Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Five creepy monsters from fantasy fiction

Aliette de Bodard has won two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, and a BSFA Award, and has also been a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Tiptree Awards. Her new novel is The House of Shattered Wings. For she tagged her five creepiest monsters in fantasy, including:
The Other Mother—Coraline by Neil Gaiman

I hesitated a lot over picking this one, because Neil Gaiman has a knack for really scary creepy monsters and there were several others that I could have named. In the end, though… there’s little scarier than a thing that look like a dream mother—attentive, cooking better food and seemingly more loving—except that it turns out she steals eyes, keeps around the ghost-children she’s killed, and plans to do the same to Coraline….
Read about another entry on the list.

Coraline appears among Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick's top seven awesomely scary novels and Sam Leith's top ten alternative realities.

--Marshal Zeringue