The Tanami desert in central Australia is haunted by beings called the jarnpa, which look like people but possess superhuman powers.
All monsters make their mark on the communities they haunt. Some are cheeky and mischievous, some are mysterious, others are downright evil.
In Ancient Greek texts, the king Lycaon is punished for misdeeds by being turned into a wolf.
The earliest surviving example of man-to-wolf transformation is found in The Epic of Gilgamesh, from around 2,100 BC. But the werewolf as we now know it first appeared in ancient Greece and Rome.
The statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle, New York City.
Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage was really a journey into the unknown. Centuries of conventional wisdom had conditioned him to believe that bizarre beasts and 'monstrous men' would be awaiting him.
We’re gonna need an even bigger boat.
Megalodons are the latest Hollywood monster to leap out of the fossil record, but what else is lurking in prehistoric seas?
Have you seen a mermaid?
Even if mermaids aren't real, they'll likely feature in human stories for many years to come. Very few mythical creatures are found in so many diverse cultures, across so many years without changing.
A restaurant in Bishopville, S.C. markets the town’s association to the Lizard Man.
Joseph P. Laycock
Towns are embracing their eccentric visitors as a way to boost their struggling economies.
Monster movies are currently rampaging across the globe. Their popularity shows us how Hollywood's place in world cinema is changing.
“The Shape of Water” film is a beautiful allegory about accepting differences.
The Shape of Water is an entertaining movie, but it also has a timely, allegorical message about the challenges we may face with new scientific discoveries, and our willingness to accept difference.
Annual 2010 zombie march in Madrid, an homage to George A. Romero.
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Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’ will be remembered among the first films to use horror as a form of political critique.
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At the heart of this 20-year-old show is a critique of the quest for absolute power.
In the world of Harry Potter, beasts are to be protected, not feared. But this concern for monsters is hardly modern.
Collective environmental guilt could be leading to a rise in werewolf sightings in the English countryside.
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All the popular monsters you'll see out trick-or-treating, from Frankenstein to Dracula, were born out of fear and anxiety about change and technology.
A sonar image of the ‘Nessie’ found 180 metres deep in Loch Ness.
The hunt for 'Nessie' has been going on for decades but there's a good reason why nothing has been found.
In the post-9/11, post-Iraq television landscape we’re familiar with government and terrorist conspiracy shows. How will aliens hold up?
You might be forgiven for wondering if there’s any connection between ITV's Jekyll and Hyde and Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella other than the title.
James McEvoy playing with fire.
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Mary Shelley’s diaries reveal that in 1814 she attended a lecture that Andrew Crosse, “thunder and lightning man”, delivered in London.
Two new monster movies are to be released this week in the lead-up to Christmas, and each sports a very different kind of beast.
2015’s perfect monster.
Every generation creates a fictional enemy or monster that reflects the principal concern of the time – ours are zombies.
The sublime monster.
The world has plenty of monsters – more than enough, really. Several thousand years of art and literature and nightmares have provided us all the terrifying beings we could ever need. Maybe this is why…