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Never underestimate the power of music to further inject tone into your projects. If the likes of American McGee can be inspired by tunes to refine their works, then I’m all for having songs guide my creative direction/vision in times of need.



 
 
 

We all know who set foot on the Moon first. Sorry Gos-Strong.


 
 
 

Snowy is best gi... Um, I mean dog.


 
 
 

Been experiencing a creative block for sundry days, a solution to which I may have finally found in Spirited Away. By far my favorite Miyazaki flick out there with its gleefully surreal setting and endearing cast. Thank Golly for Studio Ghibli.


 
 
 

Turns out that one of my favorite flicks of all time was more than just a thrilling horror-coaster ride. Makes it look like the 2000s’ answer to Jacob’s Ladder in terms of symbolism and existential dilemmas. Psychological dread trounces viscera.



 
 
 

The neat part about taking attention-to-detail seriously is that you can go the extra mile with scene-setting and forage references that enhance your work. Spent the better part of the day doing just that by finding ambient noise for *REDACTED*.



 
 
 

"So what you've been up to, Mitch?" Well, aside from penning six character sheets with a combined tally of 75 (!!!) pages for the past couple of weeks, not much. Anyhow, here's a picture of some provincial flags I nabbed at my local gift shop.


 
 
 

Been binging on WWI videos lately, especially with the 100-year anniversary of the armistice around the corner. What’s that? Battlefield 1’s down to a dozen bucks on Origin? Sure, why not? ‘Sides, I find BFV’s switch to WWII to be disappointing.


 
 
 

Don’t think I’ve mentioned this in my Labor Day QuickPost, but I’m a sucker for all things dark fantasy (which I interpret as a vivid subgenre of horror). Barker’s The Thief of Always seems to be delivering the goods w/ its fable-ish tomfoolery.


 
 
 

Next to Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Alchemist is one of the more enchanting novels out there. Prose may not be as idiosyncratic, but the highly relatable subject matter makes for a fine adventure template. I <3 allegorical storytelling.


 
 
 

It’s been two weeks since I’ve decided to uninstall all social media apps from my mobile devices. What a difference it has made to my productivity. Have few to no reasons to engage on SM nowadays, especially given my next (top secret) endeavor.


 
 
 

If my reading of The Girl Who Lovec Tom Gordon is anything to go by, it’s that less can be more with depicting monsters. Having multiple fiends in one story can not only bloat the narrative, but also dilute the minatory nature of the creatures.


 
 
 

Happy Labor Day to those, including yours truly, calling North America their home. Thought I’d take a moment to ask you the following question given the rekindling of my interest in literature: What’s YOUR favorite literary genre? Mine’s horror.


 
 
 

Joining the ranks of “Horror Films I Love That Fall Outside The Cultural Mainstream” is 2013’s A Field in England. Think of it as a more surreal and risible rendition of Tarkovsky’s Stalker that uncannily tackles the horrors of human depravity.


 
 
 

My PC fell into the hands of the living God. Ia, Ia Hastur! :)


 
 
 

TIL that Forbidden Planet predates Silent Hill’s monstrous projection of the human psyche by more than 40 years. Easily could have gone down the traditional baddie path, but I’m glad the 1956 film distinguished itself with this narrative detail.


 
 
 

Watched In The Mouth of Madness the other day, which reminded me to take a gander at Carpenter’s music portfolio and immerse myself in a synthwavy ocean. His composition has aged like mighty fine wine, with Precinct 13’s theme being my favorite.



 
 
 

Seeing Nuns' Island awash with campaign posters for the Quebec election reminds me to find out who's the least Anglophobic of 'em all. PQ and QS can go belly up for all I care, with CAQ being not far behind. QLP seems like my last resort, then.


 
 
 

I know I’m late to the party with this one (The Sinking City and Call of Cthulhu news kept me busy), but Atomic Heart looks increasingly mesmerizing with each new trailer. Has the ingredients for a psychological/supernatural horror-coaster ride.



 
 
 

Remember when I said that The Sinking City and Call of Cthulhu look to be doubling down on mind-mucking goodness? Well, I rest my case.



 
 
 

Found my next psychological horror fix in Nick Cutter’s The Deep. Nightmarish bits had me grinning with anticipation, to say nothing of the Trieste’s baleful aura. Think The Shining, albeit underwater. Barker and King were right to praise it.


 
 
 

Psychological horror will always hold a special place in my heart. The Sinking City looks to be delivering the mind-mucking goods if this latest trailer is any indication of its tone. Good Golly, 2019 can’t come soon enough!



 
 
 

*wakes up to news of TimeSplitters’s rights being acquired by THQ Nordic*


 
 
 

There’s prose and then there’s Ray Bradbury’s artful mastery of it. Fahrenheit 451 may be his best-known novel, but the uncanny Something Wicked This Way Comes can hardly be topped in my eyes. The right books have been finding me as of late.


 
 
 

Finished The Endless. Of all the horror films I’ve watched, this is one of the genre’s more artful and mind-bending outings. Underappreciated compared to most spookfests, even if it ain’t as innermost as Jacob’s Ladder. Please give it a shot.


 
 


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