Favourite Librivoxed monsters?

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Timothy Ferguson
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Post by Timothy Ferguson » April 20th, 2015, 7:03 am

I write roleplaying games and am thinking of podcasting, and I'd like some monsters to introduce people to. What are people's favourite monsters from Librivox recordings? The one that gave me the idea is Tharagavverug by Lord Dunsany.
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Post by Newgatenovelist » April 20th, 2015, 11:11 am

Dunsany is brilliant, but I also think William Hope Hodgson has some good monsters. The titular characters of The Ghost Pirates are suitably spooky, as are the unnerving swine creatures in The House on the Borderland, and some of what Carnacki faces is terrifying.

I have to say that I'm quite looking forward to reading responses on this thread so I know what else to add to my queue!
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Post by kadath » April 20th, 2015, 11:57 am

Not sure if they could technically speaking be considered "monsters" but Arthur Machen's "White People" come to mind as being especially pernicious and forbidding.

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Post by Peter Why » April 20th, 2015, 2:19 pm

Most of M.R. James's horrors are implicit, but there's quite a good monster in "Canon Alberic's scrapbook" in Ghost Stories of an antiquary":
At first you saw only a mass of coarse, matted black hair; presently it
was seen that this covered a body of fearful thinness, almost a skeleton,
but with the muscles standing out like wires. The hands were of a dusky
pallor, covered, like the body, with long, coarse hairs, and hideously
taloned. The eyes, touched in with a burning yellow, had intensely black
pupils, and were fixed upon the throned King with a look of beast-like
hate. Imagine one of the awful bird-catching spiders of South America
translated into human form, and endowed with intelligence just less than
human, and you will have some faint conception of the terror inspired by
the appalling effigy. One remark is universally made by those to whom I
have shown the picture: 'It was drawn from the life.'
....
In another infinitesimal flash he had taken it in. Pale, dusky skin,
covering nothing but bones and tendons of appalling strength; coarse
black hairs, longer than ever grew on a human hand; nails rising from the
ends of the fingers and curving sharply down and forward, grey, horny,
and wrinkled.

He flew out of his chair with deadly, inconceivable terror clutching at
his heart. The shape, whose left hand rested on the table, was rising to
a standing posture behind his seat, its right hand crooked above his
scalp. There was black and tattered drapery about it; the coarse hair
covered it as in the drawing. The lower jaw was thin--what can I call
it?--shallow, like a beast's; teeth showed behind the black lips; there
was no nose; the eyes, of a fiery yellow, against which the pupils showed
black and intense, and the exulting hate and thirst to destroy life which
shone there, were the most horrifying features in the whole vision. There
was intelligence of a kind in them--intelligence beyond that of a beast,
below that of a man.
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Post by AdeledePignerolles » April 20th, 2015, 2:24 pm

What about the aliens in War of the Worlds? Their description is certainly terrifying enough!

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