Well, the My Favorite Monster project was fun, but it turns out I have neither the time nor the inclination to maintain a second Tumblr. I’m not going to kill it, but this will probably be the last post. Thanks for those who participated and I hope everyone enjoyed this menagerie of monsters.
And as a special treat, we’re going to close with a monster from one of my very favorite people, Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola and the Boy Next Door.
"I’m in love with near-real monsters. The ones that pseudoscientific cryptozoologists spend their lives searching for, almost always fruitlessly,* but never without hope. Bigfoot. Yeti. Chupacabra.
My favorite cryptid of all is the Loch Ness Monster’s less famous relative—the Mokèlé-mbèmbé (“one who stops the flow of rivers”) of the Congo River basin. It’s been described in many ways, but frequently as a massive, long-necked, grey-brown animal that lives in the deepest areas of lakes and river bends. Reports suggest that it’s between fifteen and thirty-five feet long. Some say it may be an elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, or monitor lizard. Others—far more intriguingly—describe it as a sauropod.
Don’t you WANT this to exist?!
Of course, like all cryptids, there is no scientific evidence of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé. And it’s exceedingly doubtful that there’s dinosaur hiding in the heart of Africa. But … that will never stop me from hoping it’s there.
*See the okapi, komodo dragon, and mountain gorilla”
When Steph sent me this post, I couldn’t help but think of that 80’s movie with Sean Young, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. Anyone else remember that one? Such awesome animatronics.
Day 27, October 30: Who is your favorite monster/villain?
The Weeping Angels have to be my most favourite monsters/villains, because they scare me the most. The idea of creatures that literally turn to stone when you’re not looking at them and then are able to move so incredibly fast to get you, and then send you back in time to make you live out your life till you die so they can feed on the time energy of the days you could’ve had is actually frightening. It’s like a really intense version of Seven Up which has pretty serious consequences. Weeping Angels not only terrify me, but intrigue me. How did they come to be the way they are?
Monsters need privacy too. (From yesterday’s Rally Against Mass Surveillance in Washington, DC.)