Saturday

MAY MONSTER MADNESS: Martha's Top 10 Monsters


 
 
So first, thank you to all the hosts
for putting this together for May.
Awesome job.
 
Now...
 
MonsterMartha's TOP 10 Monsters
 
10.  Ghosts/Poltergeists/Spirits
 
What we know:
They can haunt specific places, things, people.
They can move through objects and/or throw them.
They can inflict harm if they are violent.
Some are NOT harmful or wanting to harm people.
 
What we DON'T know:
Why they stay (only theories).
If they ARE real beyond stories.
If anything we do actually can put them to rest.
 
Why they are Martha's #10:
Some of the earliest stories that I can remember fascinating me were those involving a ghost of some kind. The simplicity of it... someone ANYONE who is dead can be one... and there is such a variety of what they can/can not do that there are so much possibilities for great stories to be told.
 
9. Frankenstein's Monster
 
What we know:
Created by a mad doctor.
Made of parts from different corpses.
Hates fire.
 
What we DON'T know:
If he is killable (he might be unable to truly die).
The true memories he could be subject to from previous corpses he's assembled from.
How strong or capable he TRULY is.
 
Why he is Martha's #9:
Frankenstein's Monster is a great one because he is the embodiment of what can happen when someone goes too far in the name of science and toys with things they do not understand. Reanimation of corpses is not unheard of in the Horror genre: Re-Animator is another great one in the spirit of Frankenstein. What gets me about this particular monster is that you don't know if he's truly good or bad or just misunderstood.
 
8. Wolfman
 
What we know:
He IS human but only turns into the wolf during a full moon.
He will kill anything he comes across.
Silver kills him.
 
What we DON'T know:
If he actually has memories of his time as the wolf
If he can be cured.
If the wolf is aware he is a man.
 
Why he is Martha's #8:
A man shapeshifting into a wolf is one of the most known monsters in lore. The reason the Wolfman is one of my favorites is because it really comes down to the human psyche ... there are always basic animalistic tendencies in all humans. It's a proven fact. The Wolfman to me is the release of our deepest animal instinct to run wild for a night and cause the chaos only a true animal could.

 
7. The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers
 
What we know:
He's been killing for YEARS.
He has wings.
He uses human parts to regenerate.
He has SOME humanistic traits.
Smells FEAR.
 
What we DON'T know:
What he is.
Where he came from.
How to truly KILL him.
IF there are MORE like him
 
Why he is Martha's #7:
When I first saw Jeepers Creepers I was in awe of how original a creature he is. How terrifying is it to be chased by something that seems human only to find out it is a killing machine with wings and the power to regenerate? The Creeper has been doing this for many many years and with the ability to regenerate parts upon consumption of human organs/limbs the Creeper has the potential to continue this for eternity.
 
6. ZOMBIES
 
What we know:
They are us.
They are dead.
They eat brains.
They can be slow (generally) but some can be fast (rarely).
They can die by a shot in the head that damages the brain.
Some can talk others... not so much, just moan.
 
What we DON'T know:
If we could survive a massive outbreak aka the Zombie Apocalypse.
How they truly reanimate.
If anything could curb their hunger.
 
Why they are Martha's #6:
Truly horrific to think that our dead could one day rise from their graves and try to kill/consume us. The image of the dead coming back is always a very grotesque and macabre sight to behold. In the event that the dead did indeed rise, what chance would the human race have against our own undead?
 
 
 5. Cthulhu
 
What we know:
Is a GREAT OLD ONE.
Described as part octopus, part man, and part dragon
R'lyeh is where he sleeps
He could destroy us all.
inspires madness
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
(In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming) 
 
What we DON'T know:
If he really cares to bother to destroy us or rule us.
If he can communicate.
If he is merciful or just bent on destruction no matter what.
Where R'lyeh is.
If he can be killed.
 
Why he is Martha's #5:
Cthulhu... the greatest creation of H.P. Lovecraft. When I first read this story as an 8 year old I thought... WOW, he's a god-like creature who could rise from his slumber and wipe out the entire world within a blink of an eye. It was awe inspiring to think such a thing. I became fascinated with the entire Cthulhu Mythos. In the end, humanity would never survive an attack by such a creature and there is no way of knowing if anything we did could truly stop him or harm him.
 
4. Demons/Devils/Possession Spirits
 
What we know:
Anyone could be potentially possessed
They could be a high ranking demon/devil or just a spirit.
Possession isn't always cured by exorcism
Catholics DENY that exorcisms and possession are real
Many people claim to suffer from it
It give you (the possessed) unnatural looks and/or abilities
Focuses usually on weak willed, mentally weak, or sick people
Being possessed and/or exorcised can KILL you
 
What we DON'T know:
If it is truly REAL.
If there is an agenda behind some of the possessions.
If people are truly cured when exorcised.
If we actually WIN when we exorcise a demon/devil/spirit
 
Why this is Martha's #4:
Isn't terrifying to think you could AT ANY TIME be taken over by a demon/devil/spirit and made to do things you wouldn't normally do. Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with demonic possession and the world of exorcisms thanks to THE EXORCIST. Who knows if it is a lower demon/devil or the MAN himself (Satan/Lucifer) or just some vengeful spirit. Not much is known about this subject and the churches all deny it is true however COUNTLESS humans claim to be possessed. Are they mentally ill or is there really something taking over their bodies against their wills?
 
 
3. The Grim Reaper aka Death
 
What we know:
Takes souls of dying people to Underworld
Carries a Scythe
Always cloaked
 
What we DON'T know:
If he was always The Reaper or was once like us
If he is the first or only one
If he is merciful or vengeful
If he is good or evil
If he kills or is ORDERED to kill
 
Why he is Martha's #3:
The Grim Reaper has always fascinated me. He is a solitary figure taking the blame for people dying. Claiming souls. "Death comes for us all." "Don't fear the Reaper." All these and other countless sayings point to The Grim Reaper as a being who comes in and claims what souls he has to when it is time for him to. But what is he? What was he? Are there more like him? Or is he alone in his dark profession? A unique figure of countless stories some horror, some not... one thing is for sure ... we will all meet him someday.
 
 2. Dracula
 
What we know:
Was once a brave warrior
Something changed him into a creature of darkness
drinks blood
can shapeshift
is immortal
can create others like himself by biting them
 
What we DON'T know:
If he can TRULY be killed
If he IS/WAS Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler)
if he is REAL
 
Why he is Martha's #2:
The first horror aspect I was ever truly introduced to was DRACULA by my great grandmother when I was only 3 years old. She told me the story first... and I was enthralled by the possibilities of it all. Then she showed me the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. Since that day I have always loved the myth and lore behind the iconic figure of Dracula. What was truly capturing my attention was that he was based on a REAL person who no one truly knows what fate he suffered. So many theories and stories surround the Dracula figure that sometimes it is hard to keep the majority of them straight. Many a man has portrayed the figure of darkness... and many are still to come. One thing is for certain when it concerns the Count... he will ALWAYS be there in our legends.
 
1. Humans
 
What we know:
We are all capable of great horrors
We all go a little mad sometimes
 
What we DON'T know:
When this will happen
If it will happen
How it happens
 
Why we are Martha's #1:
Man is the greatest monster ever created. We build and destroy for our own amusement. A man can go mad and snap, killing numerous things. We create machines and objects that inflict great pain and horrors into this world. My favorite story is THE TELL TALE HEART by Edgar Allan Poe. In this story the man says he isn't mad but a small little thing about a neighbor he is friendly with irks him to the point where he is driven to do the poor old man harm. It is a testament to the depths a man can and will go and still think he has done NOTHING wrong. Truly... man can be and IS the greatest of all monsters.
 
Read the Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
 
 
What are YOUR thoughts?
 
Thank you for reading. 

 
 

36 comments:

  1. "Man is the greatest monster ever created. "

    Yes, indeedy!!! This is an awesome list! You're the first blog I've visited so far and this is a spooktacular kick off to the festivities! :D Thank you for participating!

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    1. Wow 1st you looked at! Cool. Thank you. I appreciate that.

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  2. This is a fantastic compilation of monsters, and
    I agree, man is the greatest monster ever created. ♥

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  3. Your #1 pick is right on, Martha. Untold eons of human misery support it. Let alone what humans have done to the earth and other living species on it.

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    1. Sadly... humans have done so many destructive things in life not just to ourselves but to the planet and animals... not to mention we are unsure if anything we've sent in space could have been damaging to another planet or lifeform... indeed, humans ARE the worst of all monsters.

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  4. Good list. I absolutely agree with number one as well.

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  5. The Grim Reaper and Humans are definitely two of my favorite monster-kinds, too. You always know what to expect from them--a last visit from The Reaper and pretty much anything from Humans. Man is the greatest monster indeed, in both terrible and wonderful ways.

    Happiest MMM!

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    1. True.... Humans are the Worst of All "Monsters".... and They are Real...!!!

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    2. Thanks so much. I sometimes wish humans were NOT monsters but there is no denying the depths of human depravity.

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  6. Great Choices, dear Lady Martha...

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  7. Oh, my! I love your list, but I, especially, love that you put they why behind your choices. Sad to say, but I do agree with you on the number one monster of all time...us. May we all awaken one morning to the fact that we are all the same under the skin, and that the earth is a living thing. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I felt it appropriate to include why behind each choice. I just wasn't gonna list them off without you knowing WHY especially when we get down to #1. Thanks SO much for stopping by!

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  8. Absolutely agree, man is the worst monster! As for the Grim Reaper, I am rather fond of Terry Pratchett's take on DEATH. People die anyway, Death merely reaps their souls and ushers them into the next place. And like cats.

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    1. Terry Pratchett's take on Death is a great representation. I love the Hogfather. I was enthralled with DEATH in that story.

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  9. That was such an interesting twist. I didn't expect the number one monster to be humans. :)

    I do love the monster from Jeepers Creepers though! I can't wait for the next film which is being produced.

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    1. Yes, me too. Jeepers Creepers 3 Cathedral. It seems like it's taking FOREVER to be made but I hope the deliver with it.

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  10. I agree, humans (or humes as they're called in The Monster Club) are the worst monsters!

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    1. Well thank you. Thanks for visiting.

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  11. A facinating list. I love that you added the reasons under each one. The number 1 monster suprised me, but is also painfully true. No matter how weird or horrible monster we dream up, humans can always be worse.

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    1. So very true. Humans can do the most harm because we can be the worst of any monster we even try to imagine. Sad but true.

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  12. What a wonderful thought provoking post. I loved it and fully agree human kind are the worst monsters of all on this planet. As for Death, after reading the Discworld stories I've always rather liked him rather than been afraid. Happy Monster Day.

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    1. Personally, I'm not "SCARED" of any of these monsters save for HUMANS because humans are F'n crazy... but the Reaper intrigues me more than scares me. As does most monsters.

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  13. I did not see #1 coming that's awesome! The Creeper has to be one of the best modern day monsters! When I watched that movie it had me holding my breath thats how cool he is.

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    1. I was going to do an HONORABLE MENTION of the Babadook too... he is another MODERN monster that fascinates me seeing as we do not totally know anything about him as well. The Creeper... he's a modern monster that they really designed well. All the aspects of him (eating parts to regenerate, smelling the fear and the choice of victims from that smell) was just really well thought out.

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    2. I still need to watch the Babadook I know I have a big back log to get through someday.

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  14. Excellent choices...especially number 1 :D XXX

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting !!!!

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  15. Very, very interesting!!! Unfortunately, I do agree with number 1!

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

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  16. Boy, isn't that the truth: humans are by far the worst monsters ever. We do some pretty horrible things, don't we? Great list!

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    1. I really wish blogger was better about notifications cause I missed this one. THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by. MUCH APPRECIATED!

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  17. Hi MonsterMartha!

    Just wanted to let you know that you won a Morticia quote magnet in my May Monster Madness giveaway. :) If you would like to email me your address, I'll pop it in the mail to you this week. (info@littlegothichorrors.com)

    Emma (Little Gothic Horrors)

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    1. Blogger isn't notifying me of comments again. *sigh* Thank you so much. I emailed you the info let me know if you get it. Thanks SO SO MUCH. ;)

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