Friday, 7 July 2017

A fantastic Robyn Silver themed guest post from lovely Paula Harrison, author of this awesome new Middle Grade series.

We have a fantastic guest post today from Paula Harrison, whose new "Robyn Silver" Middle Grade series is currently spooking our socks off!

Paula couldn't wait to talk about the most terrifying and entertaining monsters in "Robyn Silver: The Darkest Dream" so take it away Paula...!

Robyn Silver was born on the stroke of midnight and that means she can see monsters that are invisible to others. Inventing the monsters was one of my favourite parts of writing this second book. I wanted to keep some of the best beasties from book one whilst adding new ones. I’m so glad that readers get to see them illustrated in Dave Kurtz William’s Chime Monster Compendium at the back of the book. 

The Mimicus - Illustrations © Renée Kurilla

Most Ridiculous Monster
The prize for the most ridiculous monster goes to the mimicus – a creature resembling a huge misshapen jelly. Eyes on stalks can pop out from anywhere on its blob-like body and it has no legs so it simply slides along the ground. It can copy any voice it hears which is how it was given its name. 

The Trofflegurt - Illustrations © Renée Kurilla

Most Useful Monster
The least aggressive monster in the book is the trofflegurt - a small, stubby creature covered in grey hair that burbles to itself in a sing-song voice. A genius with technology, this monster has invented gadgets such as the ultrasonic blades which are used by more wealthy monster-hunters.

The Mara - Illustrations © Renée Kurilla

Most Terrifying Monster
The Mara is a monster that will literally give you nightmares. At a distance you might mistake it for a man, but it has ghost-white skin, a mouth full of shark-like teeth and blank eyes. The Mara has intelligence and ambition beyond the scope of most monsters and that’s what makes it so dangerous.

Don't forget to keep a keen eye out for these critters! "Robyn Silver: The Darkest Dream" by Paula Harrison with illustrations by Renée Kurilla is out now, published by Scholastic