By Science Fiction Author,
To be clear we are talking monster as in fictional monsters. All kinds of monsters exist that are real. And probably some of the most horrifying monsters are the human kind. I am not referring to those types, but to the type born from the imagination.
The Short of It
The most memorable monsters are on a loop in our society and are continually being resurrected on the big screen, like the current undertaking by Universal to reboot such classic movie monsters as Dracula, The Mummy, Wolf Man, and Frankenstein.
The Long of It
I have three questions to answer.
1. What makes a monster classic?
2. Is it possible to create a monster today that will survive
reanimation over the ages?
3. Do we have any modern-day monsters that you think will survive centuries like the Big Four classics have done?
For our Probe into monsters, I’ve listed a couple of guidelines.
- Creating a monster does not include aliens, zombies, dinosaurs, or dragons. (We will explore some of these in later blogs.)
- Must be a monster born of the imagination.
- Our creation would likely be found in a legend, a myth, a horror fiction or film, or a fantasy.
- He must be created from the imagination of a writer.
- The monster should be so depraved—in actions or appearance or both—that society and even his maker reject him and try to destroy him. This gives the monster something with which we as humans can empathize.
- His detestability is derived from something unnatural like the dead coming back to life, the undead, or being composed of the parts of numerous dead people.
“And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper.”
The Probe—probing the unknown in science fiction, science, paranormal, fiction, ghosts, monsters, aliens, space, UFOs, strange, and weird.