Halloween is not the only season when monsters creep, slither and lie in ambush among us. Indeed, there's little the imagination can conceive that Mother Nature hasn't already dreamed up in one of her fouler moods. Some are harmless enough — peaceful creatures merely cursed with frightful features. Others, however, deserve the dread their fearsome forms inspire.
You'll find both on this list, a guided tour of creatures not often seen outside of illustrated bestiaries, myths or nightmares. Enjoy — and pleasant dreams.