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Main Article: Mimic Terrors
“Nature is a strange thing, I learned. You learn that very clearly when you work in a museum. You realize how nature uses the art of camouflage.”
-Donald A. Wollheim, Mimic
The original Mimic short story, written by Donald A. Wollheim and first published in 1942, was widely different in both plotline and tone to Guillermo Del Toro’s film adaptation. In it, the narrator recalls a grotesque and mysterious ‘man in a black coat’ in his neighbourhood. When this figure is found dead in its apartment, it is revealed to be a gigantic insect, evolved to camouflage itself among humans — mimicking their appearance.