. . . [When] there was a sound, it carried; the skirl of RAF jets circling high, the faint and irregular rumble of buildings collapsing. And now and then, animalistic shrieks echoed off the low cloud. Sounds made by unnatural things, things with lungs the size of football pitches and throats wider than railway tunnels. —James Swallow, “The Turn of the Card”
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, released by Ragnarok Publications earlier this month, is a standout project among our industry’s countless Kickstarter-funded fiction anthologies. Inspired in part by Guillermo del Toro’s latest blockbuster, Pacific Rim, the book takes all the excitement — and cosmic terror — that comes with the reptilian-monsters-ravaging-urban-cities territory and establishes a foundation for what could very well be a resurgence of the genre. Especially with a new Godzilla flick on the way in 2014. Project creator and co-editor Nick Sharps kindly agreed to an interview.
Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by and answer a few questions about the book, Nick. I’ve been a fan of creature horror for as far back as my memory goes, and while the kaiju tend to go overlooked here in the U.S., del Toro’s homage to the old monster films and anime of the East was a tremendously fun reminder of the full breadth of the form.
And it is an art form, I think; there is nothing so fundamentally terrifying as the monster that speaks to our most deep-seated fears, both physical and psychological.