A blog I started because I’m doing an MA Library and Information Management and joining WordPress was mandatory.
This aim of this blog is rather abstract. It is a blog designed to help obscure monsters fulfil their potential. It also aims to provide information about neglected monsters in fiction, film and legend to scholars and academics, fans of horror and fantasy film/literature and anyone with even a passing interest in monsters.
Before we proceed, here’s some clarification about what I mean by ‘helping monsters fulfil their potential.’ Consider: the word monster derives from the Latin monstrum, which means an abberation, an unusual occurrence. The root of monstrum is monere, which means to warn or instruct, and from which we derive the word demonstrate. The purpose of monsters, therefore, is to be seen, and there can be no sadder failure than a forgotten monster.
Consider: how many of you have read, or read out loud to a child, the storybook Not Now, Bernard by David McKee? Quite a few, I imagine. But for those of you who haven’t, it’s the story of the titular Bernard. He finds a monster in the garden, who, like any good monster, wants to eat him. Unfortunately Bernard’s parents are too busy to pay attention to Bernard’s pleas for help, so Bernard gets eaten. Tough on Bernard, but it gets worse. The monster, having eaten Bernard, wanders into the house and is sent upstairs to bed, having been mistaken for Bernard. Poor monster – he starts out so well, terrorizing Bernard and eating him, but then he gets mistaken for a nuisance kid and packed off! Just look at his expression when he remembers that he’s meant to be a monster (at the end of the video):
(If you can’t play the video, imagine one small purple monster with horns and a very woebegone expression). Well, there we go. One monster having an identity crisis. Not good. So, to spare monsters further existential angst, this blog aims to get them noticed and to rectify the injustice done to obscure monsters.
By the way, the image in my header? Here’s where it came from:
“Arolsen Klebeband 15 025” by Giuseppe Galli di Bibiena inv. et del. – http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/fwhb/klebeband15.
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arolsen_Klebeband_15_025.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Arolsen_Klebeband_15_025.jpg