Cockatrices: Coming Face-to-Face With One’s Worst Fears
Behind every myth lies a truth, and the the myth of the cockatrice is no exception.
With the head of a rooster, the body of a snake, and the wings of a bat, this mythical creature is a composite of all that we fear most.
When I chose it as an embodiment of all the evil that my main character, Christopher Middleton, learns to face in my young adult adventure series, Central Park Story, I was looking to add a degree of excitement. However when I dug a little deeper and found that the nasty creature can only be killed by looking at its own reflection, the truth behind it gradually struck home: the only way that we can truly get rid of our worst fears is to turn around and face them.