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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-17 09:33 AM
Ah, the State Bird of Maine :P

Suitably repugnant, and as they all said, a short and pleasant sub to read, yet chock full of info. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-16 05:21 PM
This is really well done and nicely put together...as a list of facts about imaginary bugs...but I get it. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-10-17 08:20 AM
They would have to rely on the big, oblivious creatures, as humans would have to be dead asleep, paralysed or tied up not to fight back against these monsters! I imagine corking one of these with a club would be good sport :)

Or if they are Japanese Hornet agile,then that swamp can just adventure itself, thank you very much.

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Gossamer's comment on 2013-10-14 02:28 PM
Best Oekaki I've read. Very professional layout, good content. Go to Comment
Alicia 'Mad Alice' Napier
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-10-08 11:24 AM
Probably a pic, reload the page ;) Go to Comment
Alicia 'Mad Alice' Napier
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-10-10 11:00 AM
All three images are sourced from the same website, but here is one from another site, same pic:

http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/121/1213773/batman-characters-created-for-tv-and-film-20111201023500766-000.jpg Go to Comment
Alicia 'Mad Alice' Napier
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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-08 11:00 AM


A very well written and "powerful" character!! If you were going for "disturbing", you have succeeded! True madness revealed.



In a movie, she would be played by Sheri Moon Zombie!!!!



ok, i'll ask. What in the world is that rectangle in the middle of the sub?



another Plothook: Against all the odds, Mad Alice is somehow capture by authorities. The clowns go ballistic, and plan on springing her via an all-out assault on the precinct (she has not been incarcerated quite yet). The PCs are guarding the precinct. One of the other officers on duty is really one of the clowns, or on their payroll. Goal: Survive the night, do NOT let Mad Alice escape.

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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-08 11:29 AM
I refreshed a few times. Still rectangle :( Go to Comment
Alicia 'Mad Alice' Napier
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Murometz's comment on 2013-10-10 10:50 AM
Am i the only one who sees that little rectangle?? In the middle of "The Fall"?

Right after..."its value was completely and totally ruined". Right before..."No one ever said Alicia Napier was anything but shallow." Go to Comment
Alicia 'Mad Alice' Napier
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valadaar's comment on 2013-10-10 10:33 AM
Quite the backstory for quite the villain. Grotesquely done Scras!
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Renlim's comment on 2013-10-08 12:01 PM
This is one of the most interesting villains I've read about in some time. Kudos! Go to Comment
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Gossamer's comment on 2013-10-18 06:47 AM
I also see the rectangle. Anyways, the visuals described in her apartment was my favorite part, that and the plothooks. Go to Comment
7 Things about Lovecraftian Fiction
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Scrasamax's comment on 2013-10-17 02:24 PM
That's #7 TPK

There are no happy endings. Judgement Day can not be averted, Freddy can not be killed, and sometimes the heroes are written down in history as criminals. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-02-12 07:21 AM
Awesome comment is awesome.

I like the exposition of the academic/disconnected perspective, and I would venture that the theme of corruption would probably be under nameless horror entry, and then link it back to the TPK as you mentioned. Very excellent discourse. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2014-03-12 03:52 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Chaosmark's comment on 2013-10-02 07:01 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-02-11 07:40 PM


I think this is a smart concise dissection of the genre. Insightful is a good word for it. But I think two things are left out that are very common to the genre.



1) I have noticed in Lovecraftian fiction that there is often a strong emotional detachment in the tone pieces. The works are often use an academic or clinical dissection of the events. The most obvious case of this is the afore mentioned Mountains of Madness, but also The Lurking Fear, The Dunwhich Horror and even Rats in the Walls all sort of have strong emotional detachment. Consider in Rats in the Walls when the protagonist discusses his invalid son with an almost off hand matter of fact tone. In modern Lovecraftian fiction there is a clinical tone to it. Consider reading the "The Ugly Chickens" by Howard Waldrop and see if this does not strike you as having a Lovecraftian tone.



However, this tone may not be Lovecraftian and something more about the puritanical English approach to horror. Certainly true in Bram Stoker's Dracula (the book) was that Western Europeans could use reason, discipline and a scientific method to describe and thus defeat the vampire. In something like the Exorcist it is the failure of reasoning that is scary. I think that this scientific view or psuedo-scientific view that I believe runs through Lovecraftian fiction adds strongly to the next point.



2) I feel that the second essential part of Lovecraftian fiction is the corruption. Somebody may claim this is what was meant by total party kill or secrete societies but they would miss the point of this. Total Party Kill is a sad ending and secrete societies are part of that horror in our own backyard theme. Corruption is the idea that horror and destruction are contagious. Take the story "The Lurking Fear" for example here you have the corruption of the Dutch settlers as the primary conclusion of the piece and the realization of which disturbs the narrator. In Event Horizon or In the Mouth of Madness you have the "turning" of the reasonable hero. The Color Out of Space the farm is corrupted, Rats in the Walls the Virginian is corrupted, and in Shadow Over Innsmouth of course you have the *spoiler* the narrator finding out that he is part of that gold mining fish cult-so kind of corrupted.



Thanks for driving this discussion.

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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-12 02:24 PM
I never liked the corruption aspect of the Lovecraft's stories though, and that is why I wanted to separate it. Did it really matter if they were brother and sister in the Dunwhich Horror or that crab armed mole people were the Dutch colonists in The Nameless Fear? Indeed finding out that there was human corruption that lead to these horror takes away from the nameless horror part. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-10-09 08:25 AM
Great!

Love Lovecraftian stuff :)


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The Bull's comment on 2013-10-02 03:12 AM
Very well written and most useful not only for writing fictions.

Thanks for sharing it with us. Go to Comment
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