Writing Prompt – Some Reanimated DNA

A scientist acquires what he thinks is dinosaur DNA and uses methods inspired by Jurassic Park to bring it to life . . ., but it is not dinosaur DNA. It is Grendel’s DNA.

  • Someone could write this as a horror story, but I am thinking more along the lines of The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits.
  • I think this story should begin with an embryologist who is a big fan of the book and/or movie Jurassic Park and has often wished he could recreate a dinosaur. A paleontologist friend finds a bone which he believes belonged to a dinosaur. Some portayals of Grendel present him as a giant. If so, then his bones are larger than human bones. That may be why the paleontologist thought the bone belonged to a dinosaur.
  • While examining the bone in his lab, the paleontologist finds some soft tissue and is able to extract some DNA which he sends to the embryologist.
  • After this point the story could go in a few directions:
    1. After the cloned Grendel grows to maturity, he might break out of the lab and rampage through the town. This would work if the writer wants a story similar to classic monster movies or a silly monster movie on the Syfy channel.
    2. Maybe the lab is in a secured government base, in which case the scientists and military struggle to keep the monster contained.
    3. Maybe Grendel runs into the wilderness. The scientists know they need to deal with him, and so as the military searches they work on a solution.
  • Eventually someone needs to kill Grendel. He hates all of humanity, and so he will be a serious threat to everyone as long as he lives. The Grendel in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf did not become evil because of a hard childhood. Living as an outcast very likely contributed to his evil nature, but at the root he was evil by nature because of his lineage from Cain and the punishment from God.
    1. Maybe the military kills him.
    2. Maybe some hunters kill him while he is in the wilderness.
    3. If he flees into a remote wilderness, then maybe the scientists will have time to develop something before he becomes a serious threat. He could still pose a threat, however, to hikers and campers. Maybe the locals of a nearby village identify him with a monster in an old local legend.

You are free to use this prompt in your own writing. If you print it or post it online, however, please credit this post.

About henrywm

I am a graduate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. I am interested in Christian theology and church history. I also enjoy science fiction and stories which wrestle with deep questions.
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