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Press kit for The Mythic Bestiary by Tony Allan (Duncan Baird Books), October 2008

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  • 2624BlaisdellAveMinneapolis,MN55408www.catalystpublicity.com

    Forreviewcopies: Formediabookings:KristaMargies LisaBraunDubbels,PublicistSterlingPublishingCo.,Inc. CatalystPublicity&PromotionGroup646.688.2510646.688.2596fax 651.343.7315y866.908.2455faxkmargies@sterlingpublishing.com lisa@catalystpublicity.com

    THE MYTHIC BESTIARY TheIllustratedGuidetotheWorldsMostFantasticalCreaturesTonyAllan Awonderfulcollectionofthemostextraordinarycreaturesofthehuman imaginationfrom terrifying vampires andwereanimalstosinistershapeshiftersandfabulousdragonsFrom the beginning, people have believed in the mysterious and thesupernatural. Mythologies from around the world include stories ofstrangeandterrifyingcreatures, includingtheunicorn, thewendigooftheAlgonquinpeople,TheCelticbanshee,trolls,ogres,andthefantasticdragonsreveredandfearedbybothWesternandEasterncultures.Withstunningartworkandawealthofenchantingtales,TheMythicBestiarycasts light on these shadowy creatures, displaying them in all theirbeautyandferocity.Though these monsters are obviously fiction (or are they?), only acenturyortwoagobeliefinmonsterswascommonplace.Eventoday,arecord number (estimated at 19%) believe in the existence of theseotherworldly beings. Sightings of monsters are commonplace andcelebratedinourpopularculture.TheMythicBestiary isorganizedintothreepartsthebeastsoftheair,thoseoftheearthandthoseoftheaquaticrealms.Coverageincludesthemonstersandhybridsoftheclassicalworld,themyriadserpentsanddragonsofbothEastandWest,themalevolentogresand trollsofScandinavia, and theelusivecannibals, shapeshiftersandapepeopleof thedense forestsofNorth America and Eurasia. Aswell as describing the classic appearance of each beast, there are numerous references tocontemporary incarnations in film and literature. Indispensable for all those drawn to the beasts ofmyth and legend, TheMythicBestiarybringsthesecompellingcreaturesthrillinglytolife.ABOUTTHEAUTHORAfterstudyinghistoryatOxfordUniversity,TonyAllanwasformanyyearsawriterandeditorwithTimeLifeBooks,servingasSeriesEditoroftheTimeLifeHistoryoftheWorldandworkingasanauthorandconsultantonMythandMankind,atwentyvolumestudyofcomparativemythology.HeistheauthorofVikings,AncientRome,TheArchaeologyoftheAfterlife,andTheSymbolDetective.

  • 2624BlaisdellAveMinneapolis,MN55408www.catalystpublicity.com

    ASAMPLEOFCREATURESFROMTHEMYTHICBESTIARY: TherewasnosightthatgladdenedtheheartofaChineseemperormorethana

    fenghuang, but few ever got to see one. Fenghuangs were propitious,appearingonlyintimesofprosperityandpeace.

    Lamia, the halfwoman, halfsnake with a cannibalistic appetite for eatingotherwomenschildren,andtheabilitytoreplaceherowneyesatwill.

    Faeries,knownforstealingmortalbabiesfromtheircradles,leftchangelingsbehindfairy infants that were often wizened or deformed with specialpowers.

    Thecluricauns,party loving leprechauns,usually founddrunk inrichmenswinecellarsorridingonthebackofsheep.

    TheLeviathan, thewaterborndragonof the sea,whoaccording to theOldTestamentwillbekilledbytheLordintheendtime.

    The Yukkionna of Japanese culture, beautiful and sereneand a ruthlesskillerofunsuspectingmortals.

    The Squonk of the Pennsylvania wild who evades capture by dissolvingcompletelyintoapooloftearsandbubbleswhencornered.

    TheGrendel,theantagonistoftheepicpoemBeowulf,asourceofdebateforscholars,suchasJRRTolkienandSeamusHaney.

    TheMothman creatureofWestVirginiaawingedmansized creaturewithlargereflectiveredeyesandlargemothlikewing.

    SAMPLEPAGELAYOUTSFROMTHEMYTHICBESTIARY:

    TheMythicBestiaryMateriaMonstrum

    TheIllustratedGuidetotheWorldsMostFantasticalCreatures

    TonyAllen

    DuncanBaird,animprintofSterlingPublishing

    Saledate:October7,2008

    192ppISBN:1844834846

    ISBN13:9781844837199$29.95USy$32.95CAN

    Hardcoverwithjacket11x8130gsmmatteartpaper

    Morethan60largeartworksin4colorand30lineartworks,

    plusapproximately10photographsin4color