Category Archives: Creepy Columns

How I’d Ruin It: Transformers

Welcome back to How I’d Ruin It, the article/crackfic pitch series that explores the notion that being a fan of a work of fiction doesn’t mean you’d necessarily be good at writing it, and hooo boy we are plunging down … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Alien Queen

In a previous entry, we discussed how The Alien from Alien was perfectly symbolic of xenophobia, i.e. the fear of what is different or “other.”  However, Alien isn’t a standalone movie – it has several sequels, and as I’ve discussed … Continue reading

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How I’d Ruin It: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s time for another How I’d Ruin It, the article series about how a writer who’s a huge fan of a certain work of fiction can still be absolutely garbage at writing for it, because loving something doesn’t mean you’re … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Alien

Yes, that’s The Alien with a capital A and a capital T to the “the,” because make no mistake: no one would ever confuse any other monster with that title.  Aliens – that is, monsters from outer space – are … Continue reading

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ICHF: The Martians of H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds is technically an Imperial Gothic Horror story. The Imperial Gothic, for those of you who aren’t horror lit nerds, is a subgenre of Gothic Horror that combines the normal themes of evil coming from the … Continue reading

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ICHF: Slender Man

One of the biggest conceits in the horror genre is that the horror, no matter how fantastical and unrealistic it may be, could happen.  Many stories even claim to be true – The Castle of Otranto, the first horror novel, … Continue reading

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ICHF: Nyarlathotep

Perhaps the second most famous eldritch abomination in Lovecraft’s pantheon, Nyarlathotep is something of an oddity among oddities.  If entities like Azathoth and Yog Sothoth are gods, then Nyarlathotep is sort of a dark angel, working as their messenger. Nyarlathotep … Continue reading

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