The paranormal or supernatural or unexplained: It resides within our own psyches because our fears and wonders are ancient, because we need monsters to give shape, sound, and scent to our dark interiority, to the jungle we were born in epochs ago, the jungle that is still with us. We are indeed a monstrous tribe — look at what we did to one another at Antietam, at the Somme; look at the horrors we continue to inflict upon the animals, the earth — but we are monsterful, too, when the time is right. Our myths and religions are the stories we tell ourselves in order to live; our language is the fire we filched from the gods.
William Giraldi, author of the incredible new novel Busy Monsters. Read the rest of the essay he wrote for Powells.com about the little monsters in us all.