There are monsters around this time of year.
Creatures of folklore and horror fiction.
All of them presumably had creators at some point -people who had to puzzle and make creative decisions about their monstrous imaginary progeny.
Which made me ask a few rhetorical questions to myself, starting with this one – what kind of monster would you make, if you were writing a story?
What everyday fears would it exploit in your readers?
Would you start by calculating what would scare you the most?
Did something make them a monster? A tragedy, a mistake – or were they just born bad?
Would it be male or female? Why?
Living, dead or undead?
What horrible things would the monster do to its victims?
Would they be guilt-ridden after a bad deed – or so implacably evil they don’t care?
How does this monster kill people – maybe in the way you would be most afraid to be murdered?
Or are they human, a villain with monstrous qualities – maybe based on a person in your life who you don’t like – a bully from your childhood perhaps.
And would this villain have the surname of a teacher you didn’t like at school – or maybe an annoying work colleague?
Does this person live in a near-derelict house on the outskirts of town? Or a white picket-fenced house in the leafy suburbs?
I’ll stop now – but you get the drift – the monsters we create in our own imagination tell us a lot about ourselves.
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