Musings on Dreams and Classic Monsters

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This is peculiar and specific, but it’s something I’ve noticed with hearing people’s dreams, what they often have nightmares about. I’ve noticed there’s always a certain monster that’s prevalent to that particular person’s nightmares. It’s usually a classic one, like vampires or werewolves, I think because there’s a form of those in most cultures, and a lot of this century’s generations have grown up around horror movies. Even if they never watched them, they saw horror movies everywhere in posters and references, and now online. Vampires seem to be really common. I have had some insane dreams that I recall having some kind of vampire before.

Everyone has their individual classic monster. My personal one is actually zombies. If there’s a threat or presence I recognize in a dream, it’s often zombies or mummy-like humans. No clue why. I don’t recall ever being scared of zombies. Mummies, yes, at least as a kid. But it’s more frequently zombies, and I used to think zombies were like an ideal beauty standard or something.

Okay, maybe not that far, but I did love the way zombies looked. Now, I don’t strongly like much zombie fiction other than a handful of classics and Resident Evil, which isn’t exactly your typical zombie fare. I like the concept more than the execution, usually. I think dreaming and daydreaming zombies was a prelude to wanting to create drawings and imagery in books that unsettled people in the way looking at a zombie does. It’s some kind of primal fear, body horror thing that’s not easy to place in words, but I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s human, but it ain’t.
But it’s weird that having your own particular monster in your head isn’t a negative thing. It ends up making people want to create things, like a twisted reverse-muse. A good example would be Stephanie Meyer and her dream about Twilight. However you feel about Twilight, it was certainly a success born of a strange dream.

It’s also uncanny how silent horror films, and some of the first monster films, capture that disjointed, hazy dream feeling. People at the time, during the late 1800s-early 1900s were, it seemed to be, much closer to their own psychological quirks. I’m not trying to be one of those “back in my day” sorts, because I certainly am not over 100 years old. (As far as you know.) These are just objective statements born of observation. There’s too much disconnect in the 2010s, and you’ll notice that movies with that same “aura” seem to be spaced quite far apart. And I wonder if these kind of dreams will persist?

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