You have heard of the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, and other monsters of folklore and legend. You have heard legends of dragons, trolls, sea monsters, and other incredible beasts. The word monster is used quite often, but what is a monster? Is a monster just some form of unidentified creature, or is it something more? A quick Google search will tell you that a monster is "an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening." Although this might be true, in a general sense, it doesn't really capture the significant role in culture that monsters play.
When you observe monsters of ancient lore, you will discover that they were more than just a means of entertaining the masses. They were used as symbols to explain a social ill or to foreshadow an event that would soon take place. Many cultures believe monsters to be signs. In the case of King Arthur, legend has it that a dragon attacked his kingdom shortly before his son would rebel against him in a battle that would ultimately claim both of their lives. The dragon was a foreshadowing of things to come. But monsters were not exclusive to ancient times.
Take a look at pop culture. There are many movies that portray monsters of various shapes and sizes. In the South Korean masterpiece Gwoemul (known in English as The Host), a monster emerges from the Han River to wreak havoc among Seoul's population. The monster itself was just a manifestation of the real issues being exposed during the movie. The real messages being communicated, through the chaos the monster created, were the deterioration of the family unit, the horrors of an over reaching government, and the consequences of mass pollution. Defeating the monster required the characters to come together as a family, overcome the government's invasion of private matters, and face their nemesis out in broad daylight. It was not the monster that needed conquered, but the wickedness of the human condition.
In a matter of days, I will be releasing a book featuring a monster of colossal proportions: The Wrath of Giganotus Rex. Giganotus Rex (G. Rex) is a monster that takes mankind by surprise and creates chaos that puts humanity's existence in the balance. He has the power to reduce cities to a burning heap of ash and makes light of the forces that oppose him. Like all monsters, G. Rex is after something. In the midst of all of the chaos, reporter William Stevens takes it upon himself to expose the secret of G. Rex and save the human race. Only one question remains, "Is humanity willing to do what it takes to rid itself of G. Rex?" Find out the answer in The Wrath of Giganotus Rex.
The Wrath of Giganotus Rex will be released in September 2017. You will be able to purchase your copy of The Wrath of Giganotus Rex at williamhseng.com.