Giant Monster Horror

What is Giant Monster Horror?

Horror books that feature giant monsters, usually acting as antagonists.

Giant Monsters can come in many forms. To qualify as a Giant Monster, the subject has to be large and hostile. Giant Monsters can be insects, humans, apes, spiders, dinosaurs, etc. They can also be mythological creatures or a monster made of earthly or extraterrestrial elements such as water, sand, or mud. Even more bizarre figures like a creature made of assorted deli meats or a human's intimate parts can be considered a Giant Monster.

The monsters are almost always the antagonist. They are often 'other' and come from some mysterious source -- from radiation mutations, from science experiments gone wrong, from space, from another dimension, from deep in the sea, from some lost continent or world, etc.

A novel in this subgenre can feature one or multiple monsters that work together to wreak havoc or fight against each other.

Giant Monster Horror is a perennially popular horror film genre -- Godzilla, War of the Worlds, Aliens, the movie Monsters, CLoverfield, and the recent Pacific Rim movie for example.


Characteristics of Giant Monster Horror

Level of Characterization
Low-Moderate. Herd mentality is often examined in these stories.

Level of Plot Complexity
Moderate. The monsters usually originate from a government experiment, from extraterrestrial beings, an alternate universe, etc.

Level of Supernatural
High. Not the usual Supernatural creatures like Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires, but Supernatural villains none the less.

Level of Scary
Moderate-High. High body count, mass destruction, desperate characters fighting for survival.  

Level of Violence
High. Not extremely graphic.

Typical Setting
Urban areas.

Related Fantasy Sub-Genres

May share similar themes with the Apocalyptic Horror subgenre -- some creatures in Apocalyptic horror might be Giant Monsters of sorts (aliens, mutated creatures, etc).


Cthulhu Mythos also involves Giant Monsters.


Giant Monsters can often feature in Science Fiction Horror.

Giant Monster Horror Isn’t For You If You Dislike

Stories about violent kids or teenagers. Stories where kids or teenagers are victims to brutal murders.


    1. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton. A theme-park full of dinosaurs is about to open but things go terribly wrong.

    2. Jaws, Peter Benchley. Aboard the Orca, Chief Brody, Matt Hooper, and Quint search for a legendary shark.

    3. Clickers, J.F. Gonzalez. They are the Clickers, giant venomous blood-thirsty crabs from the depths of the sea. The only warning to their rampage of dismemberment and death is the terrible clicking of their claws.

    4. The Mist, Stephen King. A mist rolls into a small town, bringing unearthly sounds and movements with it.

    5. John Dies at the End, David Wong. A drug called Soy Sauce gives users a window into another dimension.

    6. The Book of Cthulu and Other Weird Stories, H.P. Lovecraft. A collection of stories by H.P. Lovecraft.

    7. The Skinner, Neal Asher. Includes killer fish, killer aliens, killer hornets, killer decapitated heads, killer AIs, killer crustaceans and many more killer objects.

    8. Dune, Frank Herbert. Paul Atreides and his family accept control of the planet Arrakis, the only source of the most important and valuable substance in the universe.

    9. Giant Monster, Steve Niles. Astronaut Don Maggert's first space flight swallows him alive in the grip of an intergalactic horror, transforming him into something that throws the entire planet into peril Featuring oversized Kaiju action and giant monster throw-downs.  

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