Yesterday, we had a couple fairly heavy topics on our Facebook discussion page – one on branching out into characters beyond the traditional male male couple and into mainstream sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal, and the other, posted by a Queer Sci Fi member, about the ongoing argument about who should write gay male-male romance.
I was very proud of the group for keeping the conversation civil on both topics. But now I’d like to do something a little lighter.
Since we haven’t done a paranormal topic for a while, I thought it would be fun to compile a Bestiary together on the Facebook discussion page – and maybe it will spark some plot bunnies for those of us who write paranormal fiction.
So here’s how it works. Please post the name and short description, along with a picture if you can find one, of some of your favorite paranormal/mythological beasties. The weirder and lesser-known, the better.
I’ll start it off with one of my favorites, the chupacabra. From Wikipedia:
The chupacabra or chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], from chupar “to suck” and cabra “goat”, literally “goat sucker”) is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas, with the first sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. It is purportedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.