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Those of you who like Order of the Good Death‘s founder Caitlin Doughty’s vlog Ask A Mortician might appreciate this video game which was released last week.
The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts
When I asked a number of acquaintances to name the female spirits that stand out the most in their minds, two names seemed to prevail. Bloody Mary, that apparition every preteen girl dreads seeing in the mirror during a slumber party game, was the first. The second was, if I may quote one respondent, “The girl in The Ring. For me, the scariest are dark-haired, lurchy, wet women. What does that say?!” What does it say? What both of these answers, as well as many others, say, for one thing, is that female ghosts are particularly scary because the source of the pain that keeps them haunting the living world isn’t supernatural at all, but the result of being all too human.
A host of YouTube video playlists from pseudonymica! Haunting Stories and Poetry, Macabre Classical Music, Spooky Silent Movies. BTW, she mentioned she’s having a tough time right now and could use some financial help. If you’re in a place to donate, her paypal address is in a comment.
There is an Edward Gorey Museum!
The Miskatonic AC Club, organized by the originator of the Pittsburgh Department of Zombie Disposal.
Here’s a Kickstarter for the book Becoming Dangerous: A book about ritual and resistance. “Twenty personal essays from witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels on summoning the power to resist.”
What does it mean to call something spooky? An eye-opening read for someone who only knew the noun “spook” as applied to humans when talking about spies or other undercover government agents. Guess this is a good time to more heavily integrate the Tumblr word “spoopy” into my vocabulary.
RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
The complete ghost stories of M.R. James and a podcast based on his works.
A Tor.com article about horror and gaslighting.
Horror exists as a genre primarily to reflect the ugly and the despicable parts of our world back at us through a funhouse lens that makes the trauma digestible. Most fans of horror know this and will tell you so; Frankenstein is about the terrifying possibilities that science and technology might visit on us; Invasion of the Body Snatchers told the story of what happened to a world beset by McCarthyism and Cold War anxieties; Get Out has shown us how the racism of white liberals is every bit as menacing as its more vitriolic counterpart. Some of these lessons are cautionary, which explains all the teenaged kids making bad spring break choices. But some of these lessons are simply mirror images of terrors we know all too well—like a girl telling someone that she isn’t comfortable, and being told in response that she’s the worst kind of downer for daring to admit it.
And a story on Strange Horizons about the final girl.
A few people sent movie recs, but I’m gonna put those in a comment thread. Please feel free to add your own below. Thanks to everyone who sent recommendations. There’s no way I could have put together this collection without you (I think only two of the links are ones I found myself, so bless all you contributors for real).