I know I just did one, but this is fun, too. It could be easily adapted into a full hour TV episode, too. A lot of these are their right length already, but LABORATORY CONDITIONS clearly got stripped down to its essentials. I’d like to see a longer version.
This is one of DUST’s better (and creepier!) short films, and that’s saying something. I’m not embedding the video because the thumbnail for IT CAME NAMELESS IN SPRING is a total spoiler for the ending, though. Didn’t stop me from enjoying it, but hopefully you’ll get the full effect this way.
My wife gave me the idea for that title. Moe, she says, Moe. If you must do this, go with Gilbert and Sullivan*. In fairness, I told her I was looking for a bad pun.
Anyway, the first three (and free!) episodes of SHE IS A DUCAL MODEL IN A ZOMBIE-LURKING GOTHICK WORLD** is now live, after many an annoying adventure along the way yesterday night. The rest will hopefully load today.
And check out that cover! Made using only the finest paint.net pixels. Artisanal, those are.
*I am paraphrasing. Perhaps unfairly.
**Formerly THE DEFENSE OF CASTLE WINDERMERE, which would have been a fine title except that a) the party was only briefly at Castle Windermere and b) was never actually shown defending it.
- Short story: THE STARS ARE WRONG. Fiction. Cosmic horror is where you find it.
- RPG: Ashes of Empire, Part 2: The Empire of Ash (Section I). This may be a more complicated game world than I thought.
Why? Reread the title of this post.Continue reading I don’t want to read John Steinbeck’s long lost, and bad, werewolf novel.
One of my readers (JAB) found this: the SCP Foundation. Said reader described the site as “Delta Green and Warehouse 13 had a love child:” I personally would have said GURPS Warehouse 23, but that’s just me. On first glance? Useful fodder for DG, GURPS, or The Esoterrorists. Also: kind of disturbing, but in a good way.
Dear Sirs or Madams*,
*Mostly ‘Sirs.’ I wonder why that is, particularly since the existing status quo is serving up crap on a regular basis.
Here you go: strip out the color on these pics and maybe do some basic Photoshop distortions on them and you’ve got instant freak-outs for your next horror game.
Don’t click the link if you don’t like being vaguely freaked out by stuff. No blood, no gore, no tentacles – but the pictures are kind of unnerving, in that pattern-mismatch sort of way.
David Thompson passes along a picture of a section header from a Barnes & Noble; I saw something similar (‘Supernatural Romance’) at a Books-a-Million yesterday when I picked up a copy of Gail Carriger’s Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate).
Gimme a break, it’s steampunk. Alt-history steampunk horror. OK, OK, maybe there’s just a bit of romance novel ethos in it… but it also has clockwork assassin beetles in it, so I don’t want to hear any snickering, OK? Anyway, this entire werewolf/vampire Byronic hero thing seems to be quite the fad. Did the demographic that reads romance novels get bored with pirates?
And, more importantly, is there any way to suck them farther into the genre?
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Director Patrick Tatopoulos, “Underworld” co-creator Kevin Grevioux and Death Ray Films are teaming to bring the comic book “I, Frankenstein” to the big screen.
“I, Frankenstein” is an upcoming Darkstorm Comic written by Grevioux that brings together classic monster characters, including Frankenstein’s Monster, the Invisible Man, Dracula and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, in a contemporary film noir setting.
The Monster, for example, who has evolved and learned how to control his anger, is now a private investigator. Dracula, meanwhile, is a kingpin of crime, and the Invisible Man is a secret operative.
…but I am an absolute sucker for mashups like this, as my enthusiastic embrace of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might suggest. Noir works particularly well with horror, as Kim Newman demonstrated with his Chandler/Lovecraftian “The Big Fish” (found in The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club) and Tim Powers sorta-kinda did with his Cold War espionage/urban fantasy book Declare (you will enjoy that book, particularly if you are Catholic). The image of the Monster dressed in a cheap suit and askew fedora appeals; it has a certain iconic feel to it that I can’t help but respond to.
Hopefully, it won’t suck.