Posted on 07/14/2020 at 02:24 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Maybe reality is scary enough for you and your readers right now – or maybe it’s only whetting your appetite for adrenaline-spiking literature.

Joanna Penn recently interviewed someone who likely falls into the latter camp, if he ever wasn’t in search of a good chill.

Philip Athans is the bestselling author of several novels that depart from established reality, as well as The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction and Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction.

He and Penn spoke at length about the definition of a monster, how one can enhance the other characters in your novel, the idea of monster as metaphor in literature, how to create a unique monster and more.

You can read a transcript of their conversation or listen to it on The Creative Penn.

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