Grief and Monsters

I’m not writing a typical Monster of the Week post this week. After this weekend’s massacre, I’ve struggled with many feelings. Pain, anger, defiance – worst of all, the insidious feeling of powerlessness. We’ve all heard the saying about pens and swords. Against an AR-15, my words do not feel very mighty. I tried to […]

Monster of the Week: Mammoth Trampoline

This week’s post delves into the world of meta monsters, those devious little suckers that everyone who has ever tried programming has come to fear (while grudgingly accepting their inevitability) — bugs. Uh, in this case, it’s a mammoth-shaped bug. Let’s take it back to Skyrim, Bethesda’s fifth Elder Scrolls game released in 2011 and […]

Monster of the Week: The Goatman

Where to even begin with this one? Should I start with the reports of a half-man, half-goat monster terrorizing Maryland teens at the local lovers’ lane, supposedly the result of a mad scientist’s experiment-gone-wrong? Or the creature rumored to lure his victims to their deaths on a railroad trestle near Kentucky’s Pope Lick Creek—where, just yesterday, a young woman […]

Fire Keese, which is Hylian for "oh shit it's a fucking fire bat"

Monster of the Week: Fire Bats

Okay, so, first off: Fuck these guys. Seriously. If you’ve ever played a Zelda game, chances are you’ve run into these guys. They’re bats— Okay, because I know somebody’s gonna feel the need to jump in and correct me: technically they’re called keese, not bats. But c’mon. They’re bats. —So they’re bats that flop around above you, […]

Negative Space

Last week, I went to the Welcome to Night Vale touring live show, Ghost Stories. It was nice—I don’t get out to see live theater as much as I would like. Without giving anything away about the show’s plot, there were a few bold moments that stuck with me: bold uses of silence. Why do […]