People have long used fear as a tool to
Tales of monsters have been with us since the dawn of time.
They are part of every people’s traditions and folklore, whether told around a
prehistoric campfire or projected on a wide screen with digital sound for
The Epic of
Gilgamesh, shown here in part of the 11th tablet, mentions several types of
monsters, and an older Sumerian tale says Gilgamesh's father was a Lillu, or
In all the stories, the monsters take their shapes
from our fears of the unknown—be it apprehensions about nocturnal noises from a
forest, or worries over the ominous intentions of races in far-off lands
described by returning sailors. Evidently, some monsters that first materialize
on a remote continent find ways to migrate to one’s own land and take up
residence in a nearby wilderness or wasteland.