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An orgy of a Monster Mash - the folklore origins of creatures in our closets, nightmares & movies,
This review is from: Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters (Hardcover)
How do you connect the dots when you cannot explain something? Today, it's computers. In eras long ago, it was monsters.
Learning the origin and evolution of the most storied creatures reveals as much about our crazy history, human nature's (limited) knowledge of science, and what beliefs particular ethnic societies held that gave birth to such beings we've been conditioned to fear as monsters.
For those familiar with the amusing "insights" from Stefon on Saturday Night Live (SNL), the depth and breadth of mythological creatures and monsters both literary and cinematic that this well researched yet wildly imaginative book uncovers reads like one of Stefon's gotta be seen-to-believe hot spots. "New York's hottest club is MEDUSA'S GAZE & VAMPIRE'S BITE!"
This book has everything:
GIANT ANIMALS - Nemean Lion, Calvdonian Boar, Rukh, and King Kong;
BEASTLY BLENDS - Chimera, Griffon, Sphinx, and Cockatrice (Stefon!);
IT CAME FROM THE EARTH - Minotaur and Medusa;
THE MYSTERIOUS FATHOMS - Jaws, Giant Squid, Leviathan, and Charybdis;
OF FLAME AND CLAW (yes yes yes yessss...) - Dragons!;
HAUNTINGS - Demons, Ghosts, and Spirits;
CURSED BY A BITE - Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves;
THE CREATED - The Golem (my precious!), Frankenstein, HAL 9000, and the Terminator;
TERROR RESURRECTED - Dinosaurs;
EXTRATERRESTRIAL THREAT - Aliens
(No midget pinatas or Ferkles [Fat Erkles]).
Around the world this smart read is titled "The Science of Monsters." But in America, where Team Edward new moons Team Jacob for supreme share of the bookshelf and wallet, "Medusa's Gaze & Vampire's Bite" is added to seduce your imagination. Well, it worked for me. And my grasp of things that haunt the shadows of our imagination is forever enriched by Matt Kaplan's descriptive narratives.