THIS BROKEN WONDROUS WORLD Blog Tour: Jon Skovron’s Top 10 Monsters
10: The Creature from the Black Lagoon
This was the first monster movie I remember watching. I think I was about five or six years old, and it was being broadcast on television (pre -cable) in 3D! Classic blue and red cardboard glasses were included in that week’s TV listings. The Creature was designed by former Disney illustrator Millicent Patrick, though her role was deliberately downplayed by makeup artist Bud Westmore, who for half a century received sole credit.
Dragons are just cool, no matter what. Personally, I prefer the wise and benevolent Chinese dragons to Smaug and other European interpretations. Unless of course, it’s being voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sirens are usually either forgotten, or confused with mermaids. These half-bird women sang so beautifully, they lured sailors to them, then gobbled them up. Mermaids were half-fish women who didn’t sing but where just pretty. They still mostly gobbled up men, though. I have one siren in my books. She’s one of my favorite minor characters. In fact, I wrote a short story for her that appears in the anthology Apollo’s Daughters.
Of course. Can’t have a monster list without at a vampire. I generally like my vampires circa Anne Rice. I didn’t like either of the movies, but to give you some idea of what a nerd I was/am, my AOL screen name back in the mid 90’s was lestat5141. My favorite of the more recent interpretations was Let the Right One In.
6: The Invisible Man
The idea of becoming invisible SEEMS amazing, unless you couldn’t become visible again. It’s an idea that gets more horrifying the longer you think about it. No wonder he goes crazy.
5: Artificial Intelligence
Some might say it’s stretching it a bit to include AI in a monster list. But the word monster detrives from the “monere”, which means “to warn”. Monsters are warnings to us. Cautionary tales. And with talking smartphones and wearable tech, AI seems more a question of “when” than “if”. But will it be sweet Paul Bettany, or grumpy James Spader?
To be completely honest, I didn’t care much for werewolves when I began writing these books. Smelly, hairy, not very smart. But like vampires, werewolves are sort of required. Then, when I created my weerewolf character, Mozart, he was such a pleasure to write, I found myself growing fond of them. Now, two books later, they made it pretty far up the list.
I guess I like the sympathetic, misunderstood monsters best. Medusa is a classic example of this. She’s depicted again and again as a hideous, evil beast. But if you go back to her origin story in the Greek mythology, it was totally Poseidon ‘s fault she ended up like this.
2: The Bride of Frankenstein
The Bride is one of the most iconic yet mysterious monsters of all time. Victor Frankenstein never completes her in the book, and in both the James Whale movie and the Kenneth Branagh movie, she’s only alive for like five minutes. And yet, for some reason, her image is universally recognizable.
1: Frankenstein’s Monster
Obviously, if I felt the need to write two books starring this monster, it’s my favorite 🙂 I love the book, the two James Whale movies, and OK, I even kind of love the Kenneth Branagh movie. Never has there been such a tragically misunderstood monster.
About This Broken Wondrous World:
Being the son of Frankenstein’s monster wasn’t easy, but Boy managed to live a semi-normal life in New York City among other monsters. A year ago, Boy, had never even met a human. Now he’s living with his human “family,” the descendants of Dr. Frankenstein, in Switzerland. That is, until the maniacal genius Dr. Moreau, long-ago banished to a remote island for his crimes against humanity, asks for his help. Moreau wants Boy to join his army of animal/human hybrid creatures and help him overthrow human society. Boy must choose: side with the twisted Doctor and save his fellow monsters, or try to defend the humans who run the planet? Boy will do anything to save this broken, wondrous world from the war that threatens to split it in two. But how much will he have to give up? And is the world worth saving?
About Jon Skovron:
Jon Skovron has been an actor, musician, lifeguard, Broadway theater ticket seller, warehouse grunt, technical writer, and web developer. He has nine fingers, dislikes sweets, and possesses a number of charming flaws. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and after traveling around a while, he has settled, somewhat haphazardly, in the Washington, D.C., area, where he and his two sons can regularly be seen not fitting into the general Government scene. To learn more, visit www.jonskovron.com.