I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love watching cold-war era monster movies and creature features. It doesn’t matter (too much) how hokey the puppets, costumes, and special effects were, these are a link to my past, my childhood, much more than King Arthur or Cowboys and Indians.
Beyond a doubt, my favorite is the 1954 classic, Them!. After all, who doesn’t like giant ants taking on the police, the army, and the city of Los Angeles? Coming in at a close second place is Twenty Million Miles to Earth. Oh, how I love that Venusian creature battling the elephant in Rome. Others include Tarantula, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Earth Vs. The Spider, The Black Scorpion, The Deadly Mantis, and It Came From Beneath the Sea, just to name a few.
I am a bit torn, wondering what some of these timeless classics would look like today, updated with all of the Wizbang computer technology available. I think they would look fantastic, but I am also afraid that something of the story would be lost in the process of creating amazing scenes and imagery. A certain amount of quaintness and nostalgia accompany these stories that just don’t fit in our day and age.
Enjoying these stories so much, I am starting a series of novellas titled Havoc Tales.
The title comes from the lead character, Jack Havoc, who leads a specially chosen team in dealing with the frighteningly unimaginable. Writing is well underway, and I expect to have Volume 1 out in the next couple of months. The tales will be serial in nature, with certain themes and adversaries carrying through the storyline.
I hope you are as excited about reading these stories as I am writing them.
Keep watching, and I suggest you keep the lights on.
Until then, my books, Are We Monsters and 2520 The Last Day will keep you busy. Order your copies today.