Horror

Writing

How to Use the Uncanny in Your Writing

A hand with all of the fingers the same length. Eye whites that aren’t white. Seeing a stranger in the mirror. A subtler cousin of horror, the uncanny is more about discomfort than fear. Sigmund Freud* described it as, in greatly paraphrased form here, making … read more »

Podcast

193 – The History of Haunted House Stories

The Mythcreant Podcast

Two weeks into October, we’re finally ready to start our spooky podcast topics with an episode about haunted houses – but not just any old episode about haunted houses. Today, we’re specifically talking about the subgenre’s history, from the ancient times of Pliny the Younger … read more »

Q&A

Running Cosmic Horror in D&D

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Do you guys have advice for portraying cosmic horror in D&D specifically? I know it isn’t the best game for horror, but it’s all my RPG group is willing to play. -Torchbug Read more »

Podcast

142 – Vampires

The Mythcreant Podcast

It is time to discuss… THE VAMPYRE. Vampires are a staple of fantasy fiction, from toothy Nosferatu to wise-cracking Spike. This week, we talk about how vampires have changed over time, how to keep them interesting in a saturated market, and why they’ve always been … read more »

Writing

Lessons From the Sloppy Writing of The Tommyknockers

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It’s time to tear apart The Tommyknockers, written by the venerable Stephen King and published in 1987. In his long and prolific history of writing, King has both gems and duds. Even within a work, his improvised storytelling technique tends to turn out both brilliant moments … read more »

Podcast

89 – Body Horror

The Mythcreant Podcast

Elly and Rhys are back this week, once again joining Oren to keep the podcast on course. But this time that course is a dark and horrific one. Bodily horrific, to be precise. That’s right, we’re talking about body horror, mostly so that the hosts … read more »

Podcast

70 – Unreliable Narrators

The Mythcreant Podcast

Can you trust everything you’re told? How about the sights and sounds of a viewpoint character? Mike, Oren, and Chris discuss the use of unreliable narrators. They sort out the liars, the delusional, and the ill-informed whose voices we hear our stories through. Read more »

Storytelling

How to Use Lovecraftian Horrors in Your Stories

Lovecraftian horror is a specific subgenre that blends noir and horror with a dash of cosmic terror and a sense of insignificance. H.P. Lovecraft did it first, but many authors and artists have continued his traditions with varied and horrific stories. The eldritch abominations of … read more »

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