I’ve always loved monsters. I even love the word Monsters. Hmmm, Monsters. What’s not to love about Monsters? Oh, right, yeah… they’re terrifying! But isn’t that’s why we love them? Yes. It is.

There are no limitations with monsters. They can be all, and anything, and everything that you want them to be; what you can imagine, what you can fear, what you can feel watching you in the dark. The long raking fingers, gnarled flesh, gaping maw, shredding teeth, hulking powerful limbs, needle sharp spines, fiery pitiless eyes, cruel temperaments, vengeance, capricious, murderous, beautiful monsters.

monstersFor me, they are an important ingredient in any good story. Whether it’s a romantic drama or a fantasy adventure, I’m always keen to see a good monster. It doesn’t have to be a huge great beast going around destroying all in it’s wake (although that is highly enjoyable) but scary creatures can also be found lurking inside all of us; the anger, the rage, the jealousy, the cruelty. It’s enjoyable to watch it bubble to the surface, or see it swimming behind the eyes, or sense it coursing through the veins of a character that, at first, seemed thoroughly harmless.

Where do they come from? Again, anywhere you can imagine. Some were once real people; transformed and mutilated by some hideous accident or emotional trauma. Some were they born as Monsters, with Monster Mums and Dads and Brothers and Sisters. Some were made by putting parts of humans and animals and birds and rocks and trees and earth together and creating life; monsterous, terrifying life.

monstersAnd some are just people. Average, normal people like you and me but secretively they do monstrous things; murder, betrayal, abandonment. My new books The Madison Chronicles packed with monsters of all kinds: humans, ghosts, beasts, demons, witches, and cats (yes, they’re proper little beasties, too). Some are good, some bad, but monsters one and all. Here are some other great reference books that features thousands of awesome Deadly Beasts and Magical Creatures.

» Monsters in the Movies by John Landis
» The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John Matthews and Caitlin Matthews


My Week in Books

I was desperate to get my hands of Ernest Cline’s ‘Armada‘. After reading his debut novel ‘Ready Player One‘ I was hoping for more of the same geeky, sci-fi, movie-referencing brilliance. I was a little disappointed as Armada had all the same ingrediance as Ready Player One but lacked the magic. Armada is essentially about earth coming under attack from a giant inter-galactic Armada. Earth use online gaming, billion dollar drones, to combat the invasion. It’s a good read but nothing on it’s predecessor.

I’ve also read Abi Elphinstone’s ‘The Dreamsnatcher‘ a great children’s mystery about magical gyspies and awesome bad guys; ‘Interworld‘ by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves, wonderful multi-universe, fantasy adventure; and Holly Black’s ‘Doll Bones‘, a horror story for young minds.