While many of our creatures come from Western mythologies, we do have some from around the globe, including a delightful tale based on Japanese Mythology, The Kappa, by author Lelia Rose Foreman.
Here, in her own words, we discover why she chose this creature.
When I lived in Japan, I enjoyed reading about a mythology that had nothing to do with Western history. In Japan, dragons are considered to be good and generous, frogs a symbol of wealth, bats a symbol of good luck. Another symbol of good luck is the Maneki Neko, the little waving cat you see in nearly every store window in Japan. The black version symbolizes protection. The kappa on the other hand is not lucky. The kappa is not as large as the European troll, but is just as mean. The meanness is balanced by its politeness. The sort of turtle, sort of amphibian, nasty water creature has a depression in its head that holds the water that gives it strength. I cannot think of any European mythical creatures that are its parallel.
You can meet Lelia's Kappa when the Fantastic Creature Anthology launches, November 17th.