First, poll results
Thanks for voting. Our favorite guy was Asmodeus, hands down. Er, hooves down.
Have to admit I wasn’t expecting that. But point taken! You’ll see some more new ‘Demonspotting’ posts soon.
And whoever it was who got to this blog by searching for ‘conjuring Asmodeus,’ please reconsider. Really, don’t mess with this stuff.
Second, happy Independence Day!
Happy Independence Day, folks! Enjoy your freedom today, and every day. Now, on to the demons…
Ghoul on ghoul action 1: Ghul
The word ‘ghoul’ comes from the ancient Middle Eastern ‘ghul’ and is a classification of monster (and a specific monster, too) that means any monster that:
– Is undead
– Eats corpses
Mmmm, tasty corpses.
In Arabic folklore, a ghul is a demonic being that haunts graveyards. And that’s because graveyards are the best source of its favorite food, which is yummy, yummy corpses.
That’s right. The ghul likes nothing better that to chow down on a fresh dead guy. Or maybe it’s an unfresh dead guy. I’m not going to find out, you do it.
But just because a ghul snacks on the dearly departed does not mean he’s going to pass you over just because your heart’s sill beating. You’re not his favorite thing, but hey–any corpse in a storm. Plus, he can always kill you now, then wait a few days until your ‘best before’ date has passed.
Most of the time ghouls chill in the graveyard, all long nails and wiry hair, but they can also get dolled up to go out to play with the living. Ah, but ghouls can’t change the shape of their feet, so if you suspect that hot guy you’re dancing with is a ghul (maybe the corpse-breath?), look down. If you see donkey’s hooves, pretend you’ve got a call on your cell and make a break for the ladies room.
Special edition on Wednesday!
Barring demonic interference, I’ll celebrate a very special update on Tuesday, for DotW’s one month anniversary. It’s not often we get to see the birth of a myth, but there is something going on right now, today, that might turn out to be tomorrow’s legend. Watch for it Tuesday.
The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters
by Rosemary Ellen Guiley