Monsters and Mayhem: Inaugural Post

Greetings!

I thought I’d start by saying, “I’m going to blow up the earth,” because that seemed appropriately Mayhem-esque, but Marvin Martian stole that line before I was born.  And he wouldn’t be too happy if I used it…I mean, just look at that face. He’s seriously put out.

So, instead, I’ll just say, “Welcome to the Himalayas!”

Crap – another monster had that line first, too.**

Trying again: Welcome to the Monsters and Mayhem blog!

My name’s Kendra, and I love monsters. I’m assuming you have at least a passing interest as well, since you stopped by. Or maybe you’re into mayhem…well, stick around, we’ll be covering some of that, too.  My love of monsters started early in my childhood, with what I called the “Big Heart Monster.”  Warner Bros. actually called this red, furry beast “Gossamer” and he wore Chuck Taylor tennis shoes. Maybe I should blame Gossamer for the six pairs of Chucks in my own closet. *ponders*

Anyway, Gossamer was just scary enough to make a 4-year-old me shiver, but still cute enough not to scar me for life. As I got older, I graduated to creature flicks like The Dark Crystal and The Neverending Story. I mean, what 9-year-old wouldn’t love to have a Luck Dragon as a friend? When I was a teenager, I was into more scary fare, like Dreamscape and Predator and Aliens (yes, I know, I’m dating myself). Even now, I still love a good monster-movie. Super-8 was one of my favorites of the last several years, as was Monsters, Inc.

Oh, and I’m the thrall to two cats. That’s kind of the same thing as loving monsters. Except far more demanding.

Maybe this lifelong fascination with monsters is why I decided to write about them. They’d long since inhabited the cellar of my imagination and it seems that a gremlin found the key one day and promptly let them out. Maybe that’s also why I love my good guys slightly flawed and my bad guys a little bit redeemable (or at least understandable). Or, in more current parlance, I’m a Thor/Ironman kind of girl. Captain America is cute and all, but he’s too nice. Give me a hero who has some issues, or at least a sarcastic attitude.

Huh, this may explain why I love Loki, too.

(And can I get an “Amen!” from any Sicarius fans out there? I love a man in black.)

Either way, if you love monsters (or explosions or slime or cool, noise-making gadgets or cosmic chaos), you’ve come to the right place.

Going forward, the blog schedule will be something like this:

Tuesdays—Monsters and Mayhem. We’ll take a look at lore, creatures, movie-makeup and all kinds of other gooey, icky things. We’ll also have some guest posts by authors who love their monsters, too.

Fridays—Random Ramblings. This is where I wax poetic on whatever struck my fancy over the week. Could be anything from Princess Bride fangirling to WIP updates to pondering why I’ve developed an unhealthy addiction to the song Sail by AWOLNATION. (No, seriously, I listened to it FIVE TIMES today. FIVE! I think I might have a problem….)

Again, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come again. Until next time, make sure to check under your bed every night. Well, unless you stuff dirty laundry under there to keep your room tidy, in which case the monster’s probably hiding in your closet.

Ooh—one more thing! To celebrate the first blog post for Monsters and Mayhem, I feel like having a giveaway–a  $25 Barnes and Noble gift card and a signed paperback of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter!

Giveaway:

To enter, simply leave a comment answering this question: Who’s your favorite monster? Real or fictional applies. (But if you’ve seen a real one, I totally want to hear about it!)

For an extra entry, tweet about this post and include a link to your tweet in your comment. (adding the hashtag #monstersandmayhem would be awesome, too!)

**For a bonus entry, answer the following question in your comment: What monster said “Welcome to the Himalayas!,” what movie is it from and which actor voiced the character?

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, September 21 at 11:59 am CST.  The winner will be announced Friday afternoon on the blog (and on Twitter). This giveaway is for U.S./Canada only.

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13 comments

  • Hey! I LOVE the “Monsters and Mayhem” Tuesdays concept! Can’t wait to read those posts.

    I think my favorite monster would have to be Animal from The Muppet Show, unless I am forgetting something.

    And that…well, I feel bad coming on here and spoiling your trivia in the very first post! I’ll just say CLIFF! right now, and leave it at that…

    And I RT’d your tweet about it, but I am afraid something else is going to blow up if I try to get the link. Eek!

    I am looking forward to reading your posts…the history of monsters stuff sounds fascinating!

  • First of all, I cannot WAIT to see your Monster blogs, especially anything having to do with behind-the-scenes and special effects! I love that stuff!

    My favorite monster? Well, I suppose since you took Gossamer I’ll have to say Ludo, from Labyrinth. 😀 😀 😀

    Bonus entry: “They’re lemon!” The Abominable Snowman, voiced by the wonderful JR (I’ll let someone else figure out how to spell his name) only actor to be featured somewhere in every Pixar movie.

    ps – Of course we LOVE Sicarius, but come on – Mal soooo totally got up close and personal with the makarovi and the kraken too. 😛

  • Ai! I’m bookmarking this right now and I’ll be sure to mosey on back for updates :)

    Ooo, favorite monster? Hmm… I’m rather partial to Ickis from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. The purple! The ears! The attitude!

    I have a rather unrefined audience to my shares when it comes to reading (I can’t even get them to read EE for crying out loud) but I’ll try to spam you as much as possible on FB… since all my Twitter followers are EE ladies! 😉

  • My favorite monster of all time….hmmm, that’s a tough one! If we’re talking classic movie monsters, then of course, you’ve got to give a vote to Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, or Boris Karloff’s Wolfman. However, while I love both those characters, my favorite all time monster is a more current pick and spans both movies AND books.THE CLOWN from Stephen King’s ‘IT’ will give me the heebie-jeebies and make me scream like a little girl with one floppy red shoe tied behind Its back.

    I retain a very visceral memory of the first time I read the book. Imagine if you will: you are seventeen years old and working at an isolated river resort. You find yourself all alone on a dark and stormy night because you didn’t want to go bar hopping with the rest of the tramps, er, I mean, staff, and the power goes out, so like a monster movie reject, you decide to read ‘IT’ by candle light……(I ended up so creeped out by the book, the atmosphere, and the sounds of the storm outside my cabin that I ended up sitting in a closet, completely certain that something was going to find me and eat me.)

    When I saw Tim Curry portray The Clown, I remembered that dark and stormy summer night of my teenaged years, and the character was cemented once and for all in my heart and mind as my favorite monster.

  • After a long and hard debate I decided that Sulley from Monsters Inc. is my favorite monster. I just want to hug his fuzzy blue body. The Cookie Monster was a close second.

  • My favorite monster is definitely the cookie monster! 😉

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