A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 28: Fantasy Squad – Zombies

It might be an obvious choice, but who wouldn't include Zombies as part of their theme - they're awesome! Much like vampires, zombies have been portrayed in a variety of ways and apart from the (mostly) undead part - writers have enjoyed to play with the rules and, well, basically scare us half to death. … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 28: Fantasy Squad – Zombies

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 29: Fantasy Squad – Yeti

The Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, is an interesting creature because, though most agree the Yeti is part of myth, cryptozoologists have been trying to prove the existence for years. I remember an advertisement years ago for Stones Bitter. The barman was based on this legendary creature, which led to lines such as "Are you open, … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 29: Fantasy Squad – Yeti

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 28: Fantasy Squad – Xena (and other female warriors)

My options were limited today, so I had to find a best fit. I was going to talk about Xelhua, one of the seven giants from Aztec mythology. But Xelhua doesn't work for two reasons: one, I've already done giants, and two, I cannot find any references to the giant in fiction. But I will tell you … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 28: Fantasy Squad – Xena (and other female warriors)

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 25: Fantasy Squad – Vampires

The origins of the vampire myth are difficult to pinpoint, but certainly vampires have been around for centuries. There is a belief that vampires were born of sorcery in ancient Egypt – the summoning of a demon into our world. The Chinese jiangshi are wrathful dieties who attack people to drain their life essence. They … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 25: Fantasy Squad – Vampires

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 24: Fantasy Squad – Undine

You might be surprised by my choice today, then again, you might not! I considered unicorn, and though I love these mythical creatures, I decided to explore something new. Undines, (also spelled Ondine) are water nymphs, and some people believe they have been around since the beginning of time. Nature spirits are common to all … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 24: Fantasy Squad – Undine

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 23: Fantasy Squad – Trolls

When I was little I used to believe trolls lived under bridges. Clearly that stemmed from one of my favourite stories - The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I liked to think of the billy goats as siblings; the younger two relying on their big brother for protection. I enjoyed the way the tables were turned and when … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 23: Fantasy Squad – Trolls

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 22: Fantasy Squad – Sirens

I've talked about my father's love of Greek mythology before, (Melissa was the name of a nymph who nursed an infant Zeus), and my interest in sirens probably stems from his own fascination (I'm lucky he wasn't a sailor!). Sirens are often confused with harpies because they are both hybrids; combining women and birds. I'm … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 22: Fantasy Squad – Sirens

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 21: Fantasy Squad – Reaper

I'm not sure if that's cheating, but I'll probably get off on a technicality! This post is about the Grim Reaper, also known as Death or the Angel of Death. "You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper" (Quote taken from Bill and Ted's … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 21: Fantasy Squad – Reaper

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 20: Fantasy Squad – Questing Beast

Today I'll be considering the virtues of the Questing Beast for my fantasy squad; a creature from Arthurian legend. It has been referred to by other names, including the Barking beast; an intriguing monster and the subject of many a quest! Depictions of the Questing Beast are conflicted, but my favourite is probably the version … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 20: Fantasy Squad – Questing Beast

A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 18: Fantasy Squad – Pegasus

No squad is complete without Pegasus, at least in my opinion. I have always loved the flying horse; a particular favourite within Greek mythology. You probably don't need to know that I collected as many pictures, trinkets, and stories as I could growing up. I dreamt Pegasus came to whisk me away to places unknown … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge – Day 18: Fantasy Squad – Pegasus