monsters, human imagination, popular culture

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Monsters are a timeless feature of human imagination. Images of monsters have emerged in almost every culture, from the Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus. Most of the readers in the US, the author contends, would agree with her that they had personally grown up with monsters: like those in the series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” on Nickelodeon or confronted by images from modern horror films at the theater. Monsters are uncontrollable creatures of the human imagination, inspiring fear through their gigantic stature; composition of repressed emotions within one’s self; and disregard for moral, social, and physiological structure.



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