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> The Dictionary of Mythology
Is this the book? http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Mythology-Themes-Legends-Heros/dp/0572032226
Would love to know which book you're talking about.
Pretty much any I could get my hands on. :) When I need a new demon, I usually go digging around based on what abilities I need it to have. (i.e.: If the game balance numbers call for a new Fire demon, I go looking for myths about creatures associated with fire), and I dig until I find one that sounds interesting to me. Since I'm searching based on design needs rather than by mythology, I end up with creatures from all sorts of sources. :D
This website is a good example of a source I use for such searches. It isn't 100% perfect, largely because it doesn't call out sources too well which makes it tougher than I'd like to verify how accurate it is, but I have books and other websites that can help with that.
I do also sometimes flip through those books (including my favorite, The Dictionary of Mythology ) just sort of scanning for interesting sounding myths: if I find some, I make note of them for later and consult that list when I need new demons to see if any fit what I'm looking for.
Several years ago I picked up The Dictionary of Mythology by J.A. Coleman from the bargain book section at Barnes and Noble. It has entries for characters of many world cultures. It gives only a sentence to a small paragraph of information about each entity, but I found that if it was enough to pique my interest, I would research more detail from other sources. A random entry:
> Isa Bere (African) a dragon. This beast swallowed all the water of the Niger. After a battle lasting for some 800 years, Samba managed to kill the dragon and the river began to flow again.
If you look for it on Amazon or elsewhere, make sure you get the 2007 version which is over 1400 pages. The newer version is abridged and only contains a little more than 300 pages.
here There is a newer version that is cheaper but I don't know why, if they cut things and whatnot. I've had mine for years. Its great. the only downside is there is not index of any kind. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting knowing the next step, but it has a ton of hard to find information.