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Immune to Alien Abduction: Why Aphantasia Ain’t So Bad After All

It’s embarrassing to admit now, but one of my first great fears in life was alien abduction. One of my earliest clear memories, in fact, is walking into the living room while my dad was watching a Discovery Channel documentary on the subject. I must’ve been around six or seven, which probably explains why the sight of a re-enacted gray shoving a needle into an abductee’s neck left me screaming. And so began my second greatest phobia (right behind spiders).

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5 Creepy-Spooky Books For Halloween

It’s that time of the year again. The witches gather for their black masses, the dead rise from their graves, and spooky books are in vogue even for people who normally don’t touch horror. Since trick-or-treating may be off the table this year, here’s 5 creepy-spooky books for Halloween (best enjoyed with spiced cider) for you to dig into as the logs burn low and the ghosts swarm.

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5 Tips To Make Your Invisible Sun Campaign Memorable

Between its gloriously bizarre setting and its player-driven storytelling, there’s something truly magical about Monte Cook Games’ Invisible Sun. If you’re running a campaign in the Actuality, or thinking about dipping your toes in, here are five tips to make your group’s narrative even more magical and memorable. Continue reading 5 Tips To Make Your Invisible Sun Campaign Memorable

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Cthulhu Sucks! Why Everyone Does Lovecraftian Horror Wrong

Let me get this out of the way: my love of reading was largely sparked by the work of H.P. Lovecraft. There’s not much to be said about him that hasn’t already been said by somebody older and smarter than I am; the influences the man had on the horror genre speak for themselves at this point. Admittedly, many of his stories have not aged well into 2020, but nobody can deny that he’s left his mark on popular culture in a massive way. Since most if not all of his work is now available in the public domain, the last decade has seen a massive influx in the number of books, games, movies, and comics that either overtly or more subtly reference Lovecraft’s work. And this absolutely kills me, because it’s so rare that I’ve seen anybody get Lovecraftian horror right in the modern era.

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