Gremlins, the mysterious little guys, are decedents of faerie and goblin lore. However, gremlins were a little late to the party and didn’t start appearing much until the World Wars.
Like their earlier cousins the brownies, gremlins are mischief makers. They focus on technology, especially vehicles, submarines, and airplanes.
Originally, gremlins were a 1920 Royal Air Force slang term for when something went wrong with the airplanes. During World War I, a French submarine crewman was heard to say Gremlins sur la Manche’ on a radio before it went dead. Dun dun dun…
The little guys were really made famous due to the 1984 Disney movie The Gremlins where “A small town is besieged by some furry and not-so-cute little creatures after a young man ignores the warnings of a wise elder regarding their care and feeding” according to Amazon.
The movie gives them an allergy to sunlight, an ability to multiply in the water, and a monster-side that comes out if they eat after midnight. None of those were in the original technological devil, but hey, it’s a cool twist.
How would you write them?
Personally, I think these guys would be a fun addition to a storyline lacking in comedy. Their aptitude for clever mischief opens them up to a wide range of possibilities. What would your gremlin get into?