A regular point of discussion among horror fans, especially as we get
older, is how and when to introduce your kids to horror. You’re eager to share
your passion with them, but you don’t want to scar them for life with
scary images when they’re most impressionable.
Author and illustrator Ralph Cosentino has the perfect solution: children’s books that tell the origins of classic monsters in fun ways. He’s currently raising money on Kickstarter to launch his own Cruikshank & Wallace Publishing and release three monster books.
I Am the Frankenstein Monster is up first, due out in December. You can get a hardcover copy and digital version for $20, among other perks. It will be followed by I Am the Werewolf and I Am Dracula.
Inspired by my love for monsters and the original literature and
folklore, the first book takes Frankenstein’s monster from the
laboratory, into the castle’s halls where he befriends the small
creatures living in it and begins learning and exploring the world
I set out to create a series of monster picture books that simply
explained their origins and depicted a day in the life of monsters we
all love. In addition I wanted to add a fun auditory component to the
text that repeats throughout each story so kids or parents could do
something I loved doing as a child, role play and pretend to be their
Real vampires were hungarians, but because of twilight, they let romanians take this title
Wikipedia says that Twilight is set in Washington State, US (x).
Folklore about vampires is not necessary a purely Romanian affair. You can find vampires in folklore across Eastern Europe and the Balkans. That the mythical being reached Western literature is rather a fairly recent phenomenon, stemming as early as the 18th century, in conjunction with the Habsburg annexation of the Romanian province, Oltenia, and northern Serbia. Thereon, the folklore snowballed across Western Europe, so it must’ve worked because those stories (the proper ones) are scary af. Vampires can also be found in other non-European cultures in e.g. Africa and Asia. (x)
The notion of vampires and their connection with Romania actually began when some Irish guy began writing a story about a vampire called Dracula and partially set the novel in Transylvania. (x)
Inspired by ancient crumbling architecture, dark and eerie literature, and damp forgotten crypts.
Moss and decay.
Dust and soot.
The velvet darkness of night and all that it swallows.