To celebrate the e-book release of Bartholomew of the Scissors at wowio, here is my little essay about the White Blob, my favorite monster from the story:
The White Blob is a mysterious alien organism that originates from an abyss at the bottom of the sea, perhaps accounting for its bleached white color. The White Blob is amphibious, being able to move on land and water, but it prefers to be in dark water. The White Blob hates sunlight. It is extremely intelligent and as large as a sperm whale.
The White Blob's biological imperative is to assimilate. It swallows people whole, and inside its depth, the blob replaces all the human blood with white blob blood. In effect, this "oil change" puts the person entirely within the control of the blob. In this sense, the white blob is a puppet master, able to control large numbers of people. Its followers refer to it as "The Pastor."
The Marshmallow People are groups of people who have been assimilated by the White Blob.
Marshmallow People are telepathically interconnected with each other and the master blob. They are called "Marshmallow People" because their human blood has been entirely replaced by white blob blood. In addition, there are often patches of white blob skin on the abdomen where blob tentacles can emerge, depending on how long the person has been a vessel for the blob. Their most distinctive feature is the white skin on their hands. Marshmallow People use their hands to absorb human blood for sustenance. Often, they will grip the throat of their victim, and the white hands absorb the blood through the skin. White blob skin has an enmity with normal human skin, causing it to bleed on contact.
Marshmallow People act very strangely. If someone you know becomes a member of the Marshmallow People, they will avoid sunlight, become withdrawn and secretive, and they will conceal their hands with gloves. Marshmallow People are extremely dangerous, able to become homicidal at the slightest hint of discovery.
The only way to kill an attack blob is fire. A blob is almost invulnerable in water.
Attack blobs have the ability to spring up like frogs and smother people, simultaneously drawing blood from the skin on contact. In addition, they are able to spray acid with strange nipples on the outer surface of their skin.
They are able to roll into balls in order to travel over open ground. They can easily overtake a human runner across an open distance. However, they are easily confused by twists and turns. They are adept swimmers.
Many blobs have the use of white tentacles like frog tongues to latch on to a person.
Attack blobs cannot live very long independent of their master. They will try to return to the master blob as soon as possible in order to be re-integrated into the larger mass of the master blob.
Learn more about the White Blob in Bartholomew of the Scissors. Click the cover: