The CIA writes like Lovecraft, Bureau of Prisons is like Stephen King, & NSA is like...

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Michael from Muckrock writes, "When MuckRock stumbled on I Write Like - a service that lets you see which famous author a given piece of writing resembles - they immediately knew what it was destined for: Helping shed light on on the literary influences of the mysterious FOIA offices they deal with on a daily basis. Fittingly, some offices echo HP Lovecraft's dark horror, while others are more Dan Brown. But you'll never guess which agency seems to take a cue from Cory Doctorow ..." Read the rest

Gunnar Hansen, "Leatherface" from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, RIP

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Gunnar Hansen who Leatherface in Tobe Hooper's iconic splatterpunk film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has died at age 68. Inspired by serial killer Ed Gein, Leatherface work a mask of human skin. From CNN:

After the movie's release, Hansen began a career as a writer and editor, although he eventually returned to acting -- mostly in low-budget horror movies with titles like "Chainsaw Sally" and "Swarm of the Snakehead."

At the time of his death he was developing "Death House," a horror film he had written about a prison break at a secret underground government facility. The movie will be produced next year in Hansen's memory...

And here's the original trailer for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:

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Parents: beware of the Infant Catcherbots

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A poster from Scarfolk, the English horror-town that loops through the decade 1970-1980, over and over, warns of the Infant Catcherbots that roam the town's roads, looking for children whose parents unwisely hid them from the civic trials of the 1970s. Read the rest

Nerd heroes read "There's a Zombie in My Treehouse"

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Len Peralta writes, "Ken Plume, John Robinson and I have been releasing different celebrity readings of our book There's A Zombie In My Treehouse just in time for Halloween. We've been releasing one track a day for the past week and a half up until Halloween. Some of the readers include Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants/Adventure Time), Billy West (Futurama), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and the whole cast of MST3K. Upcoming celebrity readers include The Venture Brothers Doc Hammer and Jackson Public, John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton. It's a fun read and listen for Halloween." Read the rest

Meet the secret new horror mistress of video games

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The delicate, literary works of Kitty Horrorshow are some of my favorite discoveries of 2015.

The Welcome to Night Vale novel dances a tightrope between weird humor and real pathos

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Welcome to Night Vale is the spookiest, funniest podcast on the net and now it's a book that manages the near impossible: balancing precisely on the single-molecule-thick line separating weird humor and real pathos.

The residents of the 'real Silent Hill' want you to leave them alone

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Centralia, PA has been on fire for 53 years, and now it's been dubbed the spiritual home of a deeply-creepy horror series.

Beeswax candles cast from a human spine

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Wisconsin's Gravedigger Candles makes beeswax candles cast from a real human spine, where each vertabra burns for about three hours. Comes in large ($36.80), medium ($25.30) and small ($13.80). Read the rest

How to make "Dracula's dentures" cookie sandwiches

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They've only got four ingredients and unlike many elaborate, fondant-based Hallowe'en treats, they taste good. Read the rest

Calendula is a horror game that will stop you from playing it

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The moment I tried to start the demo for the upcoming horror game Calendula, it broke. "FATAL ERROR," read the pop-up message when I tried to start a new game. "Current video configuration not supported." Read the rest

HOWTO: terrifying Deep Dreaming costume

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Normally, choosing to dress up for Hallowe'en as a sassy pop-culture meme means you're not going as a terrifying monstrosity from our cultural nightmares -- but with the Deep Dreaming costume, you can be both, with dogs! Read the rest

The geometric horror game Euclidean is Lovecraft levels of scary

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Tentacles made of cubes reach for you from within the watery abyss. "You're not supposed to be here," an unseen being informs you as you descend into the first level of the game Euclidean. Deep sea creatures made of shapes swarm, pulse and strain around you—and soon, they notice you. "Everything here will kill you," the voice intones a few moments later. Read the rest

Drive-in snack-bar movie as David Lynchian horror-movie

It's a surprisingly good fit: from the FITC Toronto 2011 Festival. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Behold the multi-ax

For the dwarf who has everything: the $550 Ti-Klax Ax, whose head incorporates 10 tools: Ulu blade, knife, hammer, cutting/gut hook, hex wrench, 1/4" bit drive socket, bottle opener, lanyard hole and carabiner. (via Bruce Sterling) Read the rest

Gory wound bandaids

The actual injury under your Boo-Boo bandage is almost certainly less disturbing than the one printed on its surface. Read the rest

New horror text games give voice to marginalized women

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"Twine horror games can act as catharsis for both creators and players by claiming ownership of fictionalized terror and fear," writes Carli Velocci in Bitch Magazine.

Skeletal, poseable life-size critters

Just got a good ole look at these things at Burbank's spectacular Halloween Town; they're poseable, have a nice, grippy matte foam-rubber finish, and are so swell that I may just go back for the whole set! Read the rest

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