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Our application has been accepted for a booth at Visioncon!
Visioncon is an annual comic book, science fiction, fantasy, live action, role playing and gaming convention that offers fun for all ages and raises money for local charities. The event takes place at the Springfield Expo, 635 E St. Louis St,Springfield, MO 65806 on May 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2019.
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I will have a booth in artists alley at the County Pop Culture Con, which takes place at the Lake County Fairgrounds Convention Center on May 25th from 3:00 to midnight! – Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030 To learn more visit: County Pop Culture Con – Zurko Promotions
Concealed Realms will have a booth at the St. Louis Mighty con on Saturday, June 22nd – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 23rd -10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mighty Con St. Louis takes place at the St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Saint Charles, MO.
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“Will looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
“Oh, monsters are scared,” said Lettie. “That’s why they’re monsters.” – Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.” – Primo Levi
“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” – Werner Herzog
“Sometimes mortals can be more horrible than monsters.” – Rick Riordan
“Not all monsters are filled with darkness.” – Carrie Ryan, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
“Are you telling me that vampires and werewolves are the reason America won the Revolutionary War?,” I asked, dumbfounded.” – Drew Hayes, The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
“What your mind sees when you close your eyes marks the entrance to an endless universe: your imagination.” – Stephen Helmes, From 12 to 6 (More Nightly Visits)
“Are you a monster if you kill monsters, especially if those monsters are inside your head?” – Deonté Jack
“…we fear monsters because we fear the dark parts of ourselves…” – John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
Definition of Monster:
1.A monster is a large imaginary creature that looks very ugly and frightening.
A monster is something which is extremely large, especially something that is difficult to manage or which is unpleasant.
Monster means extremely and surprisingly large.
If you describe someone as a monster, you mean that they are cruel, frightening, or evil.
A brief history of monsters:
Monsters predate written history. They are as old as time or at least the idea of them is and we are all fascinated by the myth and the mystery which surrounds them. Every culture on our planet has its own versions. This means there is an innumerable amount out there to research and investigate. Let us take a closer look at their evolution in story telling as a whole.
There have been hand drawn images found in caves that are believed to be from as long ago as 73,000 years. Why is this important?
Although the interpretation of prehistoric rock art images meanings can be quite controversial, they are representations of expression. Several instances of human animal hybrids have occurred in cave paintings and its suggested that these images date back between 52,000 and 40,000 years ago. These images are arguably some of the earliest traces of human creativity.
One theory of the human animal hybrid drawings is that they are simple depictions of people wearing costumes or masks. Another popular theory is that they represent the mythological ability in people to be able to shape shift. Ether way this artwork took a fair amount of imagination.
I wonder how these images effected those that stumbled upon them unaware. Did the hair raise on the nap of their necks at the sight of unfamiliar animals or people with inhuman features?
From word of mouth to documentation:
We know that long before the the written word, fables and myth’s that included monstrous creatures were passed around by word of mouth. Oftentimes these stories of unfamiliar or magical creatures were used to explain phenomena beyond our ancestors comprehension. Other times they were meant as very real warnings or to tech valuable lessons, meant to keep the listener out of harms way.
The earliest examples of written literature appear to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia around 34000 B.C. when the Sumerian civilization began making markings on clay tablets in a script known as cuneiform. These documents tended to be administrative or economic until around the third millennium B.C. when Sumerian scribes started copying down essays, hymns, poetry and myths. This is said to be when the oldest known fictional story “Epic of Gilgamesh,” first appeared.
This mythic poem followed a hero on his search for the key to immortality and was filled with adventure, monsters, and gods.
Other ancient examples of story’s and myth’s with monsters that were documented would include Aesop’s fables.
Aesop was thought to have lived well over a hundred years before the first written version’s of Aesop’s fables were created. This storyteller is believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE and the collection of story’s credited to Aesop have continued to be reinterpreted throughout time.
Greek mythology is found in primitive folktales throughout many lands. The original myth’s are thought to have been inspired by the religions of the people of Crete (Kríti), around 3000 BC. As Greek civilization developed, the mythology underwent a gradual modification.
Even so, the essential characteristics of the Greek gods and their legends remained intact and many made their way into what is now classical Greek mythology, which is thought to have become fully developed by about the 700s BC as three written collections of Greek myth’s appeared around that time.
Similarly, The Thousand and One Nights, which is based on Indian, Persian, and Arab folklore, dates back at least 1000 years as a collection and includes many individual stories that are undoubtedly even older than that.
The Panchatantra consists of five books of animal fables and magical tales that were compiled, between the third and fifth centuries AD and it is thought that the stories were already ancient at that time.
There are many other works that were said to have been passed around by word of mouth for hundreds or even thousands of years before the first written examples appeared.
You can learn more about ancient literature here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_literature, https://www.ancient.eu/gilgamesh/
The age of Exploration officially began in the early 15th century and lasted through the 17th century. Myths and legends of monsters spread as more cultures took to exploring and documenting what they heard and saw.
As we have noted before with unicorns and dragons, some of these monsters even made there way into ancient catalogues and natural history textbooks.
Slowly over time, idea’s of which monsters could and could not actually exist morphed as people became more familiar with the world outside of where they lived. Even so, it would still be quit a while before we would see full length novels featuring our favorite monsters.
Books published in the Middle Ages were seen as exclusive and authoritative, therefore the contents were assumed to be true. For example William Caxton‘s 1485 edition of Thomas Malory‘s Le Morte d’Arthur was sold as a history book, even though the story contained magical events and other improbable factors.
The rise of fictional literature (condensed):
In the 16th and 17th centuries the invention of printing created a new market of cheap entertainment and knowledge in the form of chapbooks. This helped to drive the need for separation of history and fiction.
Even though the novella began developing in the early Renaissance, it wasn’t until the late 18th and early 19th centuries that writers started fashioning the novella into a literary genre structured by precepts and rules. This was the start of what we would consider, the modern day novel.
Where were the monsters?
Gothic literature can be traced all the way back to 1764, with English author Horace Walpole’s, The Castle of Otranto. Gothic literature includes elements of horror and terror as well as a helpless victim. The victimizer usually possesses some form of supernatural power or other advantage over the victim.
Monster literature first emerged in the 19th century with the release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) In Monster literature, the victimizer is portrayed in the form of a monster that torments the protagonists.
What followed was the creation of many classic monster novels including, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886 , Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897and Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend in 1954.
To learn more visit these links:http://www.seasky.org/ocean-exploration/ocean-timeline-5000bc-1bc.html,https://www.ducksters.com/geography/country/greece_history_timeline.php,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel
From books to movies:
Monster literature tends to evoke strong emotions of sorrow, desolation, and isolation and the same could be said of early monster movies. Even these movie monsters have evolved quite a lot over time. Historically, monsters have been depicted using stop motion animation, puppets, creature suits, and in the modern day, CGI.
The 1915 feature length film, The Golem, directed by Paul Wegener, is one of the earliest examples of film to include a creature. It was followed by another German film, Nosferatu in 1922, and the depiction of a dragon in Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen in 1924.
In the 1930s, American movie studios began to produce more successful films of this type, usually based on Gothic tales such as Dracula and Frankenstein in 1931, then by The Mummy (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933). Classified as Horror films, they all included iconic monsters.
Several subcategories of horror movies erupted as they grew in popularity, including the development of Z movie, (films made outside the organized motion picture industry with ultra-low budgets) and the introduction of B movies ( low-budget commercial science-fiction and horror films) in the 1950s.
In the 1960’s its said that popularity in these traditionally scary movies began to wain, causing filmmakers to readjust how they represented their monstrous creatures. It seemed viewers wanted more heart pounding excitement, and by the early 1970’s, giant thriller monsters became all the rage.
Alternately and no less important, in the 1970’s after the creation of Mel Brooks‘ Young Frankenstein, comedy became popular to use as a scaring device. Comedy horror films remain popular today.
Traditional monster movies finally re-emerged to a wider audience during the late 1990s, but the audience had changed. Instead of being scared out of there pants by horror movies like The Mummy on TV, more frequently they laughed at the monsters.
Nowadays monsters are everywhere, in classic horror flicks, comedy’s, and children’s movies. Major film studios cater to a generation of people that love monsters in all their forms, because of the changes to what these monsters have come to mean to us.
Its clear, how we view monsters has evolved time and time again. Although some monsters still represent what we could be capable of and still act as warnings, it is no longer their sole purpose. Weather frighting or funny, people of all ages love to be entertained by them. Perhaps, it is the mystery and the element of darkness coupled with skepticism which adds to the glory and buzz behind “monsters”.
Learn more about the history of monsters: oxforddictionaries.com, listverse.com,sacguide.libguides.com,https://www.bustle.com/articles/191462-9-monsters-from-books-based-on-true-stories
Disjointed Tales: A Collection of Eccentric Short Stories
By: Ken Fry
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A small but unhinging collection of weird tales that will entertain you on dark nights, by the fireside or in bed.
From the depths of the scrambled mind of KEN FRY…
While exploring his archives, he discovered a host of stories he had forgotten about in a dingy cupboard. Included in the collection is the first story he ever wrote. Mostly odd, unnerving, and not short on dark humor.
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In this sequel to Rise, Amanda searches for the link between herself and the visions that afflict her. Unsure if the people she observes are the cause or the cure of all her troubles, she focuses on the two she feels the deepest connection with, the shy healer Emily and the brave Kiami, who can control humans with her song:For years, Emily has endured her parents’ harsh treatment without her curse showing itself, but when her best friend has an accident, she cannot ignore the compulsion to save her. She’s afraid to return home, and the wisps, glowing beings of light, seem to be her only allies as trouble and magic follow her everywhere she goes.Before Amanda knew about the seven realms, she longed to know her mother. Now her inherited gift is the very thing she fears most, and even as she fights to keep her shadow magic at bay, she can feel it growing inside her. Plagued by nightmares and haunted by a new vision of Emily, a cryptic accusation may just send her tumbling over the edge. Kiami’s magical abilities have always been nurtured by her guardians, but when she suddenly finds herself abandoned, she becomes desperate to find anyone that’s immune to her song. So when Amanda and her jinn companion seek her out for help, she agrees.As their paths intertwine, the world around them becomes increasingly dangerous. There is a dark power determined to prevent them from understanding the truth, and as the teens get closer to unraveling the mystery, it becomes clear that they will have to work together if they want to survive long enough to figure it out.
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