If you’re looking for methods of staying spooked this All Hallows’ Evening, here are some new horror/suspense/creepy pieces of media I’ve been enjoying:
- False Positive: Webcomic Tales of the Surreal, Fantastic and Macabre. Some pretty gross stuff here — a fair share of body horror. Reminds me a lot of the pacing and tone of Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt. Good in doses.
- Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas. A new horror adventure comic with novel setting that draws from Native American and Southern folklore — which despite its richness and nightmarish ideas, we barely see any of in horror. Bring me these unknown beasts.
- Lights Out (horror short film). It opens with a great conceit, and the first minute contains one of the most memorable (and thoughtful) jump scares I can recall. Very frightening in my opinion — right up to the (unnecessary) reveal in the last split second.
- A Reading of Carmilla by Shannon Saar. Shannon brings a lovely voice to this audio reading of J. Sheridan le Fanu’s Victorian vampire novella, published in 1871 and predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years. Also notable for its depiction of lesbianism, which at the time may have been scarier than a vampire.
- Eric Heisserer’s concerned posting on /r/nosleep. Eric is a wonderful man who wrote the online epistolary scary story The Dionaea House, and he returns to the form in this series of posts. A great read with another chilling conceit.
- Abby Howard’s The Last Halloween. A fun and creepy tale with Abby’s Gorey-esque lines and shadows. Her monster design is unparalleled.
- Emily Carroll’s The Prince and the Sea. Emily is the reigning charming horror comics champion. Broodhollow is but foam in her wake. All her comics are incredible uses of the form, but The Prince and the Sea stayed with me for weeks afterward.
And a semi-honorable self-mention, Ichor Falls: A Visitor’s Guide — my collection of short horror stories, including Candle Cove, is available on Gumroad in PDF form. You can enter “$0” as your price and download it for free.
If you know any more, let me have them in the comments!
Hi all, it’s with a heavy heart that I have to report that none of the people I enlisted to help repair the damage done to the wiki by spambots were able to make a dent. It became unrecognizable. I will find a solution, even if it’s hosting the wiki elsewhere.
This probably marks my final foray into attempting to have a server-side wiki, which is a shame, because as much as it was a resource for blind and low-vision readers, it was also a resource for me.
I have a friend who’s blind, and I knew he’d love Broodhollow, so I started describing it for him, which is, in this case, writing out the dialogue, action and other relevant details panel-by-panel. You’re welcome to use them if you’d like to make it accessible to other blind people (as far as I know, no webcomics are accessible at this point), but I have no intention of doing anything with them on my own, it’s just to make my friend happy.
I thought it was a great idea! Then I forgot to reply. But thanks to Liana’s work, all the Broodhollow comics are available in full-text form, for use by people who are either blind or have low vision. Thank you guys for spearheading this, and for giving Broodhollow an audience that wouldn’t otherwise have much access to it.
Burying the lede a little bit (although that’s an amazing burial), I am hosting her descriptive text at the official Broodhollow wiki, which at the moment is very much unpopulated. If you want to contribute, let me know via the link on the main page. I’m manually adding trusted editors, because once upon a time many years ago, I had a wonderful Starslip wiki that was first muddied by some vandals (a nuisance, but a hazard of having user-generated content), and then absolutely destroyed by spambots. That database lies on the bottom of my server ocean, never to be resurrected.
In an effort to make sure that doesn’t happen here, you can only become an editor if you ask! Thanks.