“I have come into the possession of a map. The sole surviving record of an uncharted island. A place that was thought to exist only in myth . . . until now.”
Carl Denham, King Kong (2005)
I have always been fascinated by the various versions of Skull Island. Skull Island has been known to be the home of King Kong, but that is not why this island intrigues me so much. The entire island is an evolutionary anomaly, inhabited by prehistoric giants and monsters that have undergone millions of years of evolutionary mutations. Evolution has a track record for producing real monsters and it evolution has stepped on the accelerator on Skull Island, creating a menagerie of nightmarish abominations. As a result, Skull Island has become widely known as the most hellish place on Earth. I like the 2005 and 2017 versions of Skull Island the best because they depict the unpredictable forms evolution can take under extreme circumstances. It goes to show that Skull Island was uncharted for good reason.
The Loch Ness Monster has always been one of the most iconic cryptic creatures in history. Its identity has been speculated and sometimes debated over the years. Most people believe it to be a species of Plesiosaur, which has a long neck and small head connected to its round body. Plesiosaurs were fish eaters like dolphins. On the other hand, if Nessie was a Pliosaur, Loch Ness would not be a safe place to be in. The reason for this would be because Pliosaurs were voracious predators that indiscriminately attacked and ate everything that moved in the prehistoric oceans, including other Pliosaurs. Its large head and powerful jaws allowed it to kill and devour large prey. Due to these facts, if Nessie was one of these animals, it would most likely be a Plesiosaur because it was a harmless fish eater that would be more interested in eating the local fish. If it was a Pliosaur, there would be a lot more missing people and wrecked boats at Loch Ness since the Pliosaur would eat everything in the lake.
For over two hundred years, Mary Shelly’s classic tale Frankenstein has both terrified and entertained audiences. It is the story of a misguided man of science who creates an uncontrollable monster. Over the years, the story has been retold in numerous books and films.
Some authors even wrote their own reimagined versions of the story in their own original way. Above are a few examples of authors who reimagined and retold the Frankenstein story in their own style. I am thinking of following in the footsteps of those authors because there is something that has always scratched at the back of my mind. How would Dr. Frankenstein create the monster with modern technology?
My reimagining of the classic tale would take place in the mid-21 century and it would revolve around a highly intelligent young surgeon with autism. However, his mother is afflicted with cancer. Desperate for a way to save his mother’s life, the surgeon finds the notes of a distant ancestor who was a practitioner of alchemy. With these notes, the surgeon fights tirelessly for a way for his mother to cheat death. However, things go out of control when the surgeon completes his experiment. While this is happening, the police slowly discover the surgeon’s activities and creation.
Essentially, my retelling of the Frankenstein story will have completely new characters with new names and backgrounds. The surgeon will not even be named “Frankenstein”. The sections about the surgeon being autistic and the mother having cancer I am basing on experience on my part. With this in mind, this reimagined story would be very personal to me. I will let you know when I begin with this project.
Since the dawn of time, humanity has been afraid of the dark and the potential horrors that dwell within it. Due to this, I decided to add an extra element to my third fantasy book regarding the monster army. Because of their diverse caste system, unmatched ferocity, and unparalleled coordination, the humans would have a very difficult time fighting back against such a foe. It would be even more difficult if the monster army could fight day in and day out. Therefore, to give the humans a fighting chance against this inhuman enemy, the monster army can only attack at night and they will find shelter wherever they can when the sun comes up. They may be vulnerable when the sun is up, but they will be virtually unstoppable at night. The monsters’ ability to only attack at night will also add a sense of horror and suspense to the story.
After much thought, I have decided to give my kaiju novella, Karmathaur, a reboot as a full novel. While the novella was designed to be a short term adrenaline boost, this new novel will be more complex with a deeper story and more developed characters. Since kaiju such as Godzilla and King Kong have been rebooted more than once for a new audience, I thought it would be fitting if I did the same with Karmathaur. Also, I will be introducing several new kaiju in this reboot novel. Some will fight Karmathaur while others will become his allies. I look forward to engaging with this project when my schedule opens up. Overall, the novella was a good introduction to Karmathaur, but I believe this new novel will reinvigorate the character. The novella will be my equivalent to the original 1954 Godzilla film while the novel will be the beginning of my equivalent to the Showa and Heisei Godzilla eras.
In terms of appearance, I have a pretty good idea of how the army of monsters in my fantasy series is going to look. In terms of biology and behavioral patterns, I have been taking inspiration from other creatures other creatures that use a caste system. In all these cases, monsters with a caste system act as a virtually unstoppable force against mankind. Imagine what beasts such as this would fare against medieval armies with magic and dragons. Such a conflict would be terrifying to behold. In terms of presence, my army of monsters will have an ominous and mysterious presence as they slowly encroach on human territory. This is similar to how the White Walkers gradually made their way to the Wall in Game of Thrones, attacking and killing everything in their path. Overall, I am rather intrigued with tinkering with this concept.
After much thought, I have decided to change my approach to the army of monsters that will appear in my future fantasy stories. At first, I thought of introducing an army of nonhumanoid monsters under the command of a Dark Lord and his specialized servants. Now, I am thinking of structure this army of darkness like a termite colony where all the monsters have their own unique caste system. Some monsters will act as foot soldiers, some will act as air support, some will act as commanders, and some will act as artillery. Under these castes would be their equivalent to a queen. Initially, I thought of making these creatures the result of dark or artificial magic, but now I am thinking of having them come from . . . elsewhere.
I have decided on what the main antagonists for the third fantasy book onwards should be. Due to the immense power the Imperial Dynasty acquired, no mortal opponent will be a match for them. Therefore, their new enemy should be something that is neither mortal or human. I am envisioning an army of monsters that slowly grows and festers in the heart of the Empire. Eventually, this army of abominations becomes so big and so powerful that the Imperial Dynasty and their allies will need to put aside their squabbles and join forces against a common enemy. These creatures will come in all shapes and sizes and will be commanded by a Dark Lord and his followers. The existence of these monsters will have long term consequences to the Empire as a whole. These beasts will make the Orcs of Middle-Earth look like rabble and the White Walkers of Game of Thrones look like fairies by comparison. I will be drawing inspiration from all kinds of monster-based stories like Stephen King’s The Mist and The Cabin In The Woods.
I saw the new trailer for Godzilla VS Kong and I have some suspicions regarding Godzilla. It was revealed that Godzilla was going on a violent rampage and eventually battles Kong. However, if you look closely, you can find clues that hint that this is not Godzilla at all but an imposter. I think Godzilla is being framed and set up. Due to this, I think the Godzilla we saw in the trailer was actually Mechagodzilla in disguise. The synopsis for Godzilla VS Kong speaks of a human conspiracy to exterminate the Kaiju. The possibility of Mechagodzilla disguising itself to look like Godzilla is similar to its 1974 debut in Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla. I bet it’s the same concept where Mechagodzilla looks like Godzilla unless you peel off its disguise. Also, I wonder if this new Mechagodzilla is a cyborg like the Kiryu version, which could mean that the new Mechagodzilla’s creators might lose control of it. I also hope that this new Mechagodzilla looks like the version from Ready Player One. Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045 and includes characters from pop culture from the mid-20th century to the mid-21st century. With this in mind, this could be when the Ready Player One Mechagodzilla makes its actual debut in the year 2021. I look forward to finding out if my theories are right.
For decades, King Kong has been one of America’s most iconic monsters. Easily my favorite version of King Kong was the 2005 version by Peter Jackson. Not only were the special effects far more amazing, but it had a more realistic feel to it compared to the original 1933 version. The creatures on Skull Island were also nightmarish and underwent nonstop 65 million years of evolution due to being isolated from the rest of the world. Even though I have grown accustomed to seeing Jack Black in a funny role, I rather enjoyed him taking a serious role in this film. The part I enjoyed most was the fact that King Kong was a far more sympathetic character. Kong was the last of his kind and was desperate for companionship. He was a lonely king ruling over a dying kingdom. If you are looking for a monster epic, then this is the film for you.