Understanding Misunderstood Monsters

Posted by Jadzia Axelrod

Have you been attending Frankenstein’s Support Group for Misunderstood Monsters? If not, there's no better time to join. The group meets right here every other Thursday…and here's a guide to some of the monstrous misfits who you'll see sitting next to you.



Once a creation of a mad scientist in the late 1700s, Frankenstein has adopted his creator’s surname and has taken control of his life. A student of the human mind since his re-birth, Frankenstein devoted his life to psychiatry, studying under Sigmond Freud, and later, Carl Jung. While these collaborations were fruitful, it became apparent to Frankenstein that both men “had issues,” and he'd need to develop his own theories. Immigrating to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, Frankenstein worked hard to define himself apart from his monstrous nature. Only in recent years has Frankenstein re-embraced his monster identity, finding pride in where there had previously been only shame. He started the support group in the hopes of instilling that pride in others, allowing these misunderstood monsters to finally understand themselves.




Baba Yaga

An immortal witch from Eastern Europe, Baba Yaga has lived quite comfortably in America for some time, tending to her garden of cursed vegetables and tending to the flaming skull spirits that swarm about her chicken-leg house. The most pragmatic of all monsters, Baba Yaga understands that the old days are never coming back, and pretending that they will never helped anyone. To that end, Baba Yaga has taken the newly monstered Ginger under her wing, to lead her through the trials and tribulations of being a modern monster.





Ginger (her given name is “Gr-grrr,” but she’s accepted this human variation) was once a wolf, prowling the outskirts of civilization. Transformed by mysterious circumstances, Ginger can no longer go back to her pack and must learn the ways of human society. Fortunatly, a handful of well-meaning monsters are here to help, as best they can.





Self-described “King of the Night,” Count Dracula originally hails from Transylvania. After a brief stint in the United Kingdom in the 19th century—a move that Dracula refers to as “an unfortunate occurrence”—Dracula has settled in the United States quite comfortably. Perhaps too comfortably, as he can’t help but feel that drinking his nights away at the Bar Sinister and enthralling goth girls has put him in a bit of rut.

Jadzia Axelrod

Jadzia Axelrod

Jadzia Axelrod is an author, an illustrator, and a world changer. Throughout her eventful life she has also been a circus performer, a puppeteer, a graphic designer, a sculptor, a costume designer, a podcaster and quite a few other things that she’s lost track of but will no doubt remember when the situation calls for it.She is the writer and producer of “The Voice Of Free Planet X” podcast, were she interviews stranded time-travelers, low-rent superheroes, unrepentant monsters and other such creature of sci-fi and fantasy, as well as the podcasts “Aliens You Will Meet” and “Fables Of The Flying City.” The story started in “Fables Of The Flying City” is concluded in The Battle Of Blood & Ink, a graphic novel published by Tor.She is not domestic, she is a luxury, and in that sense, necessary.