Folkorist explores possibility that mythic creatures once existed

Released on = March 27, 2007, 2:32 pm

Press Release Author = Gary R. Varner, Folklorist

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = New book explores the folklore and mythology around the
world concerning mythic creatures.

Press Release Body = Folklorist Gary R. Varner's newest release from Algora
Publishing explores the ancient myths of fairies, giants, mermaids, werewolves and
other creatures. Are these simply tales with a universal theme or are these tales
based on fact?

Creatures in the Mist: Little People, Wild Men and Spirit Beings Around the World by
Gary R. Varner is a fascinating account taken from the world's folklore and
mythology - and factual accounts - about fairies, Wild Men, sea monsters, giants,
mermaids and other creatures that may still reside in the hidden corners of the

Bringing together a medley of stories, myths, and folklore Gary Varner shares a
fascination and respect for humankind's early and contemporary cultures and wonders
at similarities across the board. Here, he focuses on \"Little People\" and giants,
animals and were-creatures, and the odd, helpful or threatening ways imputed to our
earthly companions including dogs and cats, bats and spiders, and the stories people
have told each other about them since time immemorial. Gary Varner has performed a
valuable service in these books. [Presenting] lore from about the world, a
collector's hoard of traditions rich and strange.

Varner has compiled a wealth of information on these mystical beings and how they
have played an important part in the development of humankind's traditions. Do the
universal tales of the Wild Man found in such diverse cultures as China, Polynesia,
Britain, Eastern Europe and the America's actually tell us about a separate race of
pre-human that may still exist in the legends of Big Foot and Yeti? Are the stories
of giants in Patagonia, observed by 17th century explorers, about the same race of
Titans spoken of by Native Americans and the giants relentlessly attacked and
slaughtered by the Hebrews in the Bible? Do the tales of fairies around the world
actually account for a race of diminutive people such as the "Hobbits" of Flores
Island in Indonesia?

Varner who concludes that many of our "myths" may be, in reality, fact, analyzes
these and other myths. Anyone interested in mythology, folklore, history and even
cryptozoology will enjoy this book. Creatures in the Mist is published by Algora
Publishing and will soon be available from all bookshops and online retailers.

Gary R. Varner is a folklorist with numerous books available on folklore and
mythology. Algora Publishing has published two of Varner's most recent books,
including Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred
Stones and The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature. Varner lives
in California and is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Foundation
for Mythological Studies. He has been included in various editions of Who's Who in
the World and Who's Who in America.

The author is available for interviews and will consider requests for review copies.

ISBN: 0875865453, $21.95 retail
Trade paperback. Biblio., Index, Illus.

Contact: Gary R. Varner



Gary R. Varner, Folklorist

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Contact Details = Gary R. Varner
PO Box 15635
Sacramento, CA 95852


phone: 916-342-7230

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