The author has revisited many of the most popular urban legends of our time and has brought them up to date in this omnibus. These are myths, rumours, legends and apocrypha which reflect the everchanging nature of a society entering a new millennium. What is an urban legend? The age of half-belief. Legends that go bump. The leopard in the luggage. The aardvark, the caravan and the mutant turtles in the dam. Urban legends in his lifetime. Political animals. The white apocalypse. The plane truth. Plots, bombs and demons. State department. Cleaner polishes off patient. Abduction, with trim and dye. Food for fears. Death, drugs and diet. Everything you never wanted to know about sex. Burglars are a gas. Aids, race, rape and rumour. A pain in the punchline.