|Manticore, Der Naturen Bloeme manuscript|
c. 1350, National Library of the Netherlands
This author had used a creature called a manticore. Here's the definition from http://www.theoi.com/Thaumasios/Mantikhoras.html "THE MANTIKHORAS (or Manticore) was a fabulous man-eating Persian monster with the body of a lion, the face of a man, and a spike-tipped arrow-shooting tail. The name "Manticore" was reputedly derived from a Persian word meaning "man-eater."
This author turned that beast into something more in keeping with our urban fantasy/paranormal sensibilities - the mantikhoras (as he wrote) walked the world as a beautiful woman but would turn into this beast to kill when provoked.
It was all very, very cool.
I do not doubt there are other great monsters out there to enthrall and terrify us. Please, share with me your favourites!