Welp. We've reached maximum over-spook.
Date: 29 Mar 2017 21:22
Number of posts: 60
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Shaggy made us terrified of the sun, you made us afraid of the rain and now someone's got to make overcast weather horrifying. I eagerly await meteorological horror being the theme of Series IV.
It was raining outside and I couldn't think of any ideas for entries so I just decided to write one about rain.
If even one person is hesitant to go outside during rain after reading this I'll consider my job done.
EDIT: A couple of thoughts.
One thing I very deliberately wanted to avoid while writing this was an over-reliance on surreality and body horror, which while very effective, I think tend to be overused on the wiki. I know personally I tend to fall back on both as a crutch, so I wanted to try to expand a bit. Obviously there are elements of both in this, but I was much more trying to capture a psychological/existential type of horror- that of inevitability, of being trapped on a path you have no control over and which only destroy you. As well, the realization that your individuality/life is completely fleeting and meaningless, amplified.
Most of my writing starts from an image and builds from there. I guess way the best way I could describe my writing process is puzzle solving- a start from a small base and have to figure out where to take it from there, how to make it interesting, what to emphasize. Often the best portions of my writing emerge from realizing there was a problem with what I previously had written/the direction I'm headed and scrambling to solve it. The metaphor I use in my head is imagining trying to juggle several ceramic plates at once. Anyway. Enough author wank.
Thanks to Roget, Djkaktus, Bouncl, LordStonefish, DrBleep, Vezaz, AidenEldritch, and anyone else who looked at this in chat for their valuable help.
Chilling. More so than the imagery of everyone in the town being made of water, the real horror comes from the protagonists confronting the reality of their own existence - as much as they think that they are real people, they are recyclable parts of an amorphous mass that is as far as from humanity as can be.
This is pretty good, but it feels… I dunno, it feels like it misses something. Maybe it's just that rain comforts me, and I didn't really think the imagery of the water was very scary.
Edit: Oh yeah, and the overarching theme of everyone being built of puzzle-piece water isn't really built upon before it's revealed.
Great story, perfectly spooky, and a personified rain cycle is a great idea. But I downvoted because this needs a severe line-edit. I mean, there are missing words, even; there should be more polish to a contest entry than that.
Okay, I've gone through and edited if you want to take another look.
Second paragraph of the description: "This portion of the event of ends", but this is the only obvious typo I saw after a fairly diligent look through.
Much better; flipping vote.
Though that hyphen after "memory" should be a colon.
I was under the impression that the two were mostly interchangeable? I've always used hyphens just because of stylistic preference.
I like this but not enough for SCP-3000. There's just not enough schadenfreude here for me. Also, I think the recovered journal should be a collapsible, if not several.
I really hate collapsibles, honestly. I think they're totally superfluous 90% of the time.
Plus if I'm not stretching everyone's screens from the get-go how else will they know what I have to offer?
I resisted so fucking long on putting collapsibles in mine, too. They're just an aesthetic thing. I sold out eventually… gave in to the man…
Also, fantastic article.
I love that you picked a relatively dry state too: just where you think you'd be safest from this sort of thing.
Schadenfreude: pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.
Are you sure that's the word you're looking for, here? Because that's not what I would look for in a horror skip; I mean, I sure don't get pleasure from reading about someone digging through their friend's brains only to find water.
Hmmm…..maybe I'm not using the term correctly. It is one that I only recently learned.
I always thought it mean the kind of titillation you get from reading and hearing real or fictional recounts of dark events, such as mass murders or war. You're not getting direct sadistic pleasure from the people getting hurt and dying, but you can't help but be morbidly fascinated all the same. I thought that was the point of the 3000 contest, and I didn't get that out of this piece, though I would up vote as any other SCP page.
Schadenfreude is more specifically finding comedy in the pain/suffering of others. It's not really a term associated with horror writing.
Oh. So more like reading the Darwin Awards then? In that case, would "morbid fascination" be better?
Schadenfreude might describe the glee you feel if the villain/villain-protagonist of a horror story gets the punishment they richly deserve. If you feel Schadenfreude toward hapless, innocent victims in a story, it might raise some eyebrows.
I'm sorry this just… Doesn't really have any gravity for me at all. It feels like the horror is very wedged and forced and that itd be a lot more intriguing with a melancholy, mysterious angle. It shoots towards a horror that's a cousin of Day Breaks, but it doesn't even approach that for me.
That being said, the idea of the rains living through human avatars is wonderful. Just… Flounders terrifically in the horror department for me.