I read Dean Koontz' Phantoms not too long ago and I can't help but notice some similarities between the smoke monster and the ancient enemy. They both can travel through vents and small places, can both take the shape and form of dead people and creatures (mib being the medusa spider) and they are both predominately black in color and both seem to exist outside of time, or be unaffected by it. They both share a high level of arrogance, complacency and disgust towards humans. Also, the scene in Across the Sea where Mother or smokey killed the villagers, it's very similar to the bodies that were found in Phantoms where they didn't seem to have a cause of death that was obvious and were killed during their ordinary daily chores. What do you guys think?