Every culture has its own mythology, and many of these myths feature mystical creatures. Here you’ll find a small sampling of my personal favorites. You will see that I gravitated toward the Greek characters—which may be due to my own interest in the topic or to the fact that many Greek monsters were incorporated into other regions’ mythologies as the Greeks conquered most of the known world at the time. But aside from the Greek beings, you’ll discover magical creatures from a few other regions. Mythological beasts come in all shapes and sizes, and each has a fascinating backstory of its own. So pick up your pencil ...

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