Hybrids seem to be popular right now. In fiction, in writing, in life. We all want to be more than we are, more than what we were. The constant deal of always stretching into a new role or area can sometimes be fun and sometimes frustrating. I like to think I’m open to the possibilities, learning new things. I don’t ever want to become stagnant because that equates “death.” Today in horror, there are many different new creatures being created, but a lot of it is also something that’s come before: zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc. I think it’s time we shake things up a bit, give the reader something new to fear.
So mixing this legend with that and putting everything in a twist has become the way I write about creatures. I have traces/echoes of traditional monsters but I try and pull in something new. Something alien, something animalistic, something not quite in the ordinary slice of our lives. I think this is how most “creators” work. Look at Freddy. Who knew nightmares could take on a human-face? “It” with his innocent, inviting fun for children and then bam, he eats them. Curses that can come to life and kill. There’s something for everyone in this scare fest.
What do you think? Are today’s monsters scary? How do they compare with yesterday’s? Do you use twists in your own work, making things ordinary, nightmarish? Of course, we must never forget it’s the characters themselves that draw in the reader, make them care if poor Kevin survives or if Annabelle overcomes the demon inside her. I think it takes hybrids to keep a reader’s interest anymore, a brand new penny of terror.