14 April 2012

M is for Monsters (A-Z Challenge)

M is for Monsters

The poster-child of the 1980’s horror genre, monsters come in many shapes, forms and sizes.  Unfortunately they’ve been usurped by the new paranormal trends of vampires, witches, fairies, angels and demons which are easier to fall in love with or feel sympathy towards.

Scenario:  If you’re the revivalist type, a monster can be bent to any situation you like – a small town terrorized by giant worms, a city with mutated monsters lurking underground, a bunch of shape-shifters taking over the bodies of unsuspecting folk and planning their worldwide domination.

Characters:  You’ll need realistic, scary monsters that can be imagined through the written word – the line between scary and cheesy is pretty fine, so you’ll need to decide which side of the line you want to be on and stick to your guns with as much goop and as many eyes as necessary.  Your human characters need to be brave enough to take on the monsters and think of a clever way to defeat them without resorting to just shooting ‘em full of lead (that never works, we know this people!)

Location: Tied into scenario, your location is paramount – a small town cut off and eaten by monsters works, as does a whole bunch of nasty lurking in the drains. 

Stand alone or series: Most probably this is a stand-alone – you’ll want the humans to defeat the monsters without any (or much) possibility of return.  You could make a series, but you’ll need to work hard on making your monsters smart and realistic.

Recommended by Me

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

Published: 1983

Pages: 432 (paperback)

They thought it was the work of a maniac or terrorists or toxic contamination -- but then they found the truth, which was worse than anything they had imagined...

Recommended To Me

The Rats (Rats #1) by James Herbert

Published: 1974

Pages: 208 (hardcover)

For millions of years man and rats had been natural enemies. But now for the first time - suddenly, shockingly, horribly - the balance of power had shifted and the rats began to prey on the human population.


  1. Ughhhh - just the name "The Rats" is enough to terrorize me :-)

  2. Phantoms was one of the first Koontz books I ever read and one of his best along with Watchers and Odd Thomas.

  3. I haven't read Phantoms, but since Barkles says it's up there with Watchers, I'll probably have to check it out. Rats, on the other hand, I will probably have to avoid. 1984 ruined those beasts for me. :-)



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