The study of cryptozoology is a fascinating one, but sadly, like most subjects, there is always an element of regurgitation when it comes to some books. Richard Freeman's magnum opus, The Great Yokai Encyclopedia, is, thankfully unique, a monstrous volume that combines cryptozoological know-how, exhaustive folkloric study and a deep passion for monsters. Whether you are interested in Asian monsters, critters, folkloric phantoms and the like or not, you must take your hat off to Richard for constructing an unbeatable tome that reads like some surreal tapestry from Japanese history. Richard has peered under every rock and delved into every crevice to reveal a weird menagerie of beasts - only a fraction of such would have been heard of by even the most consumed of monster hunters and researchers. Whilst some of the apparitions contained within could well have been once real animals, there are also those entries which simply prove how bizarre folklore and belief can be, and that whether comical or truly horrifying, one can only become absorbed by this encyclopedia of the truly monstrous. This book is a vital piece in cryptozoology's ever changing cabinet of curiosity.