|MONSTERS, WHO'S WHO: FROM A-Z ALL THE BLOOD CURDLING HORRORS YOU LOVE TO FEAR|
My second bestiary, pictured with it below, was still a good number of years in my future, so this was a formative influence on me of a subject that had always been dear. It is one of the books of my first library that survived for my adult reclamation. I later gave it to my nephews, hoping it would be of interest to them, but on a recent visit I borrowed it so that I could look through it again.
|Almost exactly the size of the Monster Manual, alas the dust jacket is long gone.|
I made a listing of all the entries in it and perused them. Not a page looked unfamiliar to me, I had spent so much time staring at the pictures over the years. Clearly, this book helped populate my imagination's monstrous contents. What surprised me were the entries that I did not remember. Invariably, they were the ones that were squeezed between the illustrations belonging to the other entries. It just goes to show first how visually oriented I was (and basically, still am), and how, to be successful, a bestiary must have an illustration of every monster. Creatures with poor or no illustration are likely to be ignored (another lesson of the first AD&D MONSTER MANUAL, which has been thoroughly learned by its descendents). A monstrum, after all, is a warning or omen. By its essence, it must be seen. In my mind's eye, when I think of the earliest monsters I encountered, they are Ray Harryhausen monsters, a Universal Studios classic monster, an alien from Star Trek, one of the Wild Things from Where the Wild Things Are, or something else from this book.
Thanks for sharing this Mythopoeic Monday with me as I rambled through one the early, dark passages of my imagination. What were your early inspirations?
|Bad things herein...bad things!|