Traditional versus New


The Traditional Versus the New

Traci Kenworth


Which do you prefer: traditional monsters or something brand new? I like both. Traditional are often easier to work with because the rules of their world have already been established. However, what we’ve never seen before is eye-popping. When it comes to traditional, adding your own spin helps: every zombie movie or book is different from one another in some small way, likewise for every monster/creature under the sun. Oh, and let’s not forget those that only come out a dark. Creating something new often takes many brainstorming sessions. I imagine it like a scientist in his/her lab determined to push the boundaries on the species. The results could be deadly.

So, what gets your heart pumping? The flash of fangs from the shadows? A gnarled hand snaking out to grab you as you open the front door to see why all the neighbors have gathered on your lawn and insist on joining you for dinner or perhaps you are the food? That old, haunted house? The green slime slithering across your basement? Reports that a disease developed for warfare has escaped its confines? Let’s open the comments to all.




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4 thoughts on “Traditional versus New

  1. What do you mean by monster? The physical aspects of the monster might be the same, but it’s just changing the backstory of it that sends new chills up my back. Referring to Japanese horror, it’s always the same long haired girl who committed suicide and comes back to kill the living I.e. the Grudge, the Ring etc. I personally think that when it comes to horror, looking to the past and tapping some form of hidden childhood memory or scare is always better than some new fangled thing… it’s hard to condition one self to fear sometime if I have no idea what the heck it is.

    Case in point – IT has set in me a permanent fear of clowns, even to this day. So no to new, stick with the old.


    1. By “monster,” I’m referring to the creature/beast/horrifying thing that strikes fear into one, i.e. Frankenstein, the vampire, werewolf, etc. Although, I’m using the word loosely admittedly, and including anything that “goes bump in the night/or day, depending on the situation/setting.” I guess, I should’ve explained that better. I DO mean ghosts, oozing slime balls, aliens, whatever you can think of as well. Good to note though that it’s how the horror is “presented” that affects the chills one receives. I do LOVE your idea that childhood terrors are more frightening then something you’ve never encountered before. I suspect some people were terrified of clowns long before IT, and Stephen King expanded on that fear. Thank you! Your feedback is appreciated!


  2. Good point, Stina!! What I love to do in my own stories is to take a couple different horrors and twist them together. They still have qualities of the old, but the twist opens them to a new level.


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