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  • Byways of Ghost-Landby Elliott O'Donnell

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Stories of the supernatural have been around for thousands of years, but what is it in the human mind that compels us to repeat these tales? In this fascinating collection, scholar Elliot O'Donnell takes a detailed look at all kinds of spooky stories and explores possible connections that may help explain their origins. more...

  • Quirkologyby Richard Wiseman

    Pan Macmillan UK 2007; US$ 16.35

    While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest... more...

  • Zeus Grants Stupid Wishesby Cory O'Brien; Sarah E Melville

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 11.99

    Get this: Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. All our lives, we?ve been fed... more...

  • Clare Folk Talesby Ruth Marshall

    The History Press 2012; US$ 14.57

    County Clare has a rich heritage of myths and legends which is uniquely captured in this collection of traditional tales from the county. Discover the tales surrounding the tomb of the sun goddess Grianne in the village that bears her name, the caves where warrior giants are said to sleep and the strange creatures that were said to inhabit the loughs.... more...

  • Legendary Irelandby Eithne Massey; Jacques Le Goff; Pip Sides

    The O'Brien Press 2003; US$ 18.94

    This beautiful book visits twenty-eight richly atmospheric sites and tells the mythological stories associated with them. Woven into these landscapes are tales of love and betrayal, greed and courage, passion and revenge, featuring the famous characters of Celtic lore, such as Cú Chulainn, the children of Lír and Queen Maeve. The historical and archaeological... more...

  • Ancient Legends Retold: The Seat Perilous, The Quests of Arthur's Knightsby Bernard Kelly; June Peter

    The History Press 2013; US$ 11.65

    Around the round table there was always one seat which remained empty. This was the place left for the one who would one day attain the grail and redeem and restore the land. It was the first Hot Seat - if you sat there and were not that man you would be consumed by fire. It was known as the Seat Perilous. These are the untold stories of the knights... more...

  • A Brief History of Robin Hoodby Nigel Cawthorne

    Constable & Robinson 2013; US$ 13.11

    Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man but found its location during the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the... more...

  • A Brief Guide to the Greek Mythsby Steve Kershaw; Steve Kershaw

    Constable & Robinson 2013; US$ 14.57

    The book leads the reader through these vibrant stories, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the book explains key issues arising from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider... more...

  • A World Treasury of Riddlesby Phil Cousineau; Wes 'Scoop' Nisker

    Red Wheel Weiser 2001; US$ 14.95

    Mythologist and adventurer Phil Cousineau theorizes that riddles are proverbs turned into questions. He believes telling riddles is a lost folk art. This eclectic collection of brain twisters from Leonardo da Vinci to Lewis Carroll is designed to bring the practice back to the living room. Cousineau invites readers into the peripatetic, poetic, and... more...

  • The Weiser Field Guide to Witchesby Judika Illes

    Red Wheel Weiser 2010; US$ 14.95

    Witches peek from greeting cards and advertisements, and they dig twisted roots from the ground. Witches dance beneath the stars and lurk around cauldrons. Witches heal, witches scare, witches creep, and witches teach! A compendium of witches through the ages, from earliest prehistory to some of the most significant modern practitioners, The Weiser... more...