A DOCTOR IN MARYLAND HAS ONE CLIMBING his chimney. Another lurks in the baggage area at the new Denver airport. A fearsome specimen keeps watch over the swimming pool of Court TV's Arthur Miller. A grotesque gaggle stars on its own Disney animated TV series. They're gargoyles--and for reasons no one can quite fathom they've become the hottest commodity to emerge from the Middle Ages since Gregorian chant. Though their scary Gothic ancestors patrolled the cathedrals of Europe, serving double duty as protectors from evil and divertors of rainwater, today's gargoyles are more likely to turn up as tchotchkes--pencil holders, bookends,...

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