Fark Annual Scary Story Thread

October 30th, 2014

Tomorrow is Halloween, which means it’s time for the annual Fark Scary Story Thread. And after some eight years of submitting links for this thread, this one finally get’s greenlit!

Here are the links to threads from previous years:

  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • While you’re here, feel free to check out some of my other freaky/creepy/scary/silly Halloween posts.

    Your Creepy Halloween Spider Post

    October 30th, 2014

    I’m running out of Halloween season, so it’s time for a post on that perennial source of creepiness: Spiders.

    There are few things that triggers our primal fear reflex more than spiders, so here’s a Whitman’s Spider Sampler of Creepiness.

  • Here’s a family whose house was infested with deadly brown recluses.
  • If you’re afraid of spiders, you almost certainly don’t want to work at a tarantula farm.
  • An encounter with the South American Goliath birdeater spider whose feet can stretch a foot in diameter.
  • I’ve tried to avoid the common gifs everyone’s already seen, but I am intrigued by this completely unconvincing, yet oddly unnerving film snippet, and I’d like to know what (presumably silent) film it’s from:

    Here’s the exceptionally creepy spider attack from The Mist:

    And here’s Cyriak’s deeply disturbing “Cobwebs”:

    Let’s end on a lighter note. There’s a Simon’s Cat with a spider:

    And this:

    It’s Short, And I Laughed

    October 30th, 2014

    Sometimes that’s enough…

    The Silliest Horror Movie Poster I’ve Seen All Week

    October 28th, 2014

    Noted without comment…

    Yes, there’s a trailer.

    Looks like they were aiming for a cross between 80s T&A horror films and direct to SyFy…

    Halloween: Freaky Filipino Drag Queen Cover of “I Will Always Love You”

    October 27th, 2014

    It’s a good thing I already hate this song…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Starfire Connective Sound’s “To Dream You Are Floating Drunk Among The Storm”

    October 26th, 2014

    I think that Starfire Connective Sound is the shoegaze/post-rock embodiment of Brazilian musician Al Schenkel. “To Dream You Are Floating Drunk Among The Storm” has a percussive edge that’s a bit closer to the post-rock end of things.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Drops

    October 22nd, 2014

    Behold:

    Is that mecha-Stark, or Ultron in Stark armor fighting Hulk?

    I’m there.

    Shoegazer Sunday: La Hell Gang’s “So High”

    October 19th, 2014

    You don’t have to be a fan of drug-references to enjoy Chilian band La Hell Gang’s echoey, spaced-out “So High”.

    They’re evidently on tour in the U.S. right now…

    Library Addition: Lord John Film Festival

    October 17th, 2014

    This is one of those cases of coming across something on eBay and going, “Yes, I do want that.”

    Yellin, Herb. Lord John Film Festival. Lord John Press, 2006. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, new and unread. Signed by Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison and Janet Leigh.

    Lord John Film

    Lord John Film sig

    Yellin was the owner of Lord John Press, and this book is a miscellanea of remembrances and appreciations of various films interspersed with examples from his large collection of signed movies photos, posters, lobby cards, etc.

    I was briefly worried when I realized that Bloch died in 1994, and Janet Leigh in 2004, but the book has evidently been in production for quite a while. A copy up on Amazon is signed by the same five people, but the signatures look slightly different.

    Lord John was an interesting, eclectic press, with both genre and mainstream books (along with signed Gerald R. Ford books). I have a significant fraction of their SF/F/H output, but don’t have Stephen King’s Dolan’s Cadillac.

    Build Your Own Electric God!

    October 16th, 2014

    Not many people read Frankenstein and think “Hey, what a swell idea! I should try that!”

    But John Murray Spear was not an ordinary man. Nor did he think so small as to merely attempt to create a living creature with electricity. No, Spear thought much bigger than that.

    He wanted to use electricity to build his own God.

    Spear was a former Unitarian minister who had been driven out of more than one church for his strange ideas (oh those straight-laced Unitarians and their rigid dogmas!) who took a turn toward spiritualism right after the Fox sisters started toe-tapping shenanigans. In 1853, supposedly following the instructions of a cadre of spirit guides (including Benjamin Franklin) he called the “Electricizers,” Spear and his followers began construction of his his electrical messiah, dubbed “New Motive Power,” on a hilltop in Lynn, Massachusetts.

    “From the center of the table rose two metallic uprights connected at the top by a revolving steel shaft. The shaft supported a transverse steel arm from whose extremities were suspended two large steel spheres enclosing magnets. Beneath the spheres there appeared [..] a very curiously constructed fixture, a sort of oval platform, formed of a peculiar combination of magnets and metals. Directly above this were suspended a number of zinc and copper plates, alternately arranged, and said to correspond with the brain as an electric reservoir. These were supplied with lofty metallic conductors, or attractors, reaching upward to an elevated stratum of atmosphere said to draw power directly from the atmosphere. In combination with these principal parts were adjusted various metallic bars, plates, wires, magnets, insulating substances, peculiar chemical compounds, etc… At certain points around the circumference of these structures, and connected with the center, small steel balls enclosing magnets were suspended. A metallic connection with the earth, both positive and negative, corresponding with the two lower limbs, right and left, of the body, was also provided.

    Once it was given life, New Motive Power was supposed to usher in a new era of heaven on earth.

    After 9 months, they tried to give it life. Let me spoil the suspense for you: Didn’t work, though Spear claimed it did twitch feebly for a few minutes. Later it was supposedly torn apart by a mob of enraged townspeople.

    Spear spent the rest of his life promoting spiritualism, free love, and socialism. (Speaking of gods that failed…)

    I wonder if anyone has written the steampunk horror story where Spear succeeded, only to discover that building an electrical god based on instructions received from spirits turns out to be a really bad idea