If you’ve read Colonization, Book 1 in the Paradise Reclaimed trilogy, then you know the threat to the colony is something the colonists can’t see. There’s no giant monster or alien creature at the end. So, when book 2, Reconnaissance, came around, I made it my purpose to give the reader just what they were missing in book 1. I used these movies and books for inspiration for my “creatures.” If you haven’t seen any of these, you should give them a try. But, don’t watch them alone and proceed at your own risk because some of them are pretty scary!
1. Arachnophobia (1990)
From IMBD: A South American killer spider hitches a lift to the US in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.
Scene for inspiration: the way the spiders converted the barn into a giant spider web. One of my favorite characters in that movie is found cocooned there. I wanted to have cocoons in my book.
2. Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers (2002)
From IMBD: While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Scene for Inspiration: When Sam has to fight off Shelob, the giant spider. The thing that made this scene particularly scary was the thick body of the spider and its stinger. This gave me the idea for giving my own creatures armor with daggers that can shoot from their legs.
3. It by Stephen King
A group of young kids reunite to fight the horror they faced as children.
Scene for Inspiration: When the inter-dimensional creature finally shows itself as a gigantic spider at the end. The sheer size was scary enough for me. I knew I had to make my enemy enormous.
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
From IMDB: Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of mysterious attacks and a strange voice haunting him.
Scene for inspiration: When they find the Acromantulas in the Forbidden Forest. I thought the shadowy atmosphere made the spiders very creepy, along with the thought they were conscience beings with logic and reason. I made sure the ship for my creatures was dark. Also, if this species could travel through space, then they would have to have some amount of rational thinking and self-awareness.
5.Starship Troopers (1997)
From IMDB: Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.
Scene for Inspiration: When they capture the giant “brain bug” at the end. These aren’t spiders per say, but they certainly reminded me of them with all their multiple legs. When you see the brain behind them, it gave me the idea that the creatures in my books could have overly large sized brains. How else would they figure out how to travel through space?
So that’s it! My history of spidery characters from my childhood and young adult life. You’ll have to read Reconnaissance for yourself to see how these movies and books influenced my own imagination. Go ahead…if you dare!
Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her lifemate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love.
While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the lifemate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives.
Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?
Aubrie Dionne writes science fiction fantasy with romantic elements. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Inkspell Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She’s also a professional flutist in New England.
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