Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature – Part 4


Here be monsters! Wait. I’m pretty sure that I’ve used that introductory
slogan before–but still, you know how the old saying goes. If it ain’t broke–don’t fix it. And do you know what certainly doesn’t need
fixing? The trajectory that this current list series
is taking–because holy moly, I love nothing more that traversing the plains of fantasy,
sci-fi and horror literature–and picking a fight with some of the most terrifying monsters
that have ever been inked on the page. Now, whilst we’ve covered some pretty downright
horrifying creations so far–I’ve been saving a few entries on this list for something special. So, choose your weapon–and let’s get adventuring. 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
4. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from the fantastic 2017 horror–The Ritual–and yeah, whilst that may be spoilers, it certainly
depicts one of the most terrifying monsters in mythological literature–the Jotun of Norse
Legend–and really, if you’ve got the bollocks to square up to a Jotun with just an axe in
your hand–you’ve earnt my eternal respect, and you’ve probably learnt a lesson or two
on the way. Either or–it’s a pretty apt setting for
this list, so without further delay–let’s take a look. Kicking off at Number 5 – The Brain Bug, Starship
Troopers The only good bug is a dead bug–and whilst
we’re certainly including the literary merit of this particular grubbity bug of pure horror–it
is also worth noting that the cinematic depiction of this creature is also reason why it’s
making its way onto our list. Because it’s far, far better–and the 1997
movie is just downright awesome. You see, the thing is, the novel in question
here–1959’s Starship Troopers–is a pretty crappy read. It’s mainly droll in parts–and it’s overwhelmingly
sensationalist–and that’s even without discussing the connotations of fascism throughout–but
*still*–the point is, it delivered to us one of the vilest and most skin-crawling concepts
in speculative science fiction. The Brain Bug, which you may or may not be
familiar with–hopefully not a cerebral level. For those of you that don’t know, Robert
Heinlein’s 1969 novel depicts a future society, known as the Terran Federation–who are locked
in an ongoing interstellar war between a race of Pseudo-Arachnids–or BUGS–a spider like
extraterrestrial race of highly intelligent aliens that won’t nothing more than to eat
the universe whole. Now, whilst this Arachnid species has a highly
complex caste system–workers, warriors, queens–chariot bugs, giant artillery bombardiers–the most
powerful, most influential and also most downright disgusting of them all–is The Brain Bug. And again, the vast crux of these creatures
is down to what we *don’t* know about them. But I mean, just imagine seeing one of these
things. You see, Brain Bugs depend entirely upon their
workers and warriors to survive. They’re giant, bulbous, amorphous blobs
of nerve tissue–on tiny little barely functional legs, propped up by a vile, bloated body. Yeah–the fact that if any one of these bizarre
creatures are destroyed, it pretty much ceases the Arachnids operations–still, the fact
that they even exist in the novel is unnerving enough. No thank you. Swinging in at Number 4–The Corelings, The
Demon Cycle And I for one–am so damn happy that we can
finally talk about this series–and whilst I still haven’t gotten around to reading
the 5th book in this series, The Core–believe me, these things are terrifying enough to
make our list. They’re also awesome! And also–the fact that they only make it
to the fourth spot on this list is pretty telling–because we’ve really got some doozies
here. Well Jack, spit it out man–what the hell
are you talking about? The Demon Cycle–Peter V. Brett’s incredibly
entertaining if not slightly cliche fantasy series. You see, I say that with love–because what
Brett captures in this series evokes that same feeling of *classic* fantasy–Golden
Axe fantasy, no nonsense–a hero, and a whole host of demons. Let me explain. In Brett’s First Novel–The Painted Man–it
tells the tale of a world known as Thesa, a place under constant threat of The Corelings–a
hive of demonic creatures that emerge from the bowels of the Earth every night to reap
chaos and devour anything in their path. The thing is though–the only defense against
these creatures–are wards–magical ancient runes that can be drawn, painted or inscribed
on objects to form protective barriers around human settlements. And because of that, for time untold–the
survivors of this plagued planet have lived in eternal fear behind their painted walls. Now, that’s all you really need to know–because
please read this series if you haven’t–but The Corelings involved throughout the series
quickly evolve until something else entirely. You see, although varied in type–from wood
demons, to sand demons–to fire demons and water demons–this series takes a terrifying
and equally brilliant turn when the more advanced creatures of the Core begin to emerge. I’ll say nothing–but if you’ve ever wondered
what a demonic, insectoid hive of Hell would look like–just read The Demon Cycle, because
these things are certainly not the demons that we think we know. Also, allegedly their making a cinematic version
of this series–so… fingers crossed! Next up at Number 3–The Steel Inquisitors,
Mistborn Now, listen guys–I’m not going to even
attempt to articulate the inner workings of Brandon Sanderson’s remarkable fantasy series,
Mistborn–other than skirt around the edges to give you an idea as to how utterly bleak
and bizarre the Steel Inquisitors of legend actually are, whenever they rear their terrifying
heads throughout the series that is. You see, I saw this suggestion quite a few
times for our previous lists–and I thought long and hard about them fitting under the
parameters of *most terrifying*–but on reflection, these guys are pretty much Pinhead in a fantasy
series–so yeah, maybe that will give you an inkling as to what we’re getting at. Now, whilst the Mistborn series, both the
original trilogy and the second era–are literally an unrivaled demonstration in world-building–the
gist of it depicts a planet named Scadrial, a place devoid of life and colour, under the
tyrannical, vice-like group of the evil Lord Ruler. You see, the Lord Ruler has reigned over the
planet for a thousand years as an immortal tyrant god–thanks to his mastery of a magical
discipline known as Allomancy–the supernatural ability to essentially harness the properties
of all metal. To enact his tyrannical will though, the Lord
Ruler created 16 horrifying constructs to embody his metallic dictatorship–The Steel
Inquisitors, creations that were once human and powerful Allomancers, who’s eyes have
been carved out and replaced with large steel spikes. You see where I’m aiming with the Pinhead
thing? The thing is though, each Steel Inquisitor
has eleven spikes in all–two through the eye sockets, one in the middle of the spine–and
eight, one for each known Allomantic Power–installed in their torso. You see, whilst this sounds terrible and painful
for the Steel Inquisitors–it’s not just for them, because through the power of Allomancy–each
spike is inserted by sacrificing the life of a Misting–hammering metals through their
hearts just to create these abominations of magic. Coming in at Number 2–The Skaven, Warhammer Uhhhhh. The Skaven. Now, we’re really plumbing the depths–and
I’m pretty certain we should turn back, because this particular Under-Empire is…well,
it’s pretty damn nasty. Now, I’ve seen a lot of you guys calling
for some of the terrifying creations that linger in the Grim Darkness of the extended
Warhammer 40K Universe–but, I’m pretty certain we don’t need to plunder the depths
of the far future to look for horror–because plain old regular Warhammer already harbors
perhaps the most vile, disgusting empire of filth, plague and pestilence in any fantasy
setting ever. You see, I remember back in the day as a wee
lad picking up an issue of White Dwarf that had fully fleshed out The Skaven on it’s
front cover–and thinking, of course–how do you create the most disgusting swarm race
in fantasy? You make them all gross anthropomorphic rats. Uh. Why did it have to be rats? You see, for those of you that don’t know–the
Skaven–otherwise known as the Ratmen, the Ratkin or in more formal terms–the Children
of the Horned Rat–are perhaps the most malevolent and pure evil race in the whole of Warhammer
Fantasy. It is not exactly known when and where the
Skaven first occurred–and it’s still up for debate as to whether they descended from
a strange offshoot of mankind–or if they were evolved from a corrupted and mutated
version of the regular old rat. Either way, I dread to think. One thing is certain though, out of all the
violent and power-hungry empires in the known world–orcs and goblins included–none of
them can compare to the pure relentless pursuit of destruction and power than that of the
Skaven. You see, their unwavering belief stems from
the promises made by their horrific and twisted deity–the Horned Rat–the Harbinger of Corruption
and Disease–who promised his vile rat children that one day, in the Great Ascendancy–they
will rise up from the underbelly of the world and consume it entirely–living eternally
as one giant, rat planet. No. Thank you. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot–The
Dark One, The Wheel Of Time I for one am quite surprised that we’ve
made it this far without mentioning Robert Jordan’s legendary fantasy series, The Wheel
Of Time–but hey, when time is of a cyclical nature–I guess that there’s no time like
the present. Yeah, sorry about that guys–you see, the
thing is–Robert Jordan’s incredible series covers such a monolithic scope that it’s
almost impossible not to feature a terrifying monster of literature somewhere between it’s
many ages of civilization–but perhaps we can go one better here. Because condense down all of the terrifying
monsters in literature ever created–and you have the very essence of them all–exactly
what we have here. The Dark One. The Shay-ih-Tan–the primordial, sapient,
cosmic force of evil incarnate that has lingered in the universe since time forgotten. You see, it’s difficult to describe such
an overwhelming force–but perhaps that will give you an idea as to the impetus of why
The Dark One *has* to take the top spot in our list. I mean–it is kind of cheating–but still,
whichever name it goes by, Evil is still Evil. You see, the series itself covers incredibly
large and weighted themes–mainly being the origin of creation, and you know… the meaning
of life? But, the thing is–here’s the rub, and here’s
where things will get a little bit closer to the bone. You see, throughout the events of the series–it
dawns on several characters that the havoc and utter chaos that the Dark One was able
to wreak on the world was ultimately–all facilitated, enabled and carried out…. By human beings. Yes. The Dark One is indeed the cosmic embodiment
of all of these things–but ultimately–the consequences of humanity’s collective suffering
is always entirely down to the decisions of individual humans. Woah. Well, thanks Mr. Jordan–or should I say Mr.
Rigney Jr! You see, The Dark One is indeed the embodiment
of evil–and it’s entire goal is to break free from it’s cosmic prison and remake
creation in his own image–but it’s the vessel of we humans that it is bound to enact
that nefarious will. And it’s in our choices–that givesThe Dark
One that opportunity. The Wheel of Time guys, it’s more than just
fantasy. Well, there we have it folks–our list for
the Top 5 Most Terrifying Monsters In Literature–Part 4. What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Then let us know your thoughts down in the
comment section below, as well as any choice picks of your own–and who the hell knows,
maybe we can even take a stab at Part Five. First up, Dean Krol says– Errrmm, am I missing something, Jack? Joe Cornish went on to directed Ant Man and
Star Wars? I think Peyton Reed and J.J Abrams might have
something to say about that one. — Dean. My bad dude–I’ll hold my hands up. I meant to script–went on to be involved
with–but I guess I’m so used to talking about directors the muscle memory in my fingers
typed directed. I apologise for the misinformation. I’m sorry. And finally–stugod5000 says– Jack, love the list. Just curious, have you read any of the works
of Brom–Child Thief, The Devil’s Rose etc)–really interesting horror fantasy and retelling with
beautiful imagery. –And hello Stugod5000, thank you very much. And also, double thank you–because I haven’t
read them, or even heard of them–but consider me intrigued, I’ll take a look. Cheers for the recommendation. Well, on that note–that’s unfortunately
all we’ve got time for in todays video, cheers for sticking around all the way until
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