Alien inspiration?

Did the common cockroach inspire H.R Giger’s Alien masterpiece?

This friendly cockroach was sitting on our bathroom wall the other night. It didn’t scarper when I approached like most do, but instead seemed to take an interest in the camera.

The picture was taken with a long shutter speed to get the background effect, slightly blurring the roach in the process. But nevertheless, it’s the kind of image that could send a chill down many a spine.

Along with cockroaches we also have several geckos of various sizes, a couple of rats, troops of industrious ants, many mosquitoes (some of them have a fondness for living in our wardrobe), and a huge spider. Quite a menagerie.

PK

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