When It's Dark, You Don't Know Who You're Playing With!
My not-so-mysterious backstory
When I was a kid, I used to spend many hot summer nights sleeping in the attic at my grandparents’ house. It was a small and chilly place with an old tv, filled to the brim with dusty old books. At night tree branchers would creep behind the windows. If the nights were windy, they would knock on the window, mimicking how a stranger could be knocking at the front door.
While in the attic, since nobody would control what I was doing, I used to watch re-airings of horror movies. Here I first saw ”The Thing”, ”Misery” and ”The Evil Dead”, just to name a few.
In the stack of books, I found and used to read a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories called “At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels”. At the time, I did not understand how important these stories were to the horror genre. Sadly, I do not possess the book anymore after it got destroyed in a house fire. Coincidence? Yet, the bigger mystery is how that book ended up in my grandparents’ attic in the first place? There was no way my, for example, religious grandmother that did not speak in English would have bought a book like that.
Between the phantasms of nightmare and the realities of the objective world a monstrous and unthinkable relationship was crystallizing, and only stupendous vigilance could avert still more direful developments. / H.P. Lovecraft, The Dreams in the Witch House
The "problem" with horror content online
As you can tell, horror, sensitive topics, and dark themes are close and dear to my heart.
Yet, nowadays, you are not allowed to talk about H.P. Lovecraft without being branded a racist. And… Not to make this into a never-ending list, if you show, mention, write, speak, etc. about content relating to horror, mental health, or other “sensitive” topics, you might get banned, demonetizes, or canceled on different platforms like Youtube, Twitch. Other people like Ragnarrox have posted videos explaining how these practices are harmful to the horror community.
Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym. / Stephen King
Do you know what I did last summer?
I previously made a publication on medium.com called “A Taste of Madness” to dabble with content creation surrounding horror. We can argue about how successful it was, but I did enjoy it. Yet, for the last couple of years, I had to stop this venture to defend both my Bachelor and Master thesis.
At first, I thought that all the hype that I created on Medium would disappear, but I was happily surprised that people still kept reading, liking, following, and sometimes even commenting on my posts.
On the other hand, every time I thought of or looked at my publication, I would feel bad for not being able to work on it more. I believed that the people who followed me deserved to hear from me again. That because of those people, the publication should be kept alive by force… Like Frankenstein…
That is why I am creating darkfolklore.com. I want to continue working on the community that I was starting to build on my publication, and I want this site to function as a place where content relating to horror might exist and even thrive.
My evil scheme to fix this
Currently, I want to start small by continuing what I already started on my “A Taste of Madness” publication by writing horror game reviews and sharing my game design projects.
As I get back on this roller-coaster, I will start upgrading both the quality and quantity of the content:
- Rather than sticking to blog post writing, I will introduce new forms of content delivery systems like podcasting and Let’s play streaming.
- Rather than just writing about horror video games, I will expand my list of topics to like taking care of your mental health, different mediums of horror like movies and books, etc.
- I will, based on your recommendations, update the website’s functionality to support the growth of our community.
How can you help?
Icelandic folklore tells us about a cat called Jólakötturinn; a giant and vicious creature that lurks about the snowy countryside during Christmas time (Yule) and eats people who have not received any new clothes before Christmas Eve.
Right now, I am like one of these guys with no clothes. Even though I love this project and will keep working on it if you wish to support it so that I could work on it more and gain extra funds to upgrade the quality of content and the website itself, and would not get eaten by the Jólakötturinn since “Winter is Coming”… Eventually.
I would appreciate it if you would become a monthly donor to darkfolklore.com and the content that I create.
If such a contribution is not possible, that is completely fine. You can still contribute by signing up for the website with a free account or sharing my content with other people that might enjoy it, starting discussions in the comments sections, giving me feedback by filling out surveys, etc.
I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other. / Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
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