Supernatural and Fantasy Creatures

Creatures can be a large part of storytelling, especially when it comes to the Fantasy and Supernatural genres. Of course, we’ve read and watched loads of stories that revolve around the typical vampires, werewolves, elves, angels and demons. But what about the rest? There are a plethora of different creatures out there… let’s take a look at a couple.


Banshee
– A shrieking or screaming fairy who carries the spirit of a past family member. The idea of being haunted by a spirit is creepy enough, but a shrieking fairy? Yep. Super creepy!

Cyclopes – The cyclopes has surfaced in some pretty great stories, but not as often as most creatures. How can you go wrong with a one-eyed, hairy giant?

Kraken – This is one I really like. The Kraken, though, by nature, must be located in water still really has a lot of potential.

Unicorns – Yes, yes. I can hear you already… Unicorns?! Everyone knows what a unicorn is! That’s true. They do. However, how often do you see them used in novels? Off the top of my head, I can’t really think of any. Interesting, isn’t it? That something so popular, in general, isn’t used all that much in storytelling? Of course, they are used a lot in children’s writing, not so much in adult stories.

Okay, so, that only covers a very small amount of the vast amount out there. What other creatures have you come across that you find interesting and underused?


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5 Comments for “Supernatural and Fantasy Creatures”

reigny dai

says:

The Blob, The Thing, The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Syfy creates the best creatures: piranhaconda, five-headed snake, sharktopus, whalewolf, and mega everything.

Neither the Loch Ness Monster nor the Jersey Devil get much action.

C.N.Blaze

says:

Hey there. I am highly interested in fairy tale creatures and am using a few in my own current work.

I am using a few oldies and throwing in a healthy batch of new creatures as well. As I do this I am wondering just how much is too much. Is there a limit to the amount of new creatures an audience can accept without distraction from the story? Is the sky the limit as long as….what?

Basically, I think I am puzzled about what is absolutely necessary in the fantasy world to keep the reader happy and settled down for a marathon read.

reigny dai

says:

Hello C.N. Blaze,

The writing keeps the reader happy, not the number of characters. With that said, “A few oldies” and a “healthy batch” may overwhelm the reader. Save some characters for another story.

Raymond Tobaygo

says:

Good morning, Anisa

I think we’ve seen the creatures in your post in movies ,short stories or Novels, maybe too much. I enjoy the creation of new creatures as opposed to ones we know.

Take care and stay safe,

Ray

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