Meet the Dark And Gloomy Side of Literature: 8 Terrifying Creatures


Get ready to be lost in the magical world of literature! Here are 8 horrifying monsters in literature. Enjoy reading.


8. The Minotaur

The Minotaur, as Roman poet Ovid described, is a "part man and part bull", and it belongs to the Greek mythology. The term Minotaur derives from the Ancient Greek Μῑνώταυρος, a compound of the name Μίνως (Minos) and the noun ταύρος "bull", translated as "(the) Bull of Minos". He’s the son of King Minos’ wife, Pasiphae, and a bull she fell in love with. It dwells at the center of the Labyrinth created by Daedalus and his son Icarus.

7. Basilisks

In European bestiaries and legends, a basilisk is a legendary reptile with venomous fangs reputed to be a serpent king who can cause death with a single glance. Most of us know this monster from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, yet, Basilisks whose main weakness was the odor of weasels, have been part of the Europian mythology for thousands of years.

6. The Kraken

The Kraken is a legendary cephalopod-like sea monster of giant size that belongs Scandinavian mythology. The monster appears in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick. The Kraken, which described a massive creature that dwells at the bottom of the sea, attacks the ships and kills everything in its path.

5. Medusa

Medusa is a Gorgon, generally described as a female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. She was a ravishingly beautiful woman who is raped by Poseidon. Then, out of jeolousy, Athena curses Medusa. The goddess gives snakes in place of hair and makes her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone.

4. Cyclops

Cyclops are a race of giants, each with a single eye in the center of his forehead. The word "cyclops" literally means "round-eyed" or "circle-eyed". The giant appears in Homer's The Odyssey. In the epic, Odysseus kills a Cyclops who eats people in his cave. The Cyclops' name is Polyphemus, and he is a son of Poseidon.

3. Cthulhu

Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft, which looks like an octupus and a dragon. The monster also looks like a human with wings that is hundreds of meters tall. It is said that this monster dwells at the bottom of the sea and waits its time to rule the Earth.

2. Fenris

Fenris is a wolf of giant size from Norse mythology. He has been the subject of artistic depictions, and he appears in literature. It is said that Fenris gets bigger and bigger with every person he kills. Since he will keep eating people until the end of the world, he will be as big as the entire planet.

1. Dementors

And of course, Dementors from Harry Potter universe are on the list! They feed on human happiness and can extract souls with their Dementor's Kiss. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself – soulless and evil. You’ll be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life, in order to resisr them, you must focus on your happiness memories.

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