Monsters have been living in out dormant rooms and in our memories for a long time now. Such larger-than-life monsters and demons, whose horror we sometimes envision flashing right back from our childhood. Track down the biggest monsters ever created in the Western Literature, from the newest tracing back to the oldest:

2002

BELDAM (The Other Mother)

From Coraline by Neil Gaiman, 2002

1999

DEMENTORS

From The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, 1999

1996

WHITE WALKER

From Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, 1996

1989

ANKLE GRABBER

From Ankle Grabber by Rose Impey, 1989

1986

PENNYWISE

From IT by Stephen King, 1986

1983

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

From The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, 1983

THE GRAND HIGH WITCH

From The Witchers by Roald Dahl, 1983

1981

GOBLINS

From Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak, 1981

1979

THE NOTHING

From The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, 1979

1954

NAZGUL

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, 1954

TASH

From the book The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, 1954

1951

TRIFFID

From The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, 1951

1928

CTHULHU

From The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft, 1928

1897

COUNT DRACULA

From Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897

1895

MORLOCKS

From The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, 1895

1886

MR. HYDE

From The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

1883

KILLER CROC

From the Batman Issue #357 by Gerry Conway, 1883

1871

JABBERWOCKY

From Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, 1871

1870

GIANT SQUID

From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, 1870

1820

HEADLESS HORSEMAN

From the book The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, 1820

1818

FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER

From Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1818

6th Century

MEDUSA

From Theogony by Hesiod, 700 BC, Approx.

5th Century

SCYLLA

From The Odyssey by Homer, 675-725 Approx.

Date Unknown

GRENDEL

From Beowulf – Anonymous –  Unknown Date

For writers, especially, getting to know all types of monsters that authors have created, before you and me, in the past, will help you avoid building common characteristics traits and personalities while developing and shaping your own unique characters (demons and monsters).

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