I write a lot of horror into my games. I love horror movies and books and pretty much have dedicated all this writing to horror and horror-themed RPGs. So you might be wondering what is it that scares, or rather scared, me.
Well a specific one at least.
Back when I was young I remember watching this movie on KPLR-TV Channel 11 out of St. Louis. It was an old 50s horror film called "From Hell it Came". My gods it was terrible.
But the monster in it, a cursed tree that grew out of the grave of a wrongly condemned man, freaked me out to no end.
I am not sure why. Maybe it is because trees are alive and they are everywhere. I think too it was the noise it made. The monster was called a "Tobonga" but in my young mind it became "Taboo the Tree Monster" and I must have freaked out pretty hard cause to this day I still get grief for it from my family. I even get "gifts" of little tree monsters for Halloween from them.
I have never made a tree monster that I thought worked well enough to match the memory of fear (not the fear itself, that is long gone) I had then. I did create Druthers for various games and I think they have a link to this guy. Though I did buy this bit of art to come up with something. I still might.
Yeah. So I was never afraid of witches. I loved them back then too. Scarecrows freaked me out for a bit. But the real horror is in walking, back from the dead, killer trees.
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