Making a Successful Slasher

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Frank

This post by Frank Larnerd

The very first slashers come from the ancient Greeks. In his first adventures, the hero Theseus battled six different slashers, before going to Crete to fight the monsterous Minotaur. First he had to face the chthonic bandit, Periphetes, who beat travelers to death with a giant club. Second was Sinis, a robber who disposed of his victims by tying them to two bent pines which ripped them apart once they were released. The witch Phaea was Theseus’ third challenge. This old crone could transform herself into an enormous boar which devoured her targets. Next was Sciron who feed his prey to a giant sea monster. In his fifth encounter, Theseus challenged Cercyon, the King of Eleusis who broke his opponents’ bones in wrestling matches. Finally, Theseus faced Procrustes the Stretcher. Procrustes would offer weary travelers his bed. If they were too short to fill the…

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6 Responses to Making a Successful Slasher

  1. Neva Bodin says:

    Me thinks my sleep my be fraught with monsters. That must have been a very intense, eventful story. If there were slashers way back then, it definitely illustrates, there is nothing new in the world. But we as authors must find a new way to tell it. That story sounds like it could be current even though it’s old. I don’t know much about monsters, I generally avoid them.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks Neva. I thought resharing Frank’s blog for October eould be suiting. He culd alwayd find the ofdest things to write about. Cher’ley

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  2. Mike Staton says:

    Good post for Halloween. Those ancient Greeks… such blood thirsty dudes.

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  3. Nancy Jardine says:

    I have a feeling I read a slightly sanistised version of Theseus since my memories are heroic rather than gory. But just somewhere in one of my upstairs bookcases, that book is still there. I’ve had it since I was about 11 or 12. I do remember loving the illustrations in it- very imaginative.

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