I have a love for Mythological creatures--monsters, mermaids, Selkies, golems and whatnot-- angels of death. . .
Being a refugee from Catholicism, I'm acquainted with all manner of imaginary apparitions, angels and the like. Being Irish there is also that whole passel of Jenny-Linds, faeries and bog-trotting terrors embroidered into our narrative as well.
I've always liked gryphons. Nobody can tell you exactly their genesis, though they are spotted most often in the heraldic symbolism of the British empire.