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Todays prompt: Fictional monsters/creatures that you would hate to encounter in real life.
Warning, some book spoilers are included in order to fully discuss my choices.
It was almost a little too easy coming up with a list of monster’s and creature’s I wouldn’t want to meet in real life (authors are scary good at coming up with horrifying creatures), but I narrowed it down to my top 5 to discuss with you all today.
The harpy is a Greek monster, with a women’s head and body and birds wings and claws. They are often agents of punishment, abducting and torturing their victims. I had read about them in mythology, but the first book to utilize these aggressive monsters was Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. His substitute teacher trying to attack Percy was the beginning to his whirlwind introduction into discovering his half-blood status. If I saw a harpy coming after me, I’d run as fast as possible in the opposite direction.
A kappa is a mythical creature who inhabits ponds and rivers in Japan. I first encountered this creature in Tiger’s Curse. One of the main character’s Ren discussed the history of Kappa as creatures who tried to steal children bathing in the water and feed on their blood. The other main character Kelsey described the creatures as seahorse monkeys with a bowl like depression in the top of their heads. This bowl like depression must be filled with water at all times. The Kappa attacked Ren and Kelsey in the book, with one of the kappa biting Kelsey and nearly killing her. Vampire seahorse monkeys may sound absurd but I would imagine be pretty terrifying in person.
A redcap is a type of malevolent, murderous dwarf/goblin. They are said to murder unwary travelers that cross their paths and soak their victims blood into the caps on their heads. They must kill regularly because if their cap dries then the redcap will die. Though not my first time coming across a redcap, the one that comes specifically to mind was the redcap in Jackaby. The redcap in the book and the way he deceived others and the manor in which he murdered people was a bit terrifying. And anyone who wears a blood soaked hat is not someone I want to mess with.
In a way, I’ve encountered wasps before in real life and have bolted for dear life. I would be absolutely horrified to meet Tracker Jackers. Found in The Hunger Games, Tracker Jackers are created by the capital. They’re larger than regular wasps and gold colored. Their stings cause raised lumps the size of plums on their victims and their venom causes hallucinations, or after a large amount of them, death. Like their name implies, Tracker Jackers will track down and try to kill their victims. I am terrified of wasps already without having them supersized and extra deadly.
That’s my list! What fictional monster’s would you not want to encounter in person? Do you agree with my list? Share in the comments below!!
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