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GHOLE

(GOOL)
Variations: Gholi, Gho?l, GHOULAS, Goule, Gouli, Labasu
Covered in thick HAIR, the ghole from Arabic lore also has long tusks, one large cyclopean eye, and a long neck like an ostrich. Using its ability to shape-shift into a human of either sex, it lures lone travelers to a secluded place where it may then consume the flesh and drink the blood. On occasion it has been known to fall in love with a human, and when it does, it will capture that person and take him or her on as a mate. The off-spring from such couplings produces a new type of ghole, a monstrous being that is a fast, savage, extremely effective predator that takes delight in killing and raping.
Source: Colin de Plancy, Dictionnaire Infernal; Encyclop?dia Metropolitan, 70; Gustafson, Foundation of Death, 32­33; Jones, On the Nightmare, 112; Smedley, The Occult Sciences, 70; Summers, Vampire: His Kith and Kin, 204
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