My theme is Creatures in Paranormal Fiction.
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R is for Reaper.
A reaper is someone who harvests. In the monster or supernatural creature world, the grim reaper aka reaper is a gruesome being who harvests human souls.
Stories of the grim reaper as the scythe-bearing image we've all seen date back to at least the 1800s, but as early as the 1500s, folklore placed a face on death. Perhaps any image was better than none and was born from an attempt to minimize their natural fears of the unknown.
There's no end to the imagination of writers. Even the reaper has made it into popular fiction in a romanticized version: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/reapers.