In Ramion not far from The Lost Magic Office is a forest. It is dark and creepy there.
When the boys (Julius, Alexander, Benjamin) enter the Forest with the rabbit Scrooey-Looey (they are spat out of a giant snake) all around are trees with evil eyes and leering mouths, slowly edging closer, bending down their twiggy branches and twiggy fingers to pinch the boys and rabbit hard.
The Lord of the Forest is the Gnarled Old Man. He likes to turn those who enter the Forest into monsters (he has a weakness for alliteration) or ghostly globs or piles of dust or whatever else takes his fancy. There are Bilious Butterflies, Globerous Ghosts, Mystic Mummies, Scary Scots, Venomous Vampires and many others.