The Twilight Zone – The Midnight Sun & On Thursday We Leave For Home

Long ago, when I was very young and the syfy channel was spelled based on what a shortening of “science fiction” could be expected to produce, I watched some Twilight Zone episodes that horrified me and left me with the lasting impression that the show was all terrible things happening to people. These are probably far less upsetting if you’re not seven, but they’re still pretty haunting ideas. Enjoy!


Pokeauthors Special Spotlight: On Personhood

So remember that pokemon whisperer story?

“[Elves and dwarves] are humanlike. They look like people. Pokemon don’t. They are considered monsters (i.e., “Pocket Monsters”) and typically act more like animals, with the same kind of instincts to go along with it — particularly their fighting instincts. Also, elves and dwarves aren’t broken down into light and stored away in Poke Balls. The vast majority of Pokemon are not ‘talking creatures’ and only on rare occasions can they speak in a way that humans understand – either because the human and Pokemon have a very strong bond (i.e., Ash and Pikachu) or because they can use telepathy.”

How appropriate for October.

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The Black Tapes & The Magnus Archives

The Magnus Archives are the audio recordings of various testimonies given to a paranormal research institute, featuring all sorts of random spookiness that slowly weaves together into an overarching narrative. The Black Tapes are that, if you like your narrators to be incompetent idiots who can’t do basic research and your paranormal to stick slavishly to the supposedly plausible pseudoscience of people who think ghosts are real and also boring as fuck. (more…)

BoJack Horseman

BoJack Horseman is a very depressing show about depression. It’s a cutting and poignant drama about life, mental illness, insufficiency, and the flawed nature of humanity. But I’m on the fence on if that’s actually a good thing.

I think this clip is an accurate encapsulation of the show as a whole. It can be very funny, but there’s a very dark core narrative underneath it, and there’s rarely anything that can be described as a happy ending, with almost every episode cutting off without a satisfying resolution. While the series currently ends on a fairly positive note, it’s still a very bleak journey of people being horrible, backsliding on their attempt to improve, and wallowing in a spiral of misery that seems inescapable.

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Dresden Files Grave Peril Ch22

All hospital emergency rooms have the same feel to them. They’re all decorated in the same dull, muted tones and softened edges, which are meant to be comforting and aren’t. They all have the same smell too: one part tangy antiseptics, one part cool dispassion, one part anxiety, and one part naked fear.

This feels like one of those situations where the author’s flunking out on the whole “write what you know” thing and resorting to cliche. (more…)

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