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Artist Nathan Anderson’s “Bestiary Alphabetum” makes learning your ABCs easy because it’s hard to forget the terrors that might be lurking under the bed at night.

Even if you know your ABCs, this art is a lesson in imaginary beasts, from the well known to the obscure.

Anderson is considering printing a small run of books based on this series and I sincerely hope that he makes it happen.

See more pictures after the break.

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The next season of Doctor Who will have a new monster for The Doctor and Clara to defeat. It’s called Block 3 and he looks a lot like a BioShock’s Big Daddy. You can’t really tell from the teaser above, but you can check out a pick of the beast in the daylight after the break.

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Some folks might look at monsters and think that they’re all about destruction, but that’s not true. All monsters, from the old-school kraken to the radioactive Godzilla, are just misunderstood.

Artist Teo Zirinis understands that all monsters need some love, and his latest art series, “Monster Issues”, showcases just how vulnerable monsters can be.

Check out some more examples after the break…

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The signs of the Zodiac have been represented differently throughout the ages, but I’m pretty sure these are the most monstrous takes that we’ve seen.

Artist Damien Hellabrand definitely thought outside the box and came up something pretty amazing. In fact, I would love to see these as action figures (or a Guillermo Del Toro movie). It reminds me of the McFarlane Monsters series in a very good way.

As a Libra, I think he caught my essence perfectly.

Check them out after the break.

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We are getting a live-action Goosebumps movie and it has a weird plot along with some terrifying monsters. The film stars Jack Black as author, R.L. Stine, whose books were actually serving as prisons for the monsters. The original synopsis reads:

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

See more monsters after the break (including a super creepy ventriloquist dummy).

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When they’re not wishing on stars or chasing after silly princes, Disney princesses can actually be frightening little monsters. This series by Jennifer, a.k.a. NoFlutter on DeviantArt, turns the characters into vampires, zombies, and more. The art definitely has a Tim Burton vibe, and I hope cosplayers tackle real life versions of these designs.

See more adorable-scary drawings after the break.

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These Ikea-style instructions for building monsters are the work of artist Ed Harrington. Everyone from Edward Scissorhands to Jason Voorhees to the Human Centipede gets a pictorial breakdown, including warnings of what not to do with your newly assembled monster.

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Yes, that’s an AT-AT walking through a beautiful landscape painting. It’s a part of The Ancient Kaiju Project by German artist Oliver Wetter. He’s inserted all sorts of monsters into classic Hudson River School paintings as a way of improving his ability to replicate the styles. He’s done an incredible job, with the creatures looking like they were always a part of the art.

See more pictures and videos of the process after the break.

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What if lovable cartoon characters like Ariel and Dora the Explorer transformed and became absolute badasses? Well, for one thing, it would be awesome. We’ve seen some of DeviantArt user Tohad’s “Badass” series before when he added some blood and gore to characters like Barbie, and he’s since continued the series to include new and once precious subjects. Though the Ariel-anglerfish monster pictured above is my favorite, I also love his takes on Dora and the Powerpuff Girls!

Check out more of the cute/creepy series after the break.

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The latest Disney animated feature to get the Pop! vinyl treatment is Wreck It Ralph. You’ll be able to get Ralph, Felix, King Candy, and Turbo. They’re also releasing two Minis two-packs. There will be The Little Mermaid with Ariel and Ursula and Monsters, Inc. with Mike and Sulley. All the figures can be preordered in our Nerd Approved Shop for delivery in November.

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