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Man After Man: The Coming Horrors

Posted in Animals, Books, Pictures, Science, Science Fiction, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2015 by Stephanie Selby
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Though the process of genetic engineering and grafting additional organs, the Vacuumorph is a being that can survive in the airless, zero-gravity environment of space.

Have you ever wondered what humanity’s evolutionary future might look like? In Man After Man, author Dougal Dixion speculates on the possibilities. From what humans might create with genetic engineering, to our kind naturally changing or adapting with technology, to how climate change may shape our descendants.

The results may leave you feeling uncomfortable at the very least. Just about every human-derived creature in this book looks pretty damn freaky. Then there are the ethics of genetic manipulation and our growing dependance on technology that leaves you wondering how far would people really be willing to compromise in order to continue the human race.

So let’s have a brief look, shall we? Here’s the timeline of Dixion’s vision of the future!

200 years: The Earth has been ravaged by overpopulation and pollution. Scientists have genetically altered humans in a variety of ways to live and work in harsh environments. Examples include the Aquamorph and Vacuumorph. Many unaltered homo sapiens are leaving the planet to find a future in space, yet there are still those that are left behind to fight for the meager resources on earth.

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A genetically altered human adapted to life in the water. This species was created for building and mining in the ocean.

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The humans that have remained on earth have split into two major factions: those that highly depend on machines to maintain bodily functions and complete tasks, and handlers that work to repair this technology and serve the technology-assisted upper class. These handlers remain unaltered to retain versatility while working with machines. The machine dependent humans grow weaker and weaker over time, and the process of mating has become quite risky. The Aquamorphs have grown more independent, and no longer assist land-dwelling humans.

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Unfortunately, the book is out of print right now so finding a copy may be a bit out of one’s price range but well worth the read!

Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 Trailer Analysis

Posted in Children, Haunted, Memes, Uncategorized, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

I’m really starting to wonder if Scott Cawthon ever sleeps. I just talked about this game last week and here we are at it again. The original game was released in July, the second came in November, and now we have a trailer for the third! Seriously, this guy must program like a machine.

Thankfully, this new trailer does have some intriguing hints at what is to come. I especially find the text the most pertinent part.

He will come back
He always does
We have a place for him

I believe that these are the words of the animations themselves as an image of Bonnie, Freddy, and Chica are followed by the final line; not to mention that ‘we’ likely refers to the trio. They expect the child murder mentioned in the previous games to return to them, possibly to commit similar crimes. However, they are now prepared to take their revenge when he comes. Just what that would be or how that would apply to the new game protagonist still remains unclear. The next protagonist could be the murderer himself, but it’s also just as possible a new character could be introduced.

There are also several visual details to take note. This time the condition of the diner is decrepit, with peeling paint and what looks to be old wires hanging from the ceiling. It’s for this reason that I think the next game will be set much later than the previous games. The location looks a lot like the one from FNAF 1, but it could also take place in the original Fazbear Diner.

For this reason I wonder about the next game’s protagonist. Perhaps they will be a security guard of a different sort. Instead of the nighttime security of a seemingly friendly family restaurant, he or she will be looking after what’s essentially an abandoned building. Perhaps to protect it from squatters or find out what could be behind any possible disturbances.

Alongside the classic animatronics is a whole new beast that gives an updated meaning to the term nightmare fuel. This animatronic rabbit is in some ways similar to Bonnie, but has a sickly yellow color and is horribly beat up and scarred. I could be wrong, this could be an aged version of a Golden Bonnie, but my instincts tell me otherwise.

I’ve also heard of speculation that the place is now a horror attraction inspired by the restaurant’s history. I’m not sure if there’s any concrete evidence behind that theory though.

Only time will tell for sure. Considering Cawthon it won’t take too long!

Creepypasta Critique: Rusty Fingers

Posted in Creepypasta, Narrations, Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

Lately I’ve noticed a distinct pattern whenever I write a creepypasta critique. Normally I’m gushing over the really good, well-known pastas, and share with you why I find them so enjoyable. Today’s going to be a little different.

You likely have never heard of Rusty Fingers, and that’s a good thing because it is a pretty bad pasta. CreepsMcPasta’s narration makes the tale bearable, but only just. I think the reason he did was because it takes place in the UK and there’s not many pastas that are set in his neck of the woods. In my opinion, he should have kept looking.

The basic writing is very annoying, especially in the beginning where some words are repetitive and details are scant. No idea who these people are really, the how close they might be as brothers, what they’ve been doing on their trip or why they even choose as their destination. Just that they have a room and have been staying there for awhile. It’s a rather careless way to write both characterization and text.

The only place where the author has any sense of creativity is the physical appearance of the villain and his mutilated, child ‘partner.’ there’s little explanation for why this monster is saving people or why his victims seem to accept this notion so easily. Whatever Rusty Fingers is doing to people’s minds it’s not enough to creep me out.

At the very end the protagonist finds his brother dead. Oh well, I guess. It’s not like the author gives us a good reason to get emotionally invested in him. *yawn*

Rusty Fingers is a great example of a bad pasta. The author had enough determination to churn out a very short story with a strange monster, but there’s clearly very little effort given otherwise.

Does anyone out there have a good story that takes place in the UK? I’d love to see some.

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.

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 3: Love Stinks

Posted in Children, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

It’s finally here! I’m so glad to see the DHMIS puppets continuing their adventures, even if this newest installment is the least creepy so far. The subject of this episode is love, so lets get down to the nitty-gritty and analyze this video!

So it all begins with our little trio sitting down to a picnic of raw chicken. Gross. We’re also shown a missing person’s poster with all three on there, and they’ve been missing for a few months. This is rather ominous and likely hints to an overarching plot in the next few episodes, but doesn’t have much bearing on the current episode.

Swatting a pesky butterfly upsets the yellow guy, and he runs off to be alone. From there he goes on a journey to learn a lesson about love. Whether he learns anything useful is left to question.

I’ve heard a lot of people interpret this episode as a critique of mainstream religion and its stance on homosexuality. This it true to a point. In my opinion the denizens of this realm are exhibiting societal expectations of love rather than purely religious ones. Religion does play a role, but it’s not the only thing that lies behind the ideas presented in this video.

The butterfly’s lesson of love begins on a positive note, that even though there’s a lot of horrible things in the world and can be divided by our differences, through love we can find a way to live in harmony.

Things start to get weird when the yellow guy meets the rest of the butterfly’s friends. They say that they love him and that he loves them, and he accepts this outright. How can anyone immediately love strangers? Or know that they love him just because they said so? It’s a very shallow form of love at best. So often people of either gender mistake true love for fleeting words or experiences.

Obviously it a very poor notion to teach because the yellow guy starts claiming that he loves just about everything. It’s then that he’s shown the opposite end of the spectrum: loving only a ‘special one.’

The idea of a ‘special one’ is a take on the idea of a ‘soul mate’ and how we all are supposed to have one. People can spend years trying to find someone like that, never to realize how unrealistic this romantic notion can be. So often people never find someone like this, and many are even ostracized from others altogether, never to be loved in any capacity. The love teachers try to offer an example through Michael, but he seems to never find a companion and they don’t really have an answer for those who are truly alone. In fact they just ignore this fact and reinforce the idea that a ‘special one’ will always come as long as you’re patient.

They go so far as to say that this is how love always occurs, protected by the symbol of the ring. This is where traditional ideas around marriage start to creep in.  There is a king that must be fed gravel or he will get angry. The yellow guy is expected to change himself to be accepted and love and it’s intended to last forever. These are all concepts tied to religion and how followers are expected to conform to beliefs.

It’s the red guy and the green duck that finally reveal what it’s really like to love and care for someone. Even though they finished their picnic before looking for the yellow guy, they care enough about him to take hours looking for him, apologize for upsetting him, and finally save him the last egg so he doesn’t go hungry. There is more to love than fleeting relationships or a romantic connection: there is the love of friends who care about your feelings and well being. They are the proof that there are many different ways to experience love.

And a bloody butterfly burst out of the egg only to be smacked again. It wouldn’t be DHMIS without moments like this. Let me know what you think about this video in the comments.

Maris Farms: Harvest of Terror 2014

Posted in Halloween, Review, Uncategorized, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Because we enjoyed ourselves last year, my sister and I decided to attend Maris Farms Harvest of Terror in Buckely, WA again for this Halloween season. Needless to say it was a very different experience than the year before. You can read my review from last year here.

You might recall in that previous review I talked about how crowded the event was. Man, forget what I said! That’s nothing compared to arriving late on a Saturday evening! Parking was packed and the lines were ridiculously long. The ticket line stretched down the exit lane for traffic, which made things awkward for cars trying to leave and people waiting to get their tickets. It was enough to make my sister and I spring an extra $15 for the fast pass so we could skip the rest of the lines inside the event. It’s a wonder no one got run over.

One way to avoid this fiasco is to purchase your tickets online. Definitely something to consider if you can’t get there early.

If I come there again I won’t be making the same mistake. My advice? If you plan on going, do your best to go on a Friday or Sunday and get there early. Going early in the season doesn’t hurt either.

After we finally got our tickets, my sister and I decided to go through the monster safari first. Sis was really looking forward to shooting up the zombies again this year. However it was dark out and crowded, so we got ourselves pretty turned around and walked toward an unhaunted corn maze before we managed to correct our path. They either need to set up some larger, more legible signs or perhaps create a map.

The monster safari, where attendees get to shoot at zombies with paintballs,  has been expanded from last year, and I must say that the sets look better as well. Walk towards the safari and you’ll hear a mock emergency broadcast warning you about the zombie apocalypse. The main line had a screen playing scenes from the Dawn of the Dead remake. My favorite set while on the safari was the church/graveyard scene where an undead couple was getting married.

Many people complained that they ran out of paintballs halfway through the safari. This wasn’t a problem for me because Sis and I had both sprung $5 for extra and I conserved my ammo throughout. I even had some left over! If you plan on going through the safari definitely consider taking one of these two strategies.

We also stopped at one of the concession stands to get some water, but it took forever because there was only ONE person working at that particular stand. I felt somewhat sorry for that woman cooking, cleaning, and taking payments all by herself. While the ticket lines and the haunt itself are adequately staffed, they could really work on making sure all aspects of their event are covered to ensure a better experience.

After that we went through the haunted maze, skipping the line that was wrapping around the building. I enjoyed our walk through, even though we kept running into other people. This brought down the scare factor for me, but is was still entertaining to see people turn into total chickens.

Many of their set were rather impressive too.  There were several times that I blurted out a ‘whoa!’ at some the effects they pulled off. A toxic waste dump that glowed a bright green was our personal favorite.

Being an outdoor attraction, they’re not as technically proficient as Kitsap County Haunted Fairgrounds, but theirs is much longer to walk through and their creativity shows.

Overall my sister and I enjoyed our time at Maris Farms, but the event could be improved with better crowd management and clearer directions. The popularity of this event is clearly rising, so those who dislike crowds should arrive as early as possible, go on  off-peak days and consider buying their tickets online and/or paying for the express pass.

Kitsap Coutnty Haunted Fairgrounds 2014

Posted in Halloween, Life, Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

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With the Halloween season in full swing, the haunted house attractions have returned! I always attend the Kitsap County’s Haunted Fairgrounds, and you can read last year’s review here.

This year follows a creepy New Orleans theme, complete with a crypts, clowns, and bayou full of swamp monsters with a running waterfall.  Many of the effects and set pieces are impressive to see and I love to find out what they will come up with next. KCHF has always been a technically impressive haunted attraction, especially in comparison to others in the Puget Sound area.

We arrived at the fairgrounds pretty early to avoid overcrowding. I tend to become annoyed when haunted attractions get too crowded and I run into or get lumped together with random strangers. It breaks the feeling of immersion for me and becomes much less scary. I suppose this could be a matter of preference, but if you feel the same way I’d recommend following my advice and arrive as early as possible.

The opening for this year’s event was a little underwhelming. You may recall that last year we were first ‘scanned’ to check for infections and went through a short maze with a man in a bio hazard suit yelling at us. That wasn’t the case this year, as the maze was barren of everyone but one old woman. I was somewhat disappointed.

That feeling quickly changed as we left the first barn and walked up the pathway to the next, as there were several lovely hearses parked for viewing! The best part was that their respective owners were there to greet people. We stayed there a little longer than most talking to the owners of each one, asking about the vehicles’ details and about how they acquired them. Some were even kind enough to let me climb into them for a closer look. I even had my picture taken lying in one! It makes me really want to get one for myself someday.

Last year, I had some slight complaints about one of the maze sections that made it a little hard to navigate. Fortunately that part’s been done away with and we had no problems making our way through. Although I did miss the skinless man I saw last year – his outfit was so cool!

There is one character form the 2014 haunt that sticks out in my memory. A creepy clown woman that we met in the black-lit area of the attraction. I caught her attention because my jacket really reacted to the lighting, and her dialogue really managed to freak my sister and I out. She got up so close to me that all I could really do was shut my eyes and hope she went away!

KCHF will be running every Friday and Saturday night throughout October, as well as November 1st. If you’re in the area, check it out!