As I have talked about on other threads around here, I am currently working on expanding a Halloween-themed novella into a full novel. The project was not going well for a while but now things are really taking off. So now I find myself in the position of having characters whose personalities and backstories I can explore more deeply. One of the things I am worried about, however, is that I have several monster characters (vampires, werewolves, ghosts, other spirits, etc.) but I am not read too many horror or other stories that feature these kind of supernatural beings. Most of my knowledge and feelings about them have been picked up through pop culture of my generation--the last 20 yrs or so.
I know I do not want Twilight type creatures. I want more of the classical, scary, mean monsters who are different from humans, both in terms of physical needs and how they think and feel. They are of different races from humans, not just different nationalities or skin color. So I wonder if anyone has any recommendations for me? Both in terms of books to read and movies/tv shows to see and in terms of just how to make my monster/supernatural characters different from the human characters.