Weird Video of the Week

Posted in History, Nuclear Power, Travel, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on January 9, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

More creepiness from Chernobyl! Have a great weekend.

Neverending Nightmares

Posted in Insanity, Review, Uncategorized, Videogames with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

NeverendingNightmaresSorry for the blank post earlier! I try to schedule different posts in advance to plan out what I’m going to write as well as motivate me, but this time it seems to have backfired. Let’s put all that nonsense aside and talk about a creepy videogame shall we? No I’m not trying to totally distract you from my inept management of my blog! Can we just move on? …Pretty please?

I must admit this little review has been a long time coming. I played Neverending Nightmares back in October, but life and other interests have put this on the back burner until now.

I was really excited to play this when I first heard about it. I love to try a lot of weird, offbeat games. Some of you may recall my post about Sanitarium, an old adventure game that’s near and dear to my heart. Another good example would be Tale of Tales’ The Path, which I may write about in the future.

As for Neverending Nightmares, you take on the role of Thomas, a young man lost in a disturbing dream world that he’s unable to wake from. Whether he’s successful or lost forever is up to interpretation.

The art style is an illustrated white and black world with little additional colors for important additions. Red is the most prominent to highlight the gore of course. It’s rather impressive and refreshing, offering a bleak setting to build atmosphere.

Enemies are pretty freaky too, from monster baby dolls, insane inmates, and even a murderous doppleganger that managed to freak me out. While gameplay is cut down to the basics and Thomas generally has to side scroll through the environment, there are moments where one has to use different tactics to get past enemies.

This is a very slow-paced game as Thomas is a slow walker, can barely run, and different setting can last for a little too long. I know I say this a lot, but you’re going to need your patience when playing this. If you’re not the type, then you’re better off skipping this one.

While that’s only a minor nitpick, there are major aspects that bother me a lot more. The whole endeavor seems somewhat aimless. I understand that these are how dreams are often experienced and they can be unclear and confusing for us, but that leaves the game with a very unsubstantial plot. That may have been okay for some if the game play was more engaging, but with neither it just becomes a series of scary scenarios with little context.

I’ll give you an example. The second most prominent character is Gabrielle. Most of the game she’s established as Thomas’ sister, but a long different branches of the narrative (there are different endings) she’s also his therapist, daughter, or wife. I understand that she’s an important person to Thomas, but how can anyone gain insight from this information alone?

My point is that it’s these shifting narratives that make any kind of speculation about what is really going on with Thomas or why it may be happening. In fact as someone who over analyzes just about everything, I’m left just scratching my head. There’s almost nothing to base a solid theory here.

With no story or real challenge to the game there’s little reward for going through this experience.

The bottom line here is while the atmosphere and art are skillfully terrifying, there is no concrete story or gameplay for gamers to sink their teeth into. It’s a slow, spooky experience that won’t last long on one’s mind. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re like me and love trying experimental games, but wait to get this thing on a Steam sale or something.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

I’m not too familiar with the work of Tom Waits, (didn’t he play that non-lethal focused scientist in Mystery Men?) but this performance of his is definitely worth a watch. Have a great weekend!

My Gift for Reddit’s Secret Santa Gift Exchange

Posted in Children, Creepy, Horror, Pictures, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

20141230_190805 Looking for a little holiday related fun I decided to take part in Reddit’s 2014 Secret Santa Gift Exchange. This is what I got in the mail today. No explination, no well wishes for the holiday. Just one creepy porcelain doll.

I suppose I should have been careful with what I wished for. I wrote in my preferences that I was a pretty big horror fan. I try not to have much in terms of expectations, but I wasn’t expecting this…

Since I’m not quite sure what to do with her, I’ve asked /r/creepy for suggestions. If anything else of interest comes up, like if I decide to burn her in my backyard or something, I’ll keep you all posted. Let’s just hope she doesn’t murder me in my sleep!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Children, Scary, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on December 26, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Joy to the world! The holidays are finally over. Thank goodness they’re only once a year, otherwise I’d go REALLY crazy.

This week’s video proves kids really can say the darnedest things; sometimes those things are very, very creepy. Perhaps it will inspire someone out there to write a creepypasta? We’ll see. Enjoy!

Creepypasta Critique: Smile Dog

Posted in Animals, Creepypasta, Monsters, Narrations, Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 23, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Smile Dog is sure to floss the flesh out of his teeth every day!

Who doesn’t love this deranged dog? I suppose those of us not haunted by him!

In any case, Smile Dog is a creepypasta staple, one of the very well known tales that serve as a great introduction to this internet-based genre. Those of you who are unfamiliar can read the entire pasta here, or you can listen to my own narration of Smile Dog on YouTube.

The basic plot starts with a young writer looking to interview a woman by the name of Mary E. to get a good story. However, their meeting proves disastrous as she becomes hysterical and refuses to talk at all. It seems as if the writer came out of there with nothing, but one day he receives a letter from the same woman some time after her untimely death.

The cause of her dismay is a peculiar picture she saw on the internet. One that when viewed will cause the terrible photo’s subject to harass the viewer until they ‘spread the word.’ That would be showing the same picture to others.

It’s an instant classic because of the story’s ability to tempt us with our innate curiosity. I’m certain there’s a little part of all of us that want to take a peek at Smile Dog’s picture. Just to see what it’s like, just to see if the curse is true. If it is, all we have to do to cure ourselves is to show the picture to someone else, right?

Smile Dog is also helped by Mary’s character, as she is an honorable woman who struggles with the moral implications of what passing this curse on to others could entail. Even though she does die, her efforts seem successful. She doesn’t spread the word to anyone else. In my personal opinion, she beat that damn dog! A bittersweet kind of victory.

I think this story continues to survive because Smile Dog requires one thing that the internet is all too familiar with: the ability to share and spread all types of information. So often stories, videos, chain letters, go viral and we’re all exposed to whatever the internet has to offer. Usually this is  a good thing for us; we can now quickly research different subjects or keep up with the latest news. The internet can help improve ourselves or at the very least (such as with silly cat videos) brighten our day.

However information can be harmful to us. You could find out over Facebook that your spouse is cheating on you. A terrorist could find directions on how to make a bomb. You could be completely misinformed by someone who is spreading false or inaccurate information. You could be cursed by viewing a picture a friend sent you.

Sharing information like this was harder to do when Mary was first affected by the picture, as the internet didn’t have the capabilities that it does now. But the author wants to pass the torch to his audience, so what kind of spread could we expect to see with the modern internet? The possibilities should fill you with dread. It does for me.

Perhaps it’s the reason why I’m spreading the word, so to speak. You might want to consider doing that too.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

It’s the Friday before Christmas and all through the net, folks were too full of cheer, not a soul was scared yet!

Okay, I’ll stop! But anyway, here’s a weird, Christmas video to It’s pretty graphic, so brace yourself before watching.