By Michael Dibdin
After his adventures less than sun-drenched Neapolitan skies in Cosi Fan Tutti, Aurelio Zen unearths himself again in Rome, sneezing in a humid wine cellar and being given one other unorthodox task: to liberate the jailed scion of a major wine-growing relatives who's accused of a brutal homicide. Zen travels north to an Italy as outwardly serene as Naples was once manic. Amid the quiet fields, autumnal skies and crumbling farmhouses of Piedmont, Zen needs to try and penetrate a conventional tradition within which kinfolk and soil are inextricably associated. right here secrets and techniques can final for generations, and feature a end as lengthy and lingering as that of an excellent Barbaresco. Zen also needs to stand up to mysteries from his personal previous, in addition to grapple with the greed, envy, hatred and love which are the human elements of any panorama.
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The Fachen (or Fachan, Fachin) is a horrible, birdlike monster with a single eye in the middle of its forehead, a mangled arm jutting out from its chest, and a single leg growing at an awkward angle. It is covered in feathers, with a tuft of them like a cock’s comb on its head. Roaming desolate back roads in search of human prey, whom it mutilates before killing, it ruffles up its feathers like a turkey before leaping upon its victim. The Peallaidh (“Shaggy One”) inhabits the upland rivers and forests of Perthshire, Scotland.
Some cryptozoologists have noted the similarity of this description to the Cretaceous ceratopsian, Monoclonius; however, those animals were herbivores. See Coje ya Menia, Kasai Rex, Mokêle-M’Bêmbe, Ngoubou. Empusa (or Empousa, pl. Empusae)—A shapeshifting female monster in Greek folklore, she is human from the waist up, with one leg of an ass and the other of brass. The goddess Hecate sends Empusa to harass lone travelers on dark country roads. Appearing as a Black Dog, a mule, an ox, or even a beautiful woman, she scares to death or eats anyone she encounters.
Patrick’s Purgatory. Cows of Näkki—Bovine water monsters in Estonian folklore, they are driven up from the depths by the monstrous Näkki (a giant Water-Horse similar to the Irish Kelpie). It is said that if one of these could be captured, it would give superior milk. See Tairbh-Uisge, Water-Bull. Creature from the Black Lagoon —A humanoid fish appearing in three Universal movies: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954); Revenge of the Creature (1955); and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). In the first film, a paleontology expedition along the Amazon River discovers the Black Lagoon and its prehistoric inhabitant.