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by Daniel Cohen

Age Range: 10 - 13

Pub Date: June 18th, 1991
ISBN: 0-399-22230-8
Publisher: Putnam

 From the demon cat said to stalk the U.S. Capitol building's ``confusing tangle of...winding passageways'' to the swarming ``rats of the Rhine,'' who take terrible vengeance on a man who ordered a peasant massacre, Cohen presents an array of animals who die but refuse to rest, or appear from nowhere only to vanish mysteriously. As always, his reports are drawn from folklore (``King of the Cats''), accounts of psychic investigators, newspaper articles (the Nottingham lion, the recent Chicago kangaroo), or regional ghost story compilations; he relates them calmly, and in an evenhanded manner. Cohen doesn't include source notes; nor does he claim that everything here can be substantiated--but if readers ``happen to believe the story while...reading it, so much the better.'' (Nonfiction. 10-13)