Virgil Finlay had a life-long interest in -- ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties. This great artist had a preoccupation with the fantastic and weird, and the myths and legends of antiquity fascinated him and were to become his models. When changing trends brought a decline in fantasy magazine art during the 1930s and 1940s, Finlay turned to the astrology magazines which gave him an opportunity to continue with his first love, fantasy art. Almost one hundred illustrations have been assembled for this book, including three color pieces. It was Finlay's belief that they were among his finest work, and it was a dream of his to see them collected in book form. With an introduction revealing much of his approach to the subject.