There is certainly no shortage of monster fiction available and here are plenty of great recommendations already, so let me suggest something a little different for you. One only has to switch on the television to see that our country is completely obsessed with monsters, aliens, ghosts and other paranormal stuff. Some people are understandably very skeptical about these things, while others are passionate believers who are convinced that everything they see on these reality shows are the truth. Yet, even the most absurd and improbable "monster" myth or legend must have had its origins somewhere. This is a question that is explored in a non-fiction book called Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite: The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan. The author is not only a science journalist, but also a fan of monster myths, which makes him an ideal candidate to explore the monster phenomena from an objective and scientific viewpoint. It is quite refreshing to read something about monsters that isn't written from a viewpoint of debunking everything or breathlessly believing even the most circumstantial of evidence. Matt doesn't just look at recent lore either, but explores stories from throughout history. If you enjoy monster stories, but need a break from all the fictional stuff, then you won't be disappointed by this book. I know that there are a couple of other ones that explore similar topics, but this one is the best that I've read so far.
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Posted on 28th of February, 2019