Have a look on the website I've linked below - it's wikipedia's list of mythical creatures. Have a look through, and there'll be a few that jump out at you. A lot of the creatures have hardly been heard of too, so your story will be surprisingly original. Just find a creature that gets your imagination fired-up - that you can easily imagine a situation with - and you've already done the hardest part!!
I'll give it a quick go myself to show you what I mean:
"Redcap: a type of imaginary malevolent murderous dwarf, goblin, elf or fairy found in Border Folklore. They inhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travelers who stray into their homes and dye their hats with their victims' blood (from which they get their name)."
So... a scene I can easily imagine is a person walking through some dense Scottish woodland in the depths of the night. It's totally quiet apart from the crunch of the dry twigs and ferns beneath their feet. As they walk, the high walls of an old castle appear between the gaps in the fir trees. Thinking they hear a strange noise, they begin to creep slowly towards the source of the sound, and see a strange red shape partly obscured by a cold grey boulder. As they move closer, the noises become more distinct - a sort of frenzied gurgling sound, like a dying animal snorting in a stream. As they move around the rock, they see the hideous little redcap. It kneels over a human body, a body bleeding profusely from its abdomen, and dips its little cap in the crimson stream. Lifting the cap to its mouth, it furiously and gleefully guzzles down the blood, the steaming crimson smeared across its sharp teeth and scarred chin. Mid-guzzle, it stops dead on the spot, as if intently listening to something. As little puffs of misty breath rise from its hot, bloody mouth, it looks around, its yellow eyes falling upon the new observer. As droplets of blood spit from its lips, it releases a hushed, devilish giggle.
Mwahaha. See what I mean? Just find a creature that has potential and your idea's already formed. The creature that grabs your attention will do so for a reason - whatever is unusual about it will suggest ideas and themes which you're already interested in.
· 1 decade ago