(literally “the screamer”) also called drek and drekalo ‘дрекавац’ in Serbian - a mythical creature in south Slavic mythology. Drekavac come from the souls of children who have died unbaptised. The creature is not consistently described - one description is that its body is dappled, elongated and thin as a spindle, with disproportionately large head; yet another is that it is some kind of bird; a modern idea is that the drekavac body looks like a dog or a fox, but with hind legs similar to those of kangaroo. It may also appear in the form of a child and call for people passing near the cemetery to baptise it. The one feature everyone agrees about is its apparently horrifying yell.