True Blood is one of our staples here at TheTorchonline.com — a true blend of mystery and fantasy, with a dash of softcore erotica and a heaping helping of horror.
While its main fantastical component is the existence of vampires, other creatures have reared their magical heads, particularly shapeshifters, werewolves, and even a Maenad. (They had a fake-out of a Minotaur, but it was just the Maenad in disguise. Oh, well.)
All these phantasmagorical beings got me thinking about what other creatures could invade the not-so-sleepy town of Bon Temps. Sure, the show is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but they’ve been known to deviate, and it would be really cool, given the nature of True Blood’s awesome production values and special effects, to see some of these beings onscreen.
Incubi and Succubi
On a libidinous show such as True Blood, Incubi and Succubi would fit right in. They are the male and female forms of a type of demon that preys upon humans by laying on top of them while they sleep. According to some sources, they then invade the sleeper’s mind in the form of erotic dreams, while in other versions they actually have sex with their victim in real life.
Either way, this results in draining the victim of their energy and eventually killing them. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see how Sookie Stackhouse, a telepath, might be able to fight off a psychic attack by an Incubus?
In Irish mythology, banshees were female beings that served as omens of death, and are known for their piercing screams. With a little tweaking of the story, the writers could turn the banshees into some serious enemies, possibly pushing people to their deaths with their screams. It sure would be cool to see how the vamps of Louisiana deal with such a threat. Also, Lafayette should definitely tell a banshee, “Hooker, please.” That would be great television.
Mermaids and Mermen
One of the most well-known and recognized fantastical citizens of the sea, merfolk would make an interesting angle on the show, seeing as how they show a lot of skin and can commune with sea animals. While the characters on True Blood don’t spend a lot of time on the coast, it would be pretty awesome if Eric had to go head-to-head with a pissed-off merman.
Maybe the approach they could take is that merfolk are just another form of shifters, like in the movie Splash, and whenever they get wet their more scaly side rears its fins. Who knows? Maybe Arlene has got a real fishy secret.
In Greek mythology, the gorgons were hideously ugly female monsters with snakes for hair. Their most famous member, Medusa, even had the power to turn people to stone with one look. Sure, we might have had an overload of Medusa recently, what with her appearances in both Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. But if anybody could give her a fresh spin, it’s Alan Ball, and I’d personally love to see bitchy vamp Pam face off against one of these beasts.
Of all the cryptids out there, I think chupacabras are my favorite, because, well, they’re tiny. Sure, they’ll suck the guts out of your livestock and ruin your crops, but come on, they”re so adorable. Just look at this guy.
Standing about 3 feet tall, these alien-esque little critters began to catch fame in Puerto Rico before moving to other parts of the world.
There’s a few theories on what these diminutive demons look like, but the prevailing one sort of looks like a prehistoric version of the Gremlins, once they’ve been fed after midnight. Oh, and if they were fed mescaline.
Wouldn’t it be a hoot to see sullen vampire Bill Compton having to shake a few chupacabras off of his boot while he goes off on some mission to save his true love, Sookie?
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