The South African Tikoloshe is an odd sort of water demon in that it’s covered with hair. Usually water spirits tend toward the scaly type (though the Nokk and other mermaid types have hair, they come with an order of scales on the side). More than anything else, the Tikoloshe looks like a baboon, with hair all over and arms that drag on the ground. But it can shape-shift into a black bird with the head of a skull (a bird-skull), a form it uses to scout victims.
I nearly put this guy in the vampire classification, though. But he doesn’t drink blood, he sucks energy. Sexual energy, that is. When a Tikoloshe leaves his African river, he’s looking for a woman. Normally he’s able to get what he wants by pretty words and doing favors–the seduction tactics. He’s charming as all crap (and probably has to be extra charming to make up for all that hair), and many women fall for it. But if they don’t, he’s willing to resort to force if that’s what it takes, or kidnapping.
That’s why you should raise your bed on bricks. If you do, the short demon won’t be able to reach you while you’re sleeping.
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
by Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack