Big beasties fascinate me. Some of that fascination stems from early film viewing. I remember being taken to the cinema to see The Blob. I couldn't have been more than seven or eight, and it scared the hell out of me. The original incarnation of Kong has been with me since around the same time. Similarly, I remember the BBC showing re-runs of classic creature features late on Friday nights, and THEM! in particular left a mark on my psyche. I've also got a Biological Sciences degree, and even while watching said movies, I'm usually trying to figure out how the creature would actually work in nature -- what would it eat? How would it procreate? What effect would it have on the environment around it?
On top of that, I have an interest in cryptozoology, of creatures that live just out of sight of humankind, and of the myriad possibilities that nature, and man's dabbling with it, can throw up.
I also like British mad scientists, who have a long lineage in both science fiction and horror, in books and movies, THE FIRST MEN ON THE MOON and QUATERMASS being particular favorites.
When I had the idea of the magic growth elixir these ideas all collided and young Tom started to babble excitedly to me about what his Granddad was up to. GENERATIONS grew from there.
There's a big blob in here - several of them in fact, and more giant ants than you can shake a stick at. There's also a definitely mad scientist, some plucky kids, a newt with big plans, and a pony.
But mostly its about the bugs. Big bugs. On the rampage. What's not to like?
Tom wants to see a dragon. And his Granddad wants to make one. But neither of them are prepared for the consequences when they accidentally spill Granddad's special growth formula on the ground.
Insects, grown to giant-size, start to emerge, a few only at first, then more and more...a huge, swarming, mass of them. Now Tom, along with farmer's daughter, Kate, must battle against the giant bugs to save Kate's parents. They need help...big help. The kind of help a dragon can provide...