All the books in all the world could not contain all there is to know. Benevolent mentors and custodians of wisdom are some of the hallmark characters of fantasy. Part mystic, part genius, the Sage is an essential driver of the Hero's Journey, delegating the task of changing the world to their often younger, more…
Nure Onna: Snake Woman
It's time for another female monster post over at Part-Time Monster! Today I talk about the origins and deceptions of Nure Onna, Snake Woman of Kyushu and coastal areas.
Kitsune Onna: The Fox Woman
I'm over at Part-Time Monster this week talking about the Kitsune, one of Japan's most beautiful and alluring female monsters. Easily equated with the mermaid brides of Europe, Kitsune Onna is not always evil, but almost always mischievous. Have a look and tell me what you think!
Tsukumogami: Inanimate Ghouls of Japan
October is all about the monsters, and this month, I have three posts planned at Part-Time Monster. First up, check out the Tsukumogami (九十九髪), the haunted artifacts of ninety-nine years. These uncanny monsters are some of the more amusing creatures to come out of Edo Period!
Futakuchi Onna: Two-Mouthed Woman
My series of Japanese female monsters continues at Part-time Monster this week, with the origins of Futakuchi Onna, or the Two-Mouthed Woman. If you have any sort of food anxieties or fears, you may be able to relate to this yokai doomed to have a perpetually-hungry mouth on the back of her skull. Have a…