A nature spirit from Slavic lore, described as an unsightly hag riding in a flying pestle and wielding a mortar. Should one encounter Baba Yaga, it is best not to anger the the cron, as she can bestow either good luck or ill fortune depending on the circumstance. She resides in a magical hut, suspended and transported by giant chicken legs. The hut is fabled to be vast in its interior and filled with mysterious passages.
The legend of the Bakekujira revolves around the sighting of a huge ghostly whale skeleton off the shores of Japan. The creature is said to be some sort of spirit and accompanied by hundreds of strange fish and birds. Some believe that the appearance of the Bakekujira is an omen of bad fortune in the region.
This spirit creature of East Asia is curious in appearance. The Baku has the head of an elephant, eyes of a rhinoceros, body of a bear, legs of a tiger and the tail of an ox. They are good creatures and are called upon to devour ones nightmares and ensure a good night’s sleep. In spite of their odd appearance, they are ferocious opponents and greatly feared by creatures and spirits of evil.
If you hear the eerie wailing of a woman in the night, it may be a Banshee. To hear the mournful screeching is said to foretell the death of a family member. In Ireland, the Banshee or Fairy Woman can appear as a hideous old hag or a beautiful, albeit somber maiden. They are sometimes seen near bodies of water, washing blood from the garments of the dead.
The Baobhan Sith are vampire-like creatures and always female. They lurk in wooded areas searching for young male hunters to prey upon. They will seduce the men through dance and when their victim is exhausted, the Baobhan Sith will slash their throat with long nails and drink their blood. The creatures are said to have the hooves of a deer for feet which they conceal beneath a long dress.
The Barbegazi is a Swiss gnome-like creature covered in white hair and having enormous feet which it uses to ski down the slopes of the mountainous regions it calls home.
Like the Banshee of Ireland, the appearance of a Barghest is thought to be an omen of death. The creature appears as a large black dog with glowing eyes, and huge teeth and claws. Legends of these creatures originate in Northern England, with one of the most famous of these beasts appearing in the area of Yorkshire. Barghests are also known by other names including Black Shuck, Devil Dog or Hound of Hell.
The Basilisk has been called the King of Serpents. Either because it is sometimes described as having crown-like horns encircling it's head or simply because its very gaze can cause instant death. There are two physical descriptions associated with the basilik. One is that of a small snake no more than 12 inches in length. The other is a lizard-like creature with multiple limbs.
Origin: Native American
The Baykok is an evil spirit inhabiting the Great Lakes region of the United Sates. It is also known as the Pau'guk and Bakaak among other names. The Baykok is an emaciated skeletal figure with the ability to fly and is said to have a shrill cry when swooping down upon its victims. It attacks warriors specifically who have performed evil or dishonorable deeds and does so with great brutality.
Origin: Native American
The Bigfoot or Sasquatch among many other names is a creature seen mostly across North America and Canada. Nearly all Native American peoples have their own name and legends for this creature. Adults are reported to be anywhere from 8 to 10 feet tall, covered in hair with human-like faces and a often emitting a powerful skunk-like stench which is sometimes also described as smelling like rotten eggs or meat.
Also known as Black Agnes, Black Anne and numerous variations thereof, this ogress is said to have a terrifying blue visage and lethal talons made of iron. She waits in the limbs of a great oak tree outside her cave in the hills for unsuspecting children to pass too close to her lair. Her cavern home is littered with the bones of children and lambs, the flesh of which she also apparently enjoys.
Also known as Rawhead and Bloody Bones or simply Tommy Rawhead, this creature can be found in in cellars, under staircases, in wooded ravines or near bodies of water. Anywhere disobedient children are warned not to go - you may find the Bloody Bones. Bloody Bones is described as having a ghastly face dripping with blood and crouching atop or near a pile of bones, presumably those of its victims.
The house boggart is said to be the least harmful of the two varieties, only causing mischief and playing pranks on its unwilling hosts. Often small annoyances such as premature spoilage of foodstuffs, tainted well water and startling of livestock at night would be attributed to the house boggart. Descriptions of the little troublemaker vary from a small, disheveled man to forms with more beastly attributes. All boggarts are said to have the ability to shapeshift.
This sinister version of the boggart lives in holes in the ground, deep woods, abandoned dwellings and anywhere that might conceal its nefarious activities. The malevolent boggart is ruthless and possesses brutal strength. It is known for stealing children and sometimes takes the form of a large, hideous beast with glowing red eyes. Boggarts are also known for their unwillingness to share a joint.