“Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watches. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes.”
I have started to become privy to the extent of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s plans regarding the FBI raid against Trump as well as countering the MAGA outcry against the raid. The man has effectively tricked the GOP into demanding the release of the search warrant for the raid. Also, he has given Trump until tomorrow to object to the release of the warrant and yet Trump remains mostly silent. Essentially, Garland has struck Trump so hard and so fast that he has left Trump stunned and frightened of him. I had my doubts about Garland for some time, but I completely underestimated him in ways I am only beginning to fathom.
I saw the new Jordan Peele film Nope for the second time tonight. Normally, I HATE the concept of alien abduction, but Nope delivered an unexpected twist to the UFO concept. Instead of the UFO being a spaceship piloted by aliens, the UFO IS the alien itself. It is not a spaceship at all, but a giant predatory organism that is essentially a large flying stomach. The way its body is built is similar to an organic parade balloon or blimp. When in its true form, the UFO looks like an angelic mixture between an octopus and jellyfish. Overall, Nope has become my new favorite Jordan Peele movie and I recommend it to anyone who is seeking a story that thinks outside the box.
While I was vacationing in Las Vegas last month, I visited the aquarium in Mandalay Bay. There were these underwater tunnels where you would walk through a shark tank. As the sharks swim above and around you, you get a sense of terror that you cannot get anywhere else. On water’s surface, you can only imagine what is lurking in the depths. However, when you are in the depths and see what is in the water, that sense of terror is amplified. For the next volume of The Kaligen Experiment, I am envisioning a manmade lagoon that houses the artificial marine reptiles that has a network of underwater tunnels like this. Imagine being in these tunnels and see a beast that looks like a Mosasaurus swimming above you. Such a sight would put Jaws to shame! I look forward to putting all of this on paper.
Here is more unused concept art for Jurassic World regarding the Mosasaurus Lagoon. It provides yet another example of what underwater tunnels would look like if they housed prehistoric sea monsters. Only one thing scarier than looking at a giant marine reptile through a few inches of acrylic is watching said creature while it is eating.
Now this image paints a few scenarios regarding underwater windows and giant marine reptiles. All that would separate you from a sixty foot sea monster and millions of gallons of water would be a few inches of acrylic. If I was in such a situation, my heart would stop from fright.
I looked for examples of what underwater tunnels would look like if they were part of an aquarium that houses prehistoric marine reptiles. I found early concept art for the Mosasaurus Lagoon for Jurassic World. Imagine riding a vehicle through an underwater tunnel and see shoals of fish swimming alongside primeval sea monsters. That would be awesome to experience.
I am reaching a point in the Kaligen Experiment sequel where a bunch of characters go dinosaur hunting. These characters will not be experienced hunters, so they will have no idea what they’re doing. I am thinking of giving this section of the story a similar feeling to the Blair Witch Project. They will be a bunch of amateurs in the middle of the woods, in the middle of the night, and being stalked by something unnatural. They will also come across other mutated surprises.
Wonder what I love about dinosaur hybrids? They introduce something new and unpredictable that purebred dinosaurs lack. We are quite familiar with purebred dinosaurs, which have been overused in storytelling. However, with hybrid dinosaurs, we get to see creatures that have behavioral patterns that are virtually unknown to us. That provides new opportunities and scenarios that we would not get from purebred dinosaurs.
I have started the eighth chapter of the sequel to the Kaligen Experiment. This is when we get a sneak peek into the research facility where the bulk of the story will take place. Here, we will also meet the main human antagonist of this volume. I even picked the most fitting last name for the antagonist. This character will be like a mix between Dr. Henry Wu from Jurassic Park and Albert Wesker from Resident Evil.
In addition to the sequel to the main Kaligen Experiment story, I will also be working on a bestiary story that will be released alongside it. This new bestiary will cover the manmade pterosaurs and marine reptiles. It will also cover the new scientific developments that were uncovered in the aftermath of the first book.