A RHYME OF MONSTERS
By Matthew J. Barbour
A is for the Alp, demon of the night.
B is for the Boggart, who kills you with his fright.
C is for the Centaur, a hybrid of man and horse.
D is for the Dvergar, whose origin is Norse.
E is for the Erlking, spirit which brings you death.
F is for the Funayurei, who never breathes a breath.
G is for the Golem, built of clay and prayers.
H is for the Hydra, who claws and bites and tears.
I is for the Ifrit, genie cloaked in fire.
J is for the Jengu, who swims down in the mire.
K is for the Kraken, scourge of the waves.
L is for the Lamia, who feasts on little babes.
M is for the Minotaur, alone down in his maze.
N is for the Naga, who will charm you with her gaze.
O is for the Orobas, horse-headed devil of old.
P is for the Phoenix, whose plumage is so bold.
Q is for the Quareen, jinn of great despair.
R is for the Rarog, who whirlwinds in the air.
S is for the Selkie, which changes into a seal.
T is for the Troll, who will eat you as his meal.
U is for the Uwan, that yells and screams and shouts.
V is for the Vodyanoi, who sits in the river and pouts.
W is for the Warg, hiding behind your shed.
X is for the Xian Tian, who doesn’t have a head.
Y is for the Yeti, standing atop mountains high.
Z is for the Ziz, who soars up in the sky.
My mom says monsters don’t exist, she tells me this, I swear.
But just in case this rhyme is true, know their names, take heed, beware!
About the Author:
Matthew J. Barbour is a speculative fiction author living with his wife and three children in Bernalillo, New Mexico. When he is not writing fiction, Mr. Barbour manages Jemez Historic Site and contributes to a number of regional newspapers, including the Red Rocks Reporter and the Sandoval Signpost.