|Place of origin||Iran|
|Related species||Demon, Jinni, Vampire, Zombie|
|Behind the Scenes|
Ghoul is a mythical creature originating from pre-Islamic Arabian religion, who lives in the graveyards and eats human flesh. Traditionally, it has been considered one of the many varieties of Jinn, although nowadays it's also commonly portrayed as an undead creature, vaguely akin to a Zombie.
Works featuring Ghouls
- Vathek, by William Beckford (1786)
- "The Ghoul", by Clark Ashton Smith (1934)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
- Alone in the Dark series
- The Elder Scrolls series
- World of Warcraft
- The Witcher series
- Some difficulty arises because the word "Ghoul" - similar to Aswang or Goblin - has also been employed as a generic term to refer to any supernatural monster, rather than a specific kind. A good example of this would be the animated film Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School, in which the titular institution's student body consists of a vampire, a lycanthrope, an artificial human, a ghost and a mummy.