Hello, everybody! In the lead up to release day of In the Shadow of Extinction on August 14, I thought it’d be cool to give a little sneak peek at the kaiju that appear in the novel and reveal some of the awesome art that will appear within the pages.
Let’s start things off with the cover art kaiju, seen here drawn by Wafalo.
This big guy is named the Tyrant. It’s the ‘hero’ kaiju of the novel in the eyes of some, but its unrivaled ability to lay waste to cities makes it just as much a threat to modern civilization as the more vicious kaiju.
Unlike a lot of kaiju cinema/fiction, where a monster is often the sole representative of its kind, I decided to go the route of representing the kaiju as different species. As such, there are many of each type of kaiju. But that doesn’t apply to the Tyrant. It is the last of its kind, a solitary monster driven by hunger and a raging temper.
The Tyrant is the ultimate giant predator, but its kaiju adversaries are dangerous in large numbers. As such, it needed to evolve for defense as well as offense, and has a back covered with sharp spines (including shoulder spikes which were influenced by the Kentrosaurus).
Here is another look at the Tyrant, this one drawn by Gabe-TKE. This art will appear within the novel.
It would be silly to suggest that the Tyrant is not influenced to some degree by Godzilla – few giant monster reptilians aren’t inspired by Godzilla in one way or another. But I go to great lengths to set the two monsters apart. Really, the Tyrant is just as much inspired by the Tyrannosaurus Rex, if we’re being honest (it’s right there in the name!). The Tyrant has no long range, fire breathing attacks either and is not meant as an allegory for the nuclear bomb. I don't want to explain my reasoning behind the intended 'symbolism' of the kaiju too much pre-release but I tend to think these kaiju represent war and occupation following war.
The best option for humanity to survive the Tyrant is to simply get out of its way. But man isn’t very good at sharing the planet, so will they recognize an unwinnable fight when they see it? Or will they doom the world in a futile attempt to force the Tyrant back into its hole? You’ll have to read the book to find out! #BUYMYBOOK
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