Dear reader, today we have a story about unspeakably scary things. It’s a tale about a neighborhood and its residents. A tale of unexpected horror. A family’s normal life is about to intersect with something alien and dangerous.
Nowadays, you can order most fandoms’ merchandise through a website. But back when Unspeakably Scary Things was being printed, it wasn’t uncommon to cut out a coupon in the back of a comic to get novelty items.
The ‘70s are far enough back in history that we don’t have as many recordings. Media can get lost. It’s not unfeasible for a niche horror comic to rise to enough prominence to sustain a brief but impactful run and then fade into the annals of history.
Allegedly, a magazine called Unspeakably Scary Things went into circulation back in the ’70s. It was a horror magazine with a lot of pulp-style writing, but no authors you’ve ever heard of.
This story is a trick. The happy title hides a much more terrifying narrative. If you embark on this, you must know what you’re getting into. This is not a tale of whimsey.
Dear reader, to say much more than the title of this story ruins the surprise. The horrific gut punch at the center of this odd tale. So, I must ask you to trust me on this one.
The Cellar Letters is the first podcast I’m reviewing that I didn’t like. Its first few episodes have many problems that ejected me from the narrative. Because of limited review time and well over forty episodes, I’ll concede the podcast may leverage its ideas later to great effect, but the initial impressions were medium to bad.
I hope it’s clear how good I think Nope is by me actively not wanting to spoil anything. Usually, I keep these reviews as vague as possible about plot points, but I must be even more careful with this one.
Horrid is a book about emotions more than anything else. Its plot, its ending, its momentum are all in service of getting across big emotional moments.
In every tale of rules that must never be broken, someone breaks them. Humans, it seems, are sometimes too curious. And now our protagonist, Jeremy, has stayed up too long. And can hear the humming.
Today, we have a type of story that’s been with humanity forever. There have always been stories of things children must not do or risk terrible danger.
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