From those that go bump in the night to ones that offer hope, mythical creatures and monsters are abound in fiction. You can find them in anything from horror to science fiction and fantasy. But where do our ideas for creatures to scare or inspire come from? Throughout October, Writing Roots will be delving into the myths of monsters across the world to help bring inspiration for anyone seeking to write a classic creature or one with a bit of a twist.
Some of the oldest and deepest fears of humankind include the unknown, and there’s nothing more unknown than what’s in the deep abyss we call the sea. In the old tales, creatures from the waters were often massive and destructive, or alluring tempters. They were never benevolent. Leigh and Ley take a dive into the waters in this episode to explore aquatic monsters, from the mermaid to the Kraken.
First aired October 19, 2020.