I started thinking a little bit about all of science fiction and fantasy’s big-brained freaky mutants, monsters and aliens. I had never considered it until then, but – wow – there are a ton of them. So many, I made a list.Read More
We’ve got a lot European-flavored monsters in our fantasy fiction: trolls, dragons, ogres and vampire, just to name a few. It’s fine, they’re all classics and I love them, but as a long-time lover of monsters, I have to say that by focusing on the mythology of Europe, we as readers and writers end up missing out on a lot of cool and creepy stuff, like El Cuero: an evil blood sucking cow hide….Read More
Something horrifying is happening in Mochimochi land: the Super-Scary Mochimochi invasion! Tiny vampires, mummy kitties and goblins have arrived, and they’re here to stay. Don’t worry, little Mochimochis: they’re as cuddly as they are creepy.
It’s getting colder outside and Halloween is just around the corner. What better time to turn a time-honored tradition to creating [...]
Even in this world of computer generated imagery and effects, the movie industry still relies on practical effects. (i.e. Ones that have been fabricated in real life.) Film making is rife with experts, but what about giving a relative unknown a shot at showing what they can do? That is the goal of Face Off.Read More
Ted Kosmatka is the author of The Games, a novel of a near-future where genetically engineered monsters fight to the death in an internationally sanctioned Olympic event. There’s only one rule: No human DNA is permitted in the creation of these chimeric beasts. The designs of American geneticist Silas Williams have taken the gold in [...]Read More
Guillermo del Toro is horror and fantasy filmmaking’s resident auteur. The Mexican filmmaker’s visionary aesthetic, drawn from a youth steeped in traditional folktales, the pagan-tinted Catholicism of his native Mexico and a steady diet of horror movies, casts an unnervingly long shadow in an anemic industry dominated by cookie cutter Halloween and Friday the 13th knock-offs. An outsider, culturally and aesthetically, del Toro has more in common with the mutants and slashers of Hollywood’s mainstream horror films than any of the beautiful young people they bedevil.
The Star Wars universe holds a lot of terrors: Sith warriors, trash compactor monsters and the Sarlacc to name a few. While there are indeed sharks to be found in the myriad worlds of known space, why settle for an earthly horror when there are so many other gruesome creatures just beneath the surface of the waves? Let’s take a look at some of them.Read More