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Writing monsters : how to craft believably terrifying creatures to enhance your horror, fantasy, and science fiction / Philip Athans ; foreword by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

Athans, Philip, author. (Author).
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Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 808.02 Ath (Text) 32604030003427 DCTPLD AD Non-Fiction Available -
Perry Co PL - Cannelton Branch YA 808 ATH (Text) 70622000037176 CPL-Young Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781599638089 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 1599638088 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 217 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Foreword / H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society -- Introduction: Realism vs. plausibility -- Part one: What they are (1. What is a monster? ; 2. What makes a monster scary? ; 3. Transformation ; 4. Where do they come from? ; 5. Monster or villain?) -- Part two: Why they're here (6. How "monster-rich" is your world? ; 7. Monsters vs. metaphor ; 8. Monsters as obstacles ; 9. Monsters as agents ; 10. Monsters as sources of play ; 11. Monsters as sources of magic or technology ; 12. Bringing out the good and evil in people).
Part three: How to write them (13. Setting the rules ; 14. Size ; 15. Powers and abilities ; 16. Weaknesses ; 17. Description ; 18. The five senses ; 19. Staging the reveal ; 20. Isolation ; 21. Originality: cliché vs. archetype) -- Conclusion: Monsters forever -- The unnamable / H.P. Lovecraft -- Appendixes (A: A monstrous style guide ; B: Suggested reading ; C: Sources cited).
Summary, etc.: [Here], Philip Athans uses classic examples from books, films and the world around us to explore what makes monsters memorable - and terrifying. You'll learn what monsters can (and should) represent in your story and how to create monsters from the ground up."--Back cover.
Subject: Authorship > Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Fantasy fiction > Authorship.
Horror tales > Authorship.
Science fiction > Authorship.

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