We’re now a week away from the release of In the Shadow of Extinction: A Kaiju Epic. So, today I thought it would be cool to show you another one of the novel’s monsters and present the first chapter in which it appears.
Meet the Ikarah. Art by S. Taylor.
The Ikarah are an aquatic kaiju, inspired by paintings of the sea monsters that sailors used to think ruled the high seas. ‘Here there be monsters,’ absolutely goddamn right. Their body is like that of a giant eel. Their head is a mess of seemingly countless tentacles which blaze a glowing red in the ocean’s depths. They are not the largest kaiju of the novel but there are so many of them that they manage to make all oceanic travel a dangerous enterprise.
S. Taylor’s art doesn’t depict a scene that’s in the book but we thought it was a cool way to show the monster’s menace and size. Kinda Lovecraftian, kinda Discovery Channel special gone wrong. I dig it and hope you do, too.
As promised, here’s the chapter which introduces the Ikarah. It’s a chapter that comes about 60 pages into the novel as the monsters are slowly stepping out into our world.
I hope you enjoy! And don’t forget to pre-order!
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