Last week, I introduced you to Lukas Ritter, a talented young author I discovered via a means thatâ€™s becoming more and more infrequent in publishing: the slush pile. In celebration of the upcoming publication of his latest book, Monster Slayers, Lukas and I sat down and had a conversation Interview magazine style about D&D, the author-editor relationship, and how Monster Slayers came to be.
The book doesnâ€™t come out until May 11. But you can preview the content of the book, right now by reading this fun short story thatâ€™s a prequel to the book: Monster Slayers: Training Day! After reading this, be sure to check out our hot-off-the-virtual-presses mini-D&D Adventure for young kids: Monster Slayers: Heroes of Hesiod. I edited and playtested this twice and I guarantee youâ€™ll love it!
And now without further ado, please welcome Lukas Ritter!
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Nina H: Letâ€™s start with the most important question. What is your favorite D&D monster?:
Lukas R: I know I'm going to steal your answer, but I'm going to go with beholder! They're just so unique in a twisted and fun way. I love that they have a hilariously inflated sense of entitlementâ€”hive mothers are called The Ultimate Tyrant!â€”and that they appreciate the aesthetics of their maze-like lairs even while being total brutes. Plus they have minions! I can't help but be amused by the idea of these giant, floating, eye-covered heads screaming out orders to their minions while floating around shooting lasers from their pupils. I'd love to one day do a semi-comedic, Doctor Who-ish take on them.
I also really liked the ormyrr, a monster featured in A Practical Guide to Monsters. The summary of the creature accompanied with the illustration immediately brought to mind a clear, fun character. Which is why one is featured in Monster Slayers and may soon show up again in another book.
Lukas R: So the question is back to you: What is your favorite D&D monster? And word on the street is that you made a plush, baby beholderâ€” any comment on that?
Read my answer!