THE TROOP BY NICK CUTTER
This is a horror novel by Craig Davidson, under the pen name Nick Cutter. The novel is about a small boy scout troop camping on an island in Canada. There they encounter a man infected with deadly parasitic worms. Terror spreads when they learn that infection happens rapidly from a single touch. It’s basically a modern take of Lord of the Flies with some gooey body horror goodness.
It was recommended to me by a friend from my D&D group. I read it and loved it. I highly recommend giving it a read.
#book #horror #recommendation
Hello boys and ghouls, gather round
Got some stories to share today
It's a... scream come true, EHEHEHHEHE!
The Rainbow of Terror: Resurrection Mothafuckas!
This marks the fifth year of the Rainbow of Terror, where I create a number of writing challenges for a different portal, all centered around my favorite holiday Halloween.
I'm also hoping to do something a little different this year. My hopes is that we can come together and make an anthology book with our stories. Obviously these stories won't be published right away. We're basically writing rough drafts at this point. With some time and feedback from one another we can perfect our stories to publish into an anthology book. I'm hoping we can finish this project by Halloween next year.
You know the rules and so do I. I will choose the winners for each challenge. The winners will go on to help building our anthology. I will grade each entry based on the following:
1) How well the entry fits the prompt/description.
2) How well it ties into the theme of Halloween/horror.
3) Overall creativity and fun.
Keep in mind that not all challenges are not meant to be part of the anthology. Only the ones that state "write a short story" are for the anthology. The others are meant to be just good fun. To make it interesting I will not only choose one but two stories to help build the anthology. So please enter as many challenges and craft as many stories as you can.
If you have any questions, please message me. While these challenges end in about 3 weeks, you are still free to write and post your stories if you're interested in participating in creating an anthology book. You are also free to write it however you fill comfortable. Make it PG, PG-13, R? Go for it! Please tag me and many others to your work!
Prompt: Trick Or Treat!
Description: Write a horror story involving trick-o-treaters or Halloween Day.
Word Count: 20-2500
Prompt: There's a monster under the bed!
Description: Write a horror story from the perspective of a child who believes there may be a monster lurking under their bed or in their closet.
Word Count: 100-2000
Prompt: Old Witch's Tale
Description: Write a horror story centering around a witch that lives either near or in a forest.
Word Count: 25-4000
Prompt: Cryptids: Creatures of Mystery
Description: Write a creepy story about a run-in with a cryptid (Sasquatch, Mothman, Jersey Devil, etc.)
Word Count: 100-2000
Prompt: Paranormal Witness
Description: Have you ever encountered something paranormal before? Ever saw a ghost? Ever witnessed a cryptid such as Bigfoot or the Mothman or the Michigan Dogman? Fill free to share your story.
Word Count: 15-3000
Prompt: Spooky stories around the campfire!
Description: Write your own ghost story to tell around the campfire.
Word Count: 100-1000
Prompt: Pride & Terror
Description: Write a short horror story with LGBT themes.
Word Count: 25-2500
Prompt: Body Horror
Description: Write a bone-chilling story involving body horror. Give me something grotesque and disgusting.
Word Count: 100-1500
Prompt: Cosmic Horror
Description: Write a horror story involving cosmic horror (otherwise known as Lovecraftian horror). A tale where cosmic beings are in control and humanity is nothing but an insignificant pawn in their game, and the sanity of the main protagonist is truly put to the ultimate test.
Word Count: 20-2000
Prompt: Dying... of Laughter!
Description: Write a story that will scare me and make me laugh.
Word Count: 35-3500
Prompt: The Lost Journal
Description: Write a story centered around a journal found in some disclosed location. It is up to you how you want the story to go.
Word Count: 100-10000
SIX WORD STORY
Prompt: Guess Boo! Round Three!
Description: These guessing challenges seem to be a major hit each October. Time for another round. For those new here this is a guessing game of sorts. What you have to do is think of a topic that is often associated with horror, and then write out three lines, six words each, that describes what you are so everyone can guess in the comments. The topic can be a scary movie (Jaws, The Exorcist, Aliens), a scary TV show (American Horror Story, Walking Dead, Goosebumps), a scary game (Dead Space, Ouija), or a scary book (Dracula, Frankenstein). Or the topic can be some sort of monster, masked killer, or whatever that is associated with horror. Or it can be real people that are often associated with the horror genre like writers Stephen King, Mary Shelley, and George A. Romero. I’ll start off with an example so you all can follow. Winner will goes to the one that stumps the most people, myself included.
Word Count: 18-18
Prompt: Satanic Panic
Description: The Satanic Panic was a time during the 70s and 80s where fundamentalist Christians tried to warn the public that Satanists were in charge and influencing the youth with Dungeons and Dragons. Write about what you know of the Satanic Panic and if you've ever experienced this bizarre phenomena.
Word Count: 15-1500
Prompt: Share and Scare!
Description: What horror novel/short story have you read and recommend everyone check out?
Word Count: 15-250
Prompt: FPS - First-Person Scare
Description: What's the scariest video game you've ever played?
Word Count: 15-1500
#themechallenges #halloween #horror #fun #happyhalloween
Harry Situation Reviews: Venom: Let There Be Carnage
“When I get out, and I will, there’s gonna be carnage.”
-Cletus Kasady, Venom
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the new Marvel/Sony sequel featuring everyone’s favorite brain-eating alien symbiote, starring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Naomi Harris, and was this time directed by Andy Serkis.
Tom Hardy reprises his role as Eddie Brock and Venom as they go up against their greatest foe, the serial killer Cletus Kasady (played by Woody Harrelson), who has now bonded with a symbiote to become Carnage. That’s really all the info you need about this movie, honestly. It’s Venom versus Carnage. It’s Carnage finally on the big screen. I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was a kid. Aside from Venom and Doctor Octopus, Carnage is next favorite villain on the Spider-Man rogues totem pole.
While I enjoyed the first film as a fun-dumb superhero movie there were areas that could use some improvement in order to be a good superhero movie. Enter Let There Be Carnage!
First positive obviously goes to Tom Hardy for his portray as Eddie Brock and Venom. It does a great job portraying both of these characters that you forget that it’s all one guy. It makes you feel like there are actually two individuals onscreen talking and bickering. Their relationship in this movie certainly has taken in The Odd Couple direction, which works in its favor. The two characters had great chemistry and some funny lines that got me laughing a lot. Personally I still prefer Venom to be a villain but he’s winning me over as an anti-hero.
In my review of the first Venom I said that the villain in that movie was generic and forgettable as fuck. Not Cletus Kasady. Aside from Eddie and Venom, Cletus Kasady/Carnage, along with Woody Harrelson’s amazing portrayal, was a show stealer. He was great. He was everything from the comics. In the comics he was a sadistic serial killer who becomes a dangerous sociopathic alien menace, and all of that is brought to the big screen in beautiful red and black. The guy is murdering people and trashing cop cars. It’s all you can ask for from Carnage, except for one little thing that I will bring up when I talk about the negatives.
This whole film has been building up to the third act where Venom and Carnage finally duke it out and it was awesome. Like I said it’s something I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Now if they can get Spider-Man involved it will be a dream come true.
Now for the major issue of this movie: it really should have been R-rated. Seriously, I know I’ve made a few complaints in past reviews of comic book movies having an unnecessary R-rating like Birds of Prey and a couple DC animated movies but the thing is I felt those stories really didn’t need to be R-rated. However some certain comic book characters should be R-rated like Deadpool and The Suicide Squad. This movie definitely should have had an R-rating. The reason being if you’re gonna have Carnage be in this movie you have to go all out on the violence. He’s way more violent and destructive in the comics. Take my word for it. There’s a story where Carnage decapitates someone on an airplane and tosses the head down the aisle like it was a bowling ball. Plus these two characters eat people’s brains. Imagine a Venom movie where you see either Venom or Carnage just chomp some poor sucker’s head off and we see it in such graphic detail. Without the R-rating we’re not exactly seeing these two at what they’re really capable of.
Overall I didn’t have much expectations going into this movie. I just wanted another fun-dumb comic book movie. However I got something more. It was a great improvement over the last film and Andy Serkis did a damn good job in the director’s chair. So did I enjoy Let There Be Carnage? Yes, we did!
-Tom Hardy as Venom
-Woody Harrelson as Carnage
-Venom vs Carnage
-Should have been R-rated
Final Grade: B
So those are my thoughts on Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Eddie Brock: “She didn’t want our help.”
Venom: “She didn’t know that she wanted our help. There’s a difference.”
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Harry Situation Reviews: Amphibia Season 2
Amphibia is back!
One of Disney’s best animated series to date returns with a second season. Anne and the Plantar family all make their way to Newtopia to learn more about the mysterious music box that transported Anne and her friends to this new world, while also looking for her friend Marcy (voiced by Haley Tju). Elsewhere, Sasha and Captain Grime make plans to conquer Newtopia in the name of the Toad Army while the king of Amphibia, King Andrias (voiced by David Keith), has plans of his own that are unfolding throughout the season. Secrets are revealed and adventure awaits.
Pretty much everything I said in my review of the first season can repeated here. The voice cast is still outstanding. The characters are all lovable and fun. And the animation is still top notch. I’m not sure what more I could say about it.
I suppose I could talk about some of the new elements introduced this season. For starters lets talk about the new locations. Season Two really does explore the world of Amphibia as Anne and the Plantars travel from the comforts of Wartwood to the glorious kingdom of Newtopia. I loved the fact that we got to explore more of the world of Amphibia. That was something we were severely lacking in the first season. Finally we leave the familiarity and oddity of Wartwood and truly see what is in Amphibia. We learn there are new towns, new locations, and explore the kingdom of Newtopia. Amphibia feels huge.
Let’s also touch upon a couple of new characters introduced in the series, Marcy and King Andrias. I’ve only heard Haley Tju from one other show, voicing Stella from The Loud House. But I think she’s definitely got a long career in voice acting coming. She was just great, and Marcy is such a likeable character. She’s smart, nerdy, kind, courageous, and compliments Anne. A far cry from Sasha (who is still a great character too). I also like King Andrias. Probably because he’s voiced by Keith David, Disney voicing veteran, having voiced Goliath from Gargoyles and Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. He’s got a ton of charm while also harboring a secret agenda.
The writing team have truly out done themselves this season. There were a lot of funny jokes, some good easter eggs and references, but also a ton of heart and drama. I couldn’t believe how serious this series gets. Not gonna lie there was one episode that got me a little teary-eyed. If you’ve been watching this series you know what I’m talking about. But the best episode this whole season was the second season finale. Holy shit, what an epic ending. Obviously I won’t reveal what goes on but it is the best episode in regards to writing, directing, music, and animation.
The only negative I can think of is Sasha and Captain Grime. They weren’t bad by any means, hell far from it. And they had a couple segments focusing solely on them. I just wish we had more. Seriously, I want more episodes with these two characters. They’re both so nasty and delightful. We should have gotten more episodes with just the two of them.
Within less than a month away Amphibia will debut its third and final season. As much as that kinda bites I think having only three seasons is good. Avatar: The Last Airbender only lasted three seasons and it wrapped up a fantastic story. That’s all Amphibia really needs to do as well. Disney has made one of the best animated shows in recent years and I look forward to the upcoming final season. Sure it will be sad when it ends but as the old saying goes, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”.
-Amazing voice cast
-New and lovable characters
-Need more Sasha and Grime
Final Grade: A+
So those are my thoughts on season two of Amphibia. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts on it? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Sprig Plantar: “You know I always wondered: can you miss someone you’ve never actually knew?”
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Harry Situation Reviews: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings of Power is a new Marvel martial arts superhero film, starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Fala Chen, Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, Ben Kingsley, and Benedict Wong.
Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu) was living an ordinary life until his past comes back to haunt him. Before he was working as a valet but it turns out he actually has connections to the Ten Rings terrorist organization (the same group that kidnapped Tony Stark in the first Iron Man), led by his father, the Mandarin (played by Tony Leung).
I’m gonna be real: I know next to nothing about Shang-Chi. I’ve never read any of the comics. I wasn’t even aware that this was a thing until now. Because of my lack of knowledge I was all the more excited to see this movie. I mean I didn’t know anything about the Guardians of the Galaxy before I saw the first movie and I loved that movie. So did the same thing happen with Shang-Chi? You bet your ass it did.
First positive is our titular hero Shang-Chi. Simu Liu was just perfect casting. Usually Marvel & Disney picks the right people for the roles and this one’s no exception. It’s incredibly likeable. I think from the first few scenes we see him in I already liked him. And he’s a total badass.
The next positive is our villain, the Mandarin. Yeah, I know technically his character’s name is Xu Wenwu and his character doesn’t really associate with that name, but since he’s got the ten rings of power - and he’s nothing like Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin - I’m calling him the Mandarin. It’s actually a very compelling, sympathetic villain. This is the kind of villain we’ve been lacking in the MCU (aside from Loki, Thanos, Vulture, Mysterio, Hela, Killmonger, Ultron, Ego, and those are the only MCU villains I can think of). He’s menacing. He’s a great foil for our heroes. And you actually understand his position. You don’t necessarily agree with his actions but you understand them. Also, Tony Leung was just fantastic. Again, perfect casting.
A lot of the side characters like Awkwafina are great too. They have a ton of personality and just so likeable whenever they’re on screen. Hell, even Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery was actually tolerable in this movie. If I ever get the chance to review Iron Man 3 you’ll know why I hated what they did with the character of “the Mandarin” in that movie.
This film also has some of the best fight sequences I’ve seen in any superhero movie. A lot of it reminds me of stuff from old Jackie Chan movies or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Much of the fighting and stunt work are done by the actors themselves so it makes for a more realistic experience. Very little CGI is used in these action scenes and when CGI is used it blends perfectly.
I love all the fantasy elements woven into this movie too. We get to explore and witness so much Asian mythology from locations to creatures in this movie. It was a blast to see on screen.
Speaking of Asian culture, gotta give this movie some mad props on its representation on Asian culture. It is done with perfection and respect. And this is a company who was notorious in the past for stereotyping ethnic groups. Disney certainly has come a long way from its roots. While I don’t necessarily respect them as a global company hellbent on world domination, I can at least respect them for showing positive representation.
This was honestly one of the best films I’ve seen all year. It was great to see an origin story but done so with a new edge. After watching this movie, I definitely want to look up Shang-Chi and read more of his comics. If you’re a Marvel/superhero fan this one’s a must see for everyone.
-Fantastic action & fights
Final Grade: A+
So those are my thoughts on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews as we approach my 350th review!
Jiang Nan: “You are a product of all who came before you, the legacy of your family. You are your mother. And whether you like it or not, you are also your father.”
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Harry Situation Reviews: Malignant
Well, now I know why James Wan didn't direct The Conjuring 3. He was too busy making a better horror movie.
Malignant is a new supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, one of my favorite film directors to date. The story centers around a woman (played by Annabelle Wallis) who keeps having visions of people getting murdered. Turns out those vision are coming true and are all connected to an imaginary friend she once had as a child named Gabriel. However Gabriel may be all too real and malevolent as it stalks her and kills anyone connected to her.
I think there are two things that drew me to this movie: James Wan and horror. There’s a reason why James Wan has become such a great director. He can tackle any genre and make it entertaining. He did Furious 7 and Aquaman, but really what he excels best at is in the horror genre with films such as Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring. So how did his new horror project turn out? Let’s talk about it.
First positive goes to actress Annabelle Wallis. She was really good in this movie. I felt her pain and her terror throughout this movie. She was one of the best parts of the movie. The other best part was this film's villain Gabriel. He was an effective horror villain. There's a big mystery on how him and Annabelle Wallis' character are connected but trust me it makes sense in the end.
I really dug into the story too. The mystery of Gabriel. Why Annabelle Wallis is seeing these grisely murders as if she was present. What her adopted family may or may not know about her past. The whole backstory behind Gabriel and Wallis. Everything about this story I was hooked from start to finish.
This movie also had some pretty effective scares too. I mean, it's a horror movie. It's gotta have some scares right? And there were a few that jumped out. Thankfully, no jumpscares.
But this film has one helluva great twist in the third act. There's a revelation about Gabriel that blew my mind. Hell, I was visible disturbed to find out what Gabriel really was. It shocked me hard. Honestly I wasn't expecting something like this but after reflecting on all of his victims it makes perfect sense. Honestly it's a twist that rivals that of the original Saw. In fact, the whole third act itself is a positive. What happens is something you need to see to believe. It turns into an utter bloodbath and I loved every minute of it.
The one downside I gotta mention is that is the police scenes. There are two detectives in this movie that we also follow, who are investigating the murders committed by Gabriel and are wondering how Annabelle Wallis is connected in all this. To me their scenes weren't as effective. Mainly how they try to force some humor into this pretty dark movie. It's fine if a dark film tries to have some lighthearted or humorous moments, but they just didn't work in this movie.
Overall Malignant is what The Conjuring 3 should have been. I know this review feels a lot shorter than others but honestly this is a movie that needs to be seen for yourselves. The big twist about Gabriel is a major spoiler and I certainly don't want to reveal too much about this movie. If you were disappointed by the third Conjuring film as I was this movie will make up for it.
-Some good scares
-One helluva twist & third act
-The detective scenes
Final Grade: B+
So those are my thoughts on Malignant. Have you seen it? What were your thoughts on it? What’s your favorite movie by James Wan? Please be kind, leave a like and comment, and check out more reviews here on Prose!
Dr. Florence Weaver: "What do you want?"
Gabriel: "To show you what the cancer has become."
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Top 10 Films in 10 Different Genres
You’re making me pick only ten movies? For me, that’s just impossible. So here’s a compromise: my top ten picks from ten different genres.
1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. Die Hard
4. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
6. The Matrix
7. John Wick
8. The Mummy (1999)
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
1. Jurassic Park
2. Star Wars (any of them)
3. Blade Runner
4. Starship Troopers
6. E.T. The Extraterrestial
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey
8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
9. Back to the Future
1. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2. Harry Potter (any of them)
3. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
4. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
5. It’s a Wonderful Life
6. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
7. The Princess Bride
10. Edward Scissorhands
3. The Thing
5. Halloween (1978)
6. Night of the Living Dead
7. The Omen
8. The Conjuring
10. The Haunting
1. Blazing Saddles
2. The Blues Brothers
5. National Lampoon’s Vacation
6. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
7. Trains, Planes, and Automobiles
8. Robin Hood: Men in Tights
10. Scary Movie
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. A Few Good Men
3. 12 Angry Men
4. Schindler’s List
5. Pulp Fiction
7. A Star is Born (2019)
8. Gran Torino
9. Forrest Gump
10. A Time to Kill
1. Saving Private Ryan
3. Black Hawk Down
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. The Hurt Locker
8. Inglorious Bastards
9. The Patriot
1. Beauty and The Beast
2. The Lion King
5. The Land Before Time
6. Toy Story
7. The Lego Movie
8. The Prince of Egypt
9. How to Train Your Dragon
10. The Breadwinner
1. The Dark Knight
2. Avengers: Endgame
3. Spider-Man 2
5. The Avengers
6. Black Panther
8. Captain America: Civil War
9. The Mask
1. The Sound of Music
2. The Wizard of Oz
3. Music Man
4. Mary Poppins
5. Les Miserable
7. Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
9. Across the Universe
And just for fun: my picks for the top ten worst movies ever made.
2. The Last Airbender
3. Dragonball Evolution
4. The Dark Tower
5. Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
6. Twilight (all of them)
7. God’s Not Dead
9. Son of the Mask
10. The Emoji Movie
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Idiocracy was meant to be a comedy not become a documentary.
Jesus fucking Christ, people!
Questions to my Fellow Atheists
1) Have you ever been told by a Christian “you’re going to Hell”?
2) Have you ever been asked by a Christian “Do you hate God”?
3) Have you ever had to justify why you are an atheist? If so, what’s the best statement you gave, and the best argument why you don’t believe a god exists.
4) What is the worst argument for the existence of god and creationism you’ve heard?
5) Do you believe, in time, more people will become religious or atheists?
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