As pop culture monsters, golems may not have the cachet of zombies or vampires but they haunt us nevertheless, as shown in recent works by China Miéville, Joann Sfar, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman, Emily Barton, Eli Eshed and Uri Fink, and others. Yet the nature and origins of the golem may not be what you expect.

Read the full essay at the Jewish Review of Books.