Thea watched their torch-bearing captors recede into the distance and leave them to the cave's darkness. Her brother Icarus whispered "forgive me - I wanted to come to the Country of the Beasts, not to the Cave of the Minotaur".
Then they heard the soft padding of feet (or hooves?), and the curdling bellow of an enraged monster. It was the-bull-that-walks-like-a-man, a hybrid of man and beast, monstrous to the eye, and roaring with cold malevolence.
Thea began to feel her way along the walls; their dampness oozed like blood between her fingers. She rounded a turn and looked up and up into the eyes of the Minotaur, and his red, matted hair...
Cover Illustration: Brian Froud