Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature – Part 3

Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature – Part 3

Alright guys–we’ve already traversed two
parts of the rich tapestry that is modern literature, scouring the countryside for some
of the most terrifying monstrosities and villainous entries that lurk within the shadows of both
horror, fantasy and science fiction. Now, in part one and part two, we addressed
perhaps some of the more obvious entries of the things that go bump in the night–but
now, it’s probably high time that we knuckle down and find out which horrifying entries
are still left lurking beneath the bowels of the realms of literary monsters. Let’s find out. Hello horror fans, what’s going on–and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature–Part
3. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from 2002’s The Time Machine, starring Guy Pearce–a modern cinematic retelling of the
1895 science fiction novella of the same name, written by H.G. Wells. In it, it depicts a world–far, far in the
future–where humanity has evolved into two very distinct species, the Morlocks and the
Eloi. And–yeah, whilst the Morlocks might be like–9
feet tall in the film–and wield frickin blow-dart-guns–in the novel, they’re an unnerving depiction
of humanity’s obsession with putting things in boxes. Yeah, whilst a little dated–they definitely
deserve an honorable mention on this list. Anyway, let’s begin shall we? Kicking off at Number 5 — The Worms, from
The Troop If you’ve ever heard of Nick Cutter–author
of 2014’s The Troop–you might be mistaken to know that he’s actually another author
named Craig Davidson–but nevertheless, under the nomme de plume Nick Cutter, over the past
few years, he’s churned out some incredibly refreshing entries into the catalogue of modern
horror literature. His first foray into that frightful world,
was with 2014’s The Troop–a genuinely disgusting tale about a group of boy scouts out in a
Canadian island that unwittingly find themselves in the death-grips of a bout of disgusting
biological warfare. Now, whilst I’ll try and keep spoilers to
a minimum–because, The Troop is definitely worthy of a read and it’s a genuinely gripping
novel–it’s going to be a little difficult when it comes to explaining the titular worms
of this Number 5 Point. I mean, if you’ve seen Part 2 of this list,
you’ll know that anything slug or worm based is pretty horrifying–but… dude. The Worms from the Troop are frickin’ disgusting. Written and directed by Nick Cutter, The Troop
tells the tale of a Scoutmaster and doctor, Tim Riggs–who takes his scout troop out to
a remote Canadian Island for a wilderness retreat, when unbeknownst to them–a strange,
thin man comes knocking on the cabin door–and he’s harboring a pretty disgusting secret. He’s hungry–so hungry, that anything he
eats does nothing to sate his ravenous hunger. And why’s that? Well, the Thin man is infested by a grotesque
host of parasitic worms–that writhe inside his stomach, seeking to infest their next
victim. I mean, if you guys have ever read the works
of Chuck Palahniuk–Nick Cutter often gets compared to him, and in terms of genuinely
visceral literary descriptions of a vile, ravenous biohazard worm infestation–it kind
of doesn’t get grosser than this. Also, the novel itself is just fantastically
written–and the ending, is something else entirely. It begins like your average run of the mill
viral pandemic horror–and just completely goes somewhere else entirely. It’s great. Swinging in at Number 4–The Gloamglozer,
from The Edge Chronicles I never thought I’d see the day, but I’m
actually enthralled at the fact that I’m putting a monster from The Edge Chronicles
on this list. Seriously, for anyone that had the absolute
pleasure of stumbling upon this series as a kid–you’ll know just how unique Paul
Stewart and Chris Riddell’s series were–and since their first novel, Beyond the Deepwoods,
released back in 1998–I’m not sure whether there’s been a series quite like it. That aside–in such a richly detailed world
of bizarre creatures and species–the most undeniably terrifying of them all, was The
Gloamglozer. Now, the extent of this might be a little
difficult to explain without context–but I’ll try anyway. For those of you that don’t know, The Edge
Chronicles is a series that spans several generations, that details a fantasy world
known as The Edge–a literal gigantic cliff edge, bordered by an impossibly deep forest,
where a whole host of species survive and thrive. One of the most barren and bleak areas, is
a place known as the Edgelands–a desolate and dangerous place that just so happens to
be the stomping grounds of The Gloamglozer, an ancient demon that had lingered long upon
the Edge, and who ultimately orchestrated the demise of countless of its victims. In many ways, The Gloamglozer is kind of similar
to the Babadook, in that he’s a manifestation of something–perhaps a convergence of emotion,
and for a children’s novel–the extent of the Gloamglozer’s perfectly crystallized
fear was pretty damn staggering. The thing was nightmare fuel. The Gloamglozer was a shapeshifter–that could
resemble any living creature, but its true form was a hideous creature with a warty,
sneering face–framed by two sinister horns–and cloaked in a pitch black, formless robe. It couldn’t harm anyone through physical
means–but instead had perfected it’s power of lies and persuasion to just —- lead people
to their deaths. Make them step off the edge–and then poof,
gone. That was it’s fuel–that was its purpose
to exist. Maybe it was Chris Riddell’s incredible
and richly detailed illustrations–but yeah, in a book of adventure and hope–The Gloamglozer
quickly put an end to all of that. Next up at Number 3–The Triffids, The Day
of the Triffids It’s probably been high time since John
Wyndham made his way to this list, but for the resolute amongst you–you knew it was
only a matter of time, didn’t you? Now, for fans of Top 5 Scary Videos–you’ll
know that we recently covered the awesomely underrated 2008 film, The Ruins–based upon
the novel of the same name by Scott Smith–which just so happens to feature and absolutely
terrifying species of ancient-sentient plants that have a habit of burrowing into human
flesh. Well, before that–John Wyndham beat science
fiction to the post–and he gave us The Triffids–and for those of you that are so inclined, you
may not look at a plant in the same way again. Nature, is scary–and so it should be. The incomprehensible power of an ecosystem
should be something that we never look at without an ounce of respect or fear–because
we pale in comparison to it. Well, Wyndham took that theme–and he literally
put it on two legs. Well, three legs, actually–and gave it the
sentient will to bring an end to all mankind. Also, not like we should casually just glean
over it–but John Wyndham’s 1951 novel is actually fantastic–and it stands out as one
of the most refreshing, yet utterly terrifying depictions of the end of the world. Written by John Wyndham and released back
in 1951–The Day of the Triffids tells the tale of a man named Bill, an expert on a bizarre
and new type of lifeform, the Triffids–a species of animal-like plants that feed on
rotting meat and can move freely after uprooting themselves. They posses a deadly poisonous sting–which,
features for some pretty hair-raising moments–and also seem to have the ability to communicate
with each other. Worryingly so–they do, and although at the
beginning of the novel, civilization treats the Triffids like a type of farm-animal, literally
farming them for their precious oil–unluckily for pretty much every human on the planet,
an unknown meteor shower just so happens to blind near enough every human on earth–and
suddenly, these Triffid farms quickly become the downfall of all of mankind. I won’t say any more–because The Day of
the Triffids is a must read for any fan of science fiction and horror–and the ending
to this novel in particular says much more about the horrors of mankind than it does
about anything else. Coming in at Number 2–Rawhead Rex, from Rawhead
Rex Alright guys, I know that we said in our previous
part 2 of this list that we’ll be featuring no Lovecraft, King or Barker–given the fact
that we already have many specific Top 5 lists for the former, and are planning a list for
the latter–we can just give a little bit of a snippet in this Part 3–and talk about
one of Barker’s most genuinely terrifying literary creations–Rawhead Rex. Now, if you’ve seen the 1986 cinematic version
of his short story, you’ll understand why Rex kind of gets a bit of a bum deal when
compared to other horrifying monstrosities–but if you take a look at the prose–and look
past the fact that essentially, this monster is a giant 9 foot phallus with teeth and a
ravenous maw–it is actually terrifying. Barker’s intention with this creature was
to encapsulate the primitive nature of mankind and give it a form–and given the fact that
we actually see the terrifying actions of this creature through it’s own eyes–it
says a hell of a lot about the human species. As the titular monster of the 1984 short story
of the same name, appearing in Clive Barker’s Books of Blood–Rawhead Rex is an ancient,
malevolent, carnivorous and bloodthirsty beast that terrorises the small English town of
Zeal for time forgotten. It is alluded to that Rawhead Rex–it’s
true name unknown–but often referred to as The King or Bloody Bones–was an ancient pagan
demigod known for devouring children by the bucketload and violating and impregnating
women–with it’s only fear being that of pregnant women–the literal antithesis to
it’s primal function. I know, Rawhead Rex sounds pretty tongue in
cheek from the off–and perhaps that’s why the 1986 movie pretty much missed the mark
entirely, but forget about that–because Barker’s actual prose is pretty damn terrifying–and
it’s almost like watching Jaws through the eyes of the great white shark. Yeah, stay tuned–and we’ll have a comprehensive
Barker list for you–but for now, Rawhead Rex will have to do. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–The
Chandrian, The Kingkiller Chronicles Okay. Alright, I recognise that this particular
series may be quickly becoming a Patrick Rothfuss fan-fare–and whatever, I’m cool with that–down
to the fact that so many of you have been receptive of the recommendation–because come
on guys, if you’re not reading The Name of the Wind and then The Wise Man’s Fear–and
then waiting for book three like the rest of us, I’m not sure what you’re doing
with your life, okay?! Alright–now that’s out of the way, we have
to talk about the literal definition of the fear of the unknown. A concept of horror that has a habit of being
frighteningly effective. Now–this might be a personal thing–but I’m
sure that many of you are on the same page as me, and I’m not entirely sure if there’s
ever been a vessel of horror that has been alluded to so minutely–with such lack of
information–that has been so impactful and nightmare inducing–as the potential terror
of the Chandrian. Again, I’ll try and do this without spoilers–because
seriously, read the Kingkiller Chronicles–but I’ve never believed that a group of potential
demons could truly be as evil as the Chandrian. And I say that with the prior knowledge that
we know next to nothing about them. And you know, I might be entirely wrong–because
the true extent of them is yet to be revealed–and if so, I’ll eat my words. For all we know, they might turn out to be
the good guys–but… well, put it this way. You see, Patrick Rothfuss, the author of the
Kingkiller Chronicles–seems to have an impeccable skill at demonstrating our basic human nature,
even in a world of fantasy. The series itself is the art of Storytelling–weaving
myths and legends through an oral tradition–or music–or art–but then, in that same fantasy
setting–we get a small sample of reality. Because here, monsters *do* exist–as is so
horrifying demonstrated at the opening of the series. Again, this really is difficult to do without
spoilers–but put it this way. According to legend, the Chandrian are the
most evil entities in the Four Corners of Civilization. They have fallen into myth and legend, by
their own design. There are seven of them. Cyphus. Stercus. Ferule. Usnea, Dalcenti. Alenta, and Alaxel. But they also have many other names–varying
from culture to culture–where the stories differ depending on who you ask. And, that’s all we know. Well, not entirely–but you should find out
for yourself. Trust me. Well, there we have it horror fans, our list
for the Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature–Part 3. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Let us know your thoughts down in the comment
section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video–if
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64 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature – Part 3

  1. We Know You Want To See Some Strange, Horror Movie Monsters. We Got You Covered – Top 5 Strangest Horror Movie Monsters

  2. Unfortunately, Patrick Rothfuss failed to provide a character I cared enough about to read through more than the first half of Name of the Wind. I like the guy himself, whenever I have seen him on vid or in person, I just don't dig his writing.

  3. As always another great top 5 !! I do want to thank Jack for one film recommendation, The Loved Ones was great. Australia does horror torture so well. Loved it, keep them coming Jack x

  4. When i was in hospital having my daughter, I was given Percocet. My dream that night was the most real of my life. I was in underground tunnels and creatures , I can only describe as Morlocks, were chasing me. One caught me by my wrists as I woke up screaming. I sat up and could still feel those cold, greasy hands around my wrists. Every time I tried to dose back off I'd feel them again. It was a while before I slept again. Percocet is whacky.

  5. Top 5 best Protagonists in Lovecraftian Stories? We always cover the scariest of entities such as Jack but we never honor those who are subjected to the vast and endless madness that HP delivers.

  6. Ah man!!!! Monsters of literature and you still have not mentioned DUNE!!!!! Jackie Boy!!! Its a classic killer read and you keep forgetting DUNE!!! Take your pick which monster!!!

  7. Okay, here's a few suggestions for you (since I can't find any PM options):
    Top 5…
    1. Scariest 1970s Made for TV Movies
    2. Scariest Classic Japanese non-kaiju movies
    3. Scariest Classic Mexican Horror Movies (there's really many)
    4. Scariest Independent Horror Movies (non-studio productions)
    5. Scariest Classic Film Noir movies ( yeah, some are SCARY even if not horror)
    6. Scariest Silent Movies

    7. Scariest Movies that never got made (just pre-production or scripted)
    8. Scariest direct-to-video Movies (like released on videotape or DVD only)
    9. Scariest No-Gore Horror movies
    10. (back to #1 in a way) Scariest 1980s Made for TV Movies

    Yeah, I gave you 10, not 5, but let's just split them into parts 1 & 2? Also one more suggesstion, a little less talking head and more clips.

  8. The Troop is amazing! The monsters from little heaven and the Deep by Nick Cutter are amazing too . You guys are great love the channel !

  9. as always fun list, looking forward to the barker list, please tell me if nightbreed/cabal is on the list .It what got me into Barker's work

  10. The worms of the earth in Robert E. Howard's Worms of the Earth. Howard is to Lovecraft what Lewis is to Tolkien. Give the man some love on Top 5!

  11. You should not have mentioned them by name Jack.
    Better watch for those blue flames 🔥
    When the hearthfire turns to blue, what do you do? what do you do?
    Run outside, run and hide
    See a woman pale as snow?
    Silent come and silent go
    What's their plan? Chandrian
    See a man without a face? Move like ghosts from place to place
    What's their plan? Chandrian

  12. I know it's not a horror story, but I have always liked the Steel Inquisitors from Mistborn. Seeing one in person would be terrifying.

  13. With Rawhead Rex, I reread the story and he wouldn't touch a menstruating woman either. The prose was beautifully horrific, but it got me thinking that all I, as a woman, needed to do was to throw used sanitary products at it. Slightly lowered the scare factor with that image after….

  14. I'm surprised you went with the chandrian and not the cthaeh. I am more scared of a creature trapped in a tree and what it can and has done to any it comes into contact with. I mean the fear of the absolute known cam be terrifying!

  15. One of the scariest and most horrifying moments in literature I ever read was the description of the "VR Plague" from "The Unincorporated Man" by Danni and Eytan Kollin. I haven't had a cigarette in years, but after reading that part of the book, I thought I could use one.

  16. Ever thought of doing a top 5 scariest dieties from literature? There are quite a list to choose from… Lolth, Arioch, Shar, etc.

  17. You and amazing top 10 channel…ah guys u talk too fast..when i close my eyes and hear sounds like brla brla(breath) brla brla (heavu breathing) and again same..few more episodes like that and I'm out..

  18. When I heared "Kingkiller Chronicles" and "fear of the unknown" I thought "YESSS, good choice". But then you chose the Chandrian as your example. Really?
    After I read through the books, I gave view thoughts on the Chandrian.
    The Cthaeh on the other hand haunted me. I discussed it with other people. The very concept of it is scary as hell and it was masterfully executed.
    The Chandrian still seem to me like generic mysterious adversaries.

  19. My jaw dropped when he mentioned the edge chronicals IV litteraly never encountered enyone else who had even heard of the series

  20. I love your videos, but I don't think this one really works – without spoilers we have no idea why the subjects are scary.

  21. No joke people, go read the kingkiller chronicles, they are too good, absolutely amazing, the language, the mystery, the power, imagination, just read them, you won't regret it.

  22. Jack, your knowledge of horror literature is nothing less than astonishing! If you could just pronounce the titles of the more obscure of these masterpieces a wee bit slower, that would be awesome. Thanks, mate!

  23. The Day of the triffids scared the living daylights out me as a kid . In fact still does .Hate tall plants and refuse to do gardening . 😱 I should say I'm 42 years old.😂

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