One of the qualities of MONSTERS is size. Giants are BIG and the word monster — as in monster storm, monster party, monster problem — is synonymous with huge.
But there are tiny monsters.
Swarms of bees, colonies of fire ants, a sofa on the street filled with bedbugs (yeeeech!)… Marching hordes of anything — however tiny — is a terribly monstrous idea. Although one little bee is easy to ignore, (not only is it easy, it’s smart) when they act in concert they are very, very scary.
After hearing a few bedbug reports, I’m doing my best not to become completely phobic. I’ve also been wondering about the hive mentality, the collective consciousness that enables the minions to act as one, subjugating their individual motives to the common mandate. Doesn’t that sound like Zombies? It’s also a little like the Borg of Star Trek fame.
I’ve been playing around with a few ideas, exploring the wee end of the monster scale. Do you have any thoughts tiny beasts that go scurrying through the night?