L'Omo Nero

"Man in Black." A frightening monster from Italian folklore from the medieval period to the nineteenth century. L'Omo Nero was an evil bogie used to frighten children into good behavior (see nursery bogie). He corresponds to the Spanish El Coco.



  • Rose, Carol. (2000). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.