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mark211Incongruous horrors that nevertheless work? 2017-09-17 13:56:16
mark211Hello there and thanks to Ironspider, dandrew72, Gordon Rowlinson, Modelling_Mushi, Michele Dutcher, and scribbler for all their music playlist suggestions in last week’s discussion. Now then, as October fast approaches now would be as good a time as any to start thinking about horror fiction. Inspired in part by scribbler’s playlist suggestion of Miles Davis "Kind of Blue", I thought I would invite the good people of QM to come up with some freeform horror concepts – things that seem incongruous on the surface, but kind of work somehow. 2017-09-17 13:56:26
mark211What do I mean? Well, for instance, a vampire made of wood that desiccates trees, sucking them dry of moisture and sap, and thereby devastating whatever world it visits; a group of men and women that long to become robots, living robotty lives (rather than the reverse where the robot seeks to live life as a human) – but where the robots refuse to help them; a prison complex where all the inmates are ghosts and all the guards are human (so that the ghosts are generally afraid of the humans rather than the reverse). I make no claims for the quality of those examples, but hopefully they help you get the idea at least. 2017-09-17 13:56:35
r.tornelloTRUMP and his appoinytees EPA, SCOUTUS, HHS and others for starters. But not for us old farts (they'll just kill us), its our children and grandchildren I'm thinking about.2017-09-17 15:18:08
GordonRowlinsonI didn't think of this, but I wish I did. In 1985, Stephen King wrote a great short story called The Jaunt. Jaunting is teleporting people over distances similar to Star Trek. It sounds high tech and non-scary. However in the King story, when you teleport, time stops when you are in between distances. When time stops, it seems like eternity and you go mad. To stop going mad, people went through the Jaunt machine unconscious. Of course someone tries to go through fully conscious. I guess if you think hard enough you can turn non-scary things into scary situations.2017-09-19 10:53:23
r.tornelloUnfortunately, the incongruous horrors that we have here in Washington DaCapital don't seem to work at all.2017-09-20 04:51:12
dandrew72This is a very interesting topic and one I haven't really explored before. The idea of wooden vampires seems interesting - not going to steal your idea mark211 but rather, I'm wondering about similar applications. A vampire robot that feasts on data somehow? I'll have to dwell on this one and see what I can come up with. 2017-09-22 19:25:30

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