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Monsters, fiends and beasts

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Get to know some of literature’s freakiest creations.

From the Gothic foundations of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, to the laboratory birthplace of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and beyond – the things that lurk in dark corners have always captured the imaginations of readers everywhere. And from Bunyips to Bigfoots (Bigfeet?), wherever you are in the world there are monster stories intertwined with those of people and place. Shut the closet and be sure to check under the bed: here are some books where the unnatural comes unnervingly to life.