Isn’t Twilight just another bad horror genre joke nowadays? (Please tell me it is.) Okay fine, I’ll admit it; the mythology Meyer created is intriguing, but as there’s no focus on the actual monstrosity of the monsters — they’re too busy sparkling and moping — it’s all just so much ado about nothing.
Hey, but I’m not the only one who thinks like that. Sounds like horror novelist Craig Nybo has had it up to his tentacles with touchy-feely “monsters”. Does he have a solution, perhaps one that he’s writtin hisownself? Of course. But it’s a lament that seems to be gaining traction in the field, with the gulf between “true” horror and “paranormal romance” widening every day. What with werewolves, vampires and witches superseding dukes, earls and knights on the covers of romance novels, we’re getting to the point that film hit back in the late ’40s. Horror was horror, and then the market became so full of cheap knock-offs that before too long Jesse James was meeting Frankenstein’s daughter, and Billy the Kid was battling Dracula. (Go ahead, check IMDb. I’m not lyin’.)
Finding really good “straight” horror can be like the ol’ haystack needle. It’s out there, but tough to find. Del Toro’s The Strain trilogy does it right, with vampires that are so icky I can’t imagine that any vamp fan would want to turn into one of those icky abominations. And Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 (and Horns. And Heart Shaped Box…) gives fantastic creepy.
A few paranormal romances are fine and dandy; hey, I’ve been a huge Sookie Stackhouse fan since before True Blood was a glimmer in HBO’s eye, and Katie MacAlister‘s Dark One and Aisling Grey series is just plain ol’ fun. But isn’t it time to sink our teeth — and our Kindles — into something really scary?
Read on for the full 411 from Craig Nybo, who started me ranting in the first place. His story collection sounds like a Who’s Who of horror monsters, and he doesn’t seem to be pulling any punches. “I believe that I speak for the masses when I say that I am interested in reading about monsters who are more interested in chewing than in dating.” Yes sir, you do.
Horror Author Calls for a Return to Gothic Monsters Who are More Interested in Chewing than Dating
Craig Nybo’s New Novel Embraces the Hysteria and Fear of Classic Horror
KAYSVILLE, Utah, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Modern monsters in current books and cinema seem to have evolved into something new. With the proliferation of romance novels that feature gothic and fantasy creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and even orcs as viable love interests for humans, one has to ask: have modern monsters lost their teeth? Not according to Craig Nybo, horror novelist. In his new novel, Small Town Monsters, Craig strives to put monsters back where they belong, under our beds, in our closets, and in our nightmares.
“I come at readers from the grand age of gothic monsters. I believe that I speak for the masses when I say that I am interested in reading about monsters who are more interested in chewing than in dating,” said Craig.
Small Town Monsters, Craig’s new novel, mixes rednecks, guns, beer, and monsters into a grizzly–and funny at moments–stew. The novel follows a big city police detective who takes a job as chief of police in a rural community to get away from big city crime. But when bodies start piling up, the overwhelming consensus among the good ol’ boys of the community is that monsters have again come down from the mountains to pick off friends and neighbors for food. The suspect list features an all-star cast: chupacabras, bigfoots, aliens, windigos, and werewolves. It falls to the new chief-of-police to battle backwater small-town politics while getting to the bottom of the little community’s monster problem.
Craig said of his novel: “I love gothic horror. I’m a big Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker fan. Gothic monsters should fill a bloody place in our community today. Stephen King pioneered the effort by bringing vampires to the here and now in his brilliant book, Salem’s Lot. I like to go back to the basics: predators and prey. In Small Town Monsters, I write about hysteria, fear, and violence, all set in a modern rural community. I grew up in a small town; I know how crazy things can get.”
For fans of romantic monsters, beasts who feel misunderstood, who seek love and romance to fulfill their needs, Nybo’s novel probably won’t fit the bill. Small Town Monsters teams with predators that have no objective as far as humans are concerned other than killing, eating, and picking their teeth clean.
Small Town Monsters is available at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and at any other major bookseller. Fans of Craig Nybo may purchase autographed copies at CraigNybo.com.