Let’s talk.

By JCrawford Uncategorized 2 Comments on Let’s talk.

Okay, as you might have noticed, I’m a horror writer. I’d like to bring up the topic of monsters with you, and see if we can get a little discussion going on.

What qualities make a monster terrifying to you, as a writer, and as a reader?

I’m curious.

-James Crawford


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  • Salmaan Dewar
    Posted on July 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    For me the scariest things are things that are utterly alien but have obvious intelligence but are vastly different and ultimately somethign we cannot understand etc.

    For example, the descriptions of the aliens and the Shoggoth in “At the mountains of Madness” by HP Lovecraft with their obvious sinister intellect, combined with slime and tentacles and killing power – that to me is scary. I can say the same about the aliens from the Aliens movies.

    I find it more scary than vampires or zombies.. which I can kind of relate to because they’re just humans that were changed in some way. Vampires for example still have wants and needs and likes and dislikes like any normal human – they just drink blood as well.

    I love HP Lovecraft’s cosmic horror writing because the aliens and creatures that he shows us are so utterly evil, utterly disgusting, obviously intelligent but we’re completely and utterly unable to sympathise. relate OR to understand them.

  • JCrawford
    Posted on July 9, 2012 at 1:08 am

    To extend what you’ve written a little bit (this is precisely the kind of response I was hoping for), what you find terrifying is a creature with insane power, can’t relate with you, and can’t communicate in a meaningful way. I find the “Aliens” xenomorph terrifying for much the same reasons.

    I’m working on a multi-part entry about scary critters, so I’m happy for your response and feedback.

    By the way, have you noticed it is difficult to get people to engage and reply here in the blog section?


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