Madeline L'Engle's Time
series is chock full of surreal and scary beings. A Wrinkle in Time
gets its own page, but it doesn't stop there:
- A Wind in the Door: The Echthroi, intangible beings whose goal is to "X" (completely remove from existence) everything and everybody. If need be, they can perfectly impersonate someone, the disguise only penetrable by those who can summon the deepest feelings of true love for the person.
- Also from Wind, The disease killing Charles Wallace, mitochronditis.
- A Swiftly Tilting Planet: The Echthroi again, this time with the ability to send time travellers careening off course into Projections, their own visions of the desolate, violence filled places they're trying to turn every planet into.
- Many Waters: The Manticores, with a lion's body, a scorpion's tail, and a giant human face that continually shout "Hungry!"