Long before J.K. Rowling wrote about a Griffin and kids became addicted to World of Warcraft, long before the Cretans worshipped their Minotaur and the Egyptians their part animal-part human gods, the world's earliest artists were drawing fantastic hybrid beings. The oldest surviving example of this genre is an androgynous feline-headed statuette from Germany, thought to be 32,000 years old. The mythical beings can be found in every period of human history and in almost every country.
Despite the continuous denials by scientists, debunkers and priests, monsters are getting more and more present and one can find them almost in every surrounding as a toy or decoration item, in a book or a movie. Their popularity today, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, Star Trek and countless alien movies is testament to the profound effect they have on our psyche, our view of who we are and our place in the universe.
Since 1998, Montrous.com seeks to investigate and explore the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the project has a dual focus with the intention of examining specific categories of monsters as well as assessing the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as 'monstrous'. The history and contemporary cultural influences of monsters and monstrous metaphors are also be examined. We base our analysis and work on historical archives, documents, active field research and testimonies rather than “word of mouth” stories.
Monstrous.com is solely dedicated to the recognition of monsters in our culture and society and the necessary awareness that mythology and history are driving forces in the global shaping of the “third millenary man”.
We are against the democratization of monsters as characters of trendy novels and fright movies that forget the true value of monsters and focus on their less significative features. On the contrary, we believe that monsters are an essential but invisible part of our world. Monstrous.com wants to be a medium between monsters and advanced humanity.