Is there anything better than monsters?
I mean not just scary monsters, either. Aliens and Hellraiser are great and all, but I love monsters of all types. I love monsters in Adventure Time as much as I love them in Lord of the Rings.
Monsters have penetrated every corner of entertainment, and they are the perfect literary device to talk about everything from racism to the dangers of nuclear war and to do it in a way that isn’t preachy or heavy-handed. The subtle genius of Godzilla is that it got me thinking and talking about nuclear war, even when I was too young to understand what nuclear war even meant.
Studying monsters in literature and movies is also a great way to find out what people worried about throughout the ages. Take Aliens. You might consider Aliens one of the greatest horror sci-fi movies of all time, but it was also a movie steeped in fear over the HIV epidemic of the 1980s. You have to look under the hood to see the parallels which go all the way down to why Ripley was the last person left alive and the only one to survive, but they exist.
On top of all that, monsters can represent anyone and everyone at the same time. There isn’t a person alive who can’t see themselves represented in some form of monster or another, whether it’s feeling invisible to others like the Invisible Man or being a walking ball of rage like the Hulk, there is a monster for everybody.
Unfortunately, most people associate monsters with horror, when they can be so much more.
That’s why I decided to publish the Monsters and Other Scary Sh!t anthology, so that people can appreciate all the amazing ways monsters can be used, from horror to fantasy to sci-fi, and beyond. It’s a 224-page anthology devoted to everything I love about monsters, filled with stories from 30 creative teams jamming out about monsters. It’s the monster book I always wanted, made by monster fans for monster fans.
If you love comics, anthologies, and especially monsters, check it out today by heading to Kickstarter, or by clicking here KICKSTARTER LINK
What’s your favorite monster?
Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, consultant, and, most of all, a monster lover. He runs Wannabe Press, a small press that creates weird books for weird people and hosts The Business of Art podcast.