Zander - Mutated Ant Teen
We thought long and hard about what type of “monster” should be the head of the “fam” here at HorrorFam.com… A skeleton? An alien? A ghost?
We decided to go with a teenage mutant ant. Sort of a cross between THEM! and The Fly with a thoroughly radical 1980’s new wave aesthetic. A nod to our love of ‘50s sci-fi/horror and our status as “Eighties Kids.” Plus, he’s quite literally #MutantFam thanks to his radioactive mutations.
We also loved that ants are so community-focused. We wanted our primary mascot to promote that “colony” feeling. We're each extraordinarily capable on our own — a single ant can lift 50x its own body weight — but, when we're all together, the horror community is a powerhouse of strength.
Zander name is a common shortening of “Alexander,” a name that means “protector/helper of mankind.” A hero's name. A survivor. The "Final Ant" perhaps? ...Also, “Zander” sounds a bit like “Zanti” and we thought that was cute.
Wanda - Fish Person
In their itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini, Wanda is ready for some water-based fun!
Joan - Mummy Dearest
With her “hair” (bandages) up in rollers, Joan is the “mom” of our lil “fam.” Her black cat is named “Kosey” (Egyptian name meaning “lion”).
Dan - Tentacle Man
He’s got a gold tooth because he got several cavities from drinking all that pop. Remember to brush your teeth, Fam!
Warren - Hipster Werewolf
Tea - Vampire Witch
How can she be a witch AND a vampire?! Easy: a “vampire” is something you are, whereas “witchcraft” is something you do.
Tea is a shortening of the Greek name “Galatea” (a popular baby name for Wiccan girls!), which means “she who is milk-white.” Seemed fitting as vampires tend to be pretty pale.