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  • EtherBot

    BOO!

    Welcome one and all to the Random Writer's Showcase. I apologize for frightening you, friends. But as you can see, I am a ghost.

    In this series, we perform a deep analysis on the selected works of a lesser known author on the wiki, with the goal of discovering what meaning might be able to found there. This special Halloween installment will revolve around the work of Diexilius . Despite being with us since 2014, and accumulating a not-insignificant 3,278 edits since that time, Diex has only two stories, of which we will be discussing all of them.

    Last time we showcased Kolpik, you can read that showcase here.

    We will be reviewing Diexilius' entire released catalogue (two works), so if you have the time or motivation to read both this blo…

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  • EtherBot

    [Wow, it's been a hot second since there's been one of these, but you all haven't stopped writing stories. I had all these traditions. Let's see if I can remember any of them. Uh, I need a catchy opening...]

    Greetings, spooks and specters!

    [There's one. Not bad, I don't think! I usually had some sort of opening gag. A silly joke of some sort ... but I don't know if I'm feeling that right now. We'll call this meta narration the opening gag for today, shall we :P]

    [Let's see. After that I introduce the author whose work we'll be reviewing. This doesn't need to be flashy.]

    We'll be checking out a small sample of the work of Kolpik today. Kolpik's been with us since 2018 but has made an impressive 14k edits since then, and around twenty two storie…

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  • EtherBot

    A while back I wrote a post titled something like "Urban Legends: Are They Dead?" which was sort of my manifesto on horror and urban legends specifically and how those things might have adapted to the internet, if they adapted at all

    I've written a sort of take two, or sequel or what have you, tackling a similar question. I do some in-depth analysis of a few creepypasta stories under a folklore lens. If that kind of thing sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend you read it!

    This essay was written in association with Malkavian Madness and posted on their steam group. I'm not under any obligation to keep it there, but I thought I'd link it instead of paste it here just for the sake of it.

    You can read my essay here: https://steamcommunity…

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  • EtherBot

    In-depth spoilers for Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs


    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a surival horror adventure game developed by Frictional Games for the HPL Engine. As you weave your way through the mysterious, crumbling walls of Brennenburg Castle, you are slowly made aware of your player character's dark past. Your practices, consisting of torture and strange alchemy, kidnapping villagers, and murdering innocents, loop backwards into a story of unknowable forces hunting you down and shadows crawling up the walls, after you come into possession of a strange stone orb in an ancient temple.


    That stone orb represents the first major thread of Amnesia's meaning: accidental or perhaps well intentioned mistakes, or sins,…



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  • EtherBot

    I'm a fan of finding terror in places you don't expect it.

    Spoilers for The Time Machine

    The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, is a beloved sci-fi adventure story following the accounts of an inventor trapped in the far-flung future, and his efforts to decipher the nature of the two eventual evolutions of humanity, divided into the tranquil teddy bear like Eloi, simpleminded humanoids living carefree on the surface, and the Morlocks, a subterranian monster race stalking an intricate web of steel tunnels below the surface...

    What is essentially a delightful time travel story builds up to a climax wherein the Time Traveler managed to daringly escape back to his Time Machine. Then proceeds to undermine the entire story by having said Time Traveler, d…

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