30 Days of Horror: Day 3 – It’s Gotta Be The SCP

What to say about the SCP Foundation that hasn’t been said before, usually better, sometimes with animation? A whole hell of a lot because it’s a treasure trove of literally hundreds of documents that translate into hundreds of extended and interconnected stories of a universe that Lovecraft would have recognized. Unfortunately for us all, I’ve got a migraine so I’ll let someone who speaks about the Foundation for a living do all the talking because I can’t make sense.

30 Days of Horror: Day 2

Today let’s delve into something a little unusual. 0.0Mhz is a webtoon I stumbled across some years ago when I had a horror craving in the middle of the night. I couldn’t put it down until I’d run out of pages and then I couldn’t sleep because I was trapped under the blankets, in the dark and for a rare wonder I was terrified of what lay behind the warm and close confines of my own blanket.

It’s vivid portrayal of the summoning ceremony in 0.0 Mhz sent chills through this experienced witch (aka do not try this). The dark and desaturated colors and limply dragging characters, whose very hair seems oddly weighted down, lends such an impressive oppressive atmosphere. Jump scares aren’t always an easy thing to do with a static webtoon but it definitely pressed on my fear button good and hard.

Looks like recently this gem, like so many other webtoons has gotten a live action adaptation! The world is a quickly evolving place, for a public fed up with remakes, the internet is a treasure trove of fresh ideas and fresh art styles. Some studios are taking notice and creating content, films, radio plays, animation, to varying degrees of skill, scale and care of course.

And that’s Day 2 down! Tomorrow, I don’t know, maybe a game. See you later voodoo loves.

Ebook Review: Jack Killborn/J. A. Konraths’s “Endurance (A Tale of Terror)”

There’s a few things I always worry about when I do a review. I worry that I’ll come across as one of those who can’t do and therefore is left with nothing but criticism. I worry that I’ll end up giving a gushing review when I really didn’t like the material. I worry that I’ll be forced to give away too much of the plot while doing the review. And finally I worry that I’ll have nothing good to say about something someone I admire made.

Welcome to my personal nightmare.

Jack Killborn is J.A. Konrath’s pen name. J.A. Konrath is a legend among indie novelists. One of the first to step away from the traditional publishing industry and one of the loudest supporters of indie publishers, I’d read Konrath’s blog religiously while I was still working for FetishMovies.com dreaming of the day when I’d finally feel strong enough as a writer to strike off on my own. So it’s with a heavy heart that I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy his novel Endurance (A Tale of Terror) at all.

There’s a lot not to love about it: the way the story opens with a character who almost immediately seems to die (they don’t but it’s several hundred pages before the reader knows that for sure) the use of rape and mutant freaks as tools of terror, the fact that the strongest women in the world are the targets for all these horrors. But mostly it’s just the way that I felt reading it, page after page of a story that failed to terrify but certainly managed to disgust me.

I’d say that Endurance (A Tale of Terror) is ready made to become a movie of the torture porn variety. I’m not a fan of that type of horror and up until I’d read this book, I had been blessed with thinking it didn’t exist in written form. Suffice it to say I’m not happy I was wrong.

That said, I’ve got other Konrath books in my Kindle library waiting for me to get some free time and give them a read and I’m hopeful that they’ll take the bad taste of Endurance (A Tale of Terror) out of my mouth.