Vampires have sort of taken a hit in the modern world. We’ve got the sparkly kind, and the southern kind, and occasionally the European kind, but we know all about them and they’re not terribly frightening anymore. Same goes for werewolves. Golems. Mummies. Ghosts sometimes get away with still being scary, but that depends heavily on who’s telling the story (I’m looking at you, Insidious and Paranormal Activity 3) or failing to do so (Paranormal Activity 4). By and large, the monsters of yesteryear have lost their teeth for us, we savvy modern worlders who know so much.
But we have a need for monsters. Not the human kind, which I’m pretty sure we’d all be happier to be without. No, the real monsters, the other lurking in the shadows or hiding in plain sight, the otherworldly presence that we can define ourselves against. Something that is not, has never been, or is no longer human. Something we don’t understand, something we can challenge ourselves against, something worthy of nightmares. (more…)