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Today, I thought I'd ask some other authors about their favorite monsters. (Bonus: check out their books!) This was fun to compile. Here's what they had to say:
Donald J. Bingle, author of Net Impact, (Dick Thornby Thriller Book 1), has a good point about calling the Doppelganger/Shapeshifter the scariest of all. "Because once those are in play, you just can't trust anybody, so there is never any rest or respite from the fear of betrayal and death."
Kody Boye, author of The Scarlet Jane Files, likes what has become a classic monster in our time - the monster from Stephen King's It: "Pennywise is mine -- since it, can transform into any and everything it wants to terrorize you." (What's a list without King, right?)
Naching T. Kassa, author and contributor to the Crescendo of Darkness anthology, likes the true classic monsters: (Who can't feel for Larry Talbot in Universal's Werewolf movie?) "Werewolves are the best monsters. They're a tortured soul inside a monster's body."
Selene MacLeod, author and contributor to Fresh Blood (Vampire Writers Support Group Book 1), says her favorites are "skinwalkers. I've been listening to a lot of "true skinwalker stories" over on YouTube, and they never cease to be freaky all!"
(Got me curious - see video at end for a set I found... Beware...)
Carol J. Marshall, author of The Demon Dealer: A Horror Novel, offers this creepy monster: "Eyeball guy Pans Labyrinth. He’s silent and almost elegant in movement. Disgusting to look at and gives the viewer an incredible creepy crawl across the back of the neck!" (Agreed!!)
Chantal Noordeloos, author and contributor to A Plague of Shadows: A Written Remains Anthology, prefers her monsters to have an innocent demeanor: "I have to go with the trope: scary little girl. There’s nothing that terrifies me more than seeing that which you expect to be innocent, be utterly evil."
Loren Rhoads, author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, offers another classic monster - the vampire. Quoting Lestat in Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, "Evil is a point of view. We are immortal. God kills, and so shall we; no creatures under God are as we are..."
For David Schmidt, author of Three Nights in the Clown Motel, his favorite, not surprisingly, is "the killer clown. Indecipherable, inscrutable, terrifying. Not to mention, recent history has given us far too many real-life examples." And he admits, "it won't stop being my favorite monster, book or no book!"
C.A. Verstraete, author of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, admits zombies give her a scare, but it's the unknown, the thing hiding in the closet, that really freaks her out. "Who doesn't remember looking at the closet, wondering if the door is shut, wondering if there is something hiding in there waiting to come out? It's the psychological horror that really makes your heart pound harder."
Jay Wilburn, author and contributor to Zombie Epidemic, slyly gives another author's monster a plug. (And it's a good one): "Ob in Brian Keene’s Rising universe. (The Rising: Author's Preferred Eidtion.) He’s a demon who possesses the dead and creates a powerful, relentless zombie."
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