I don't write horror and I usually only read it when my friends write it. But in my epic fantasy series, The Futhark Chronicles, there are some horrific creatures the people of Futhark must battle. In The Keepers of Sulbreth, the magically gifted Keepers are women dedicating their lives to protecting ordinary people from demons. The Marshals are the swordsmen who help the Keepers in their duties.
I enjoy creating the monsters plaguing Futhark. I often doodle and design them during boring inservices and faculty meetings at work. Not that I'm an artist, but putting a picture with my ideas inspires more ideas.
Childhood fears and those instinctual fears humans are born with also inspire my demonic creations. One of the horrible demons introduced in Keepers is a giant snake. Another is a poisonous rat-like creature that hunts in packs. Who isn't creeped out by rats and snakes? I also gave one of my demons wings with jaws and claws, kind of like a velociraptor that can fly and of course travels in flocks. Then there in one of my favorite, a huge, heavy beast with the personality, body armor and horns of a rhinoceros. Then I get to name them.
Some new demon beasts are discovered in the second book in my series, Beyond the Gate, and the Keepers and Marshals have their hands full saving the people from these powerful, fantastical fell beasts.
What kind of creature might your nightmares create? What animal in real life gives you shivers up the spine? Spiders? Snakes? Rats?