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  1. Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
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  2. Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

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Monsters are more than things that go bump in the night...

Monsters are lurking in the woods, beneath the waves, and within our favorite books, films, and games--and there are good reasons why they appear so often. Monsters are manifestations of our fears and symbols of our society--not to mention they're a lot of fun--but each should serve a purpose and enhance the themes and tension in your fiction.

In Writing Monsters, best-selling author Philip Athans uses classic examples from books, films, and the world around us to explore what makes monsters memorable--and terrifying. You'll learn what monsters can (and should) represent in your story and how to create monsters from the ground up.

Writing Monsters includes:

  • In-depth discussions of where monsters come from, what they symbolize, and how to best portray them in fiction
  • Informative overviews of famous monsters, archetypes, and legendary creatures
  • A Monster Creation Form to help you create your monster from scratch
  • An annotated version of H.P. Lovecraft's chilling story "The Unnamable"
Whether you write fantasy, science fiction, or horror, your vampires, ghouls, aliens, and trolls need to be both compelling and meaningful. With Writing Monsters, you can craft creatures that will wreak havoc in your stories and haunt your readers' imaginations--and nightmares.

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Writing Monsters provided some insights into writing the things that go bump in the night or that crawl into your spaceship and start taking down your crew one by one, but in some ways it was a victim of its own wide-spectrum approach. In attempting to cover all scenarios that might involve monsters it wound up being more of a standardized book on how to write speculative fiction than the specialized work I was looking for. It's not a bad book at all, but it didn't delve into the topic deep enough for me to give it more stars.
Enjoyed this immensely. Great insights into the subject of monsters in fiction, their roles, suggestions on monster design, how to handle strengths vs. weaknesses, etc. I dislike zombies as monster du jure but I benefitted from the observations offered by the author who visualizes zombies as a force-of-nature, like Godzilla, with the real conflict of a zombie story between the people involved. Monsters, of course, figure into horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Notwithstanding frequent references to science fiction monsters, I believe science fiction requires some more in-depth examination of creature creation than this book can provide, however useful it may be, especially when aliens are involved. That's just a whole separate topic.. But an excellent book, I can't recommend it enough.
If you want to write, and you want your novel to have monsters in it, this is the book I highly suggest you purchase and read. I’ve taken an online class called, “Horror Writing Intensive: Analyzing the Work of Genre Master Stephen King”, taught by this great author, Philip Athans. Not only was his book great but so was his class. In the book, he has a link to a “Monster Writing Form” that will be of tremendous help when developing a monster for your story. This book has many helpful tips and suggestions, as well as the link I mentioned earlier. The book and the monster writing form have been very helpful to me while writing my Sci-Fi novel, “Deep Light”, which will be finished before December 2017.
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