual guide for such creatures. And while it may be entertaining for a few pages, this kind of tongue-in-cheek treatment diminishes the depth of information that the book offers. I would have liked to see deeper information about the mythology behind the creatures, the tales that they come from, etc. But for what it is, the book was pretty decent. Several of the entries also came with interesting illustrations of historic woodcuts, which was a nice touch. Overall it was a decent read, and it went by fairly fast. It has some interesting information, but at the same time, the book isn't for the serious student of mythology.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a totally fun, fascinating look at demons and malevolent spirits from all over the world. At times it is of necessity disappointingly brief in its descriptions, but the wide-ranging bibliography at the back of the book provides more than enough fodder for those who want to delve deeper into the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Reality_Jumper More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
the bast real book that saved my life from the demons