Monday, 22 August 2011
When I'm thinking up encounters in adventures, I often delve into natural history books for ideas. Ocassionally, I have the good fortune to come across something inspiring first-hand. This morning, that happened when I came very close to stepping on this beast. He might be just a common house spider, but when you close up to him, you can clearly see he is a beautiful killing machine. He sits just outside his lair, wating for a small insect to wander by, and then he strikes in a flash and drags his prey back into his cave.
I've got some notes on giant spiders that I keep toying with for the magazine, but just haven't got them quite right yet. Seeing this fellow has given me the inspiration I needed to go back to them with rekindled interest.