crownofteeth

An aside, re:disembodied teeth

As work progresses (and on some days, regresses) on the Crown of Teeth etchings, there has been discussion about what actually makes them so intensely creepy. I put it to you like this…

• We take animal teeth—fangs—and put them in human mouths and we call those monsters. Vampires, werewolves, even manticores. The classics.

• We take human teeth and put them in beasts and they are so terrifying, the word monster is inadequate. Creepy only barely scratches the surface. All words are inadequate. IT IS A THING OF WRONGNESS.

Scroll through animalswithhumanteeth.tumblr.com if you don’t believe me.