In order to create a paranormal novel, the paranormal aspect must be central to the plot, without it the entire plot would unravel. Take the wizard out of Harry Potter and you get a boy sent to boarding school. As I understand it, the paranormal aspect is simply something that is super-normal–something that seems normal on the outside, but has extra features so to speak, like magic, or super-human strength.
What better way to create something paranormal that is central to the plot than a paranormal character? Vampire? Werewolf? Abomination? Wizard? You bet. Many novels, and movies, have these types of characters, without which the plot becomes meaningless.
So today’s challenge was to create a paranormal creature. I have already created several of these for my novel. While I have no intention of revealing the main creature on which the novel rests, I will share a different creature that also plays a role, minor though it may be.
Creating a creature/character is much like creating a paranormal object. The creature must have strengths that pushes it beyond the human and normal. But it must also have weaknesses. Does the creature have superpowers? Which ones and how are they used? What does it look like?Does this power weaken it? Can it be killed? How? Does it have natural enemies?
One type of creature that makes insinuates itself in my novel is the demon. There is one specific character that starts the action, so a bit more integral than I was originally thinking.
Demons are shape-changers. They have a human shape and their natural shape. Much like superman, they are stronger, faster, and hardier than normal humans. Their senses are also sharper than the average human. Some are more powerful than others, and their powers come from different sources. They cannot be born, but are created by absolute corruption.
While in human form, they can look like anyone, that is how they go about their business of corruption. In their natural shape they have a thick brown hide, often resembling predatory animals, and exhibit animalistic behavior (for example, those resembling wolves will travel in packs, many fight each other for the kill).
They are denser, and bloodless, so traditional weapons don’t harm them. They can be dissolved in acid. Their natural enemy is the angel, of course. And their biggest weakness is that the majority are unable to act of their own will. Those with free will are far more deadly than those without.They are, however, killing machines. In addition to being faster, stronger, and hardier, they are thrown in fighting dens to weed out the weak.
I thought of the scariest things I could, and tried to make it scarier. I certainly hope I succeeded. What do you think?