SPOILERS FOR WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE (Year One)
In this episode:
- The topic of discussion this episode is "Indie horror," but we focus on four main examples of indie horror in our discussion:
- Welcome to Night Vale (5:42)
- Creepypasta in general (21:50)
- The SCP Foundation (37:45)
- A detour with a mouse, and the power of creepypasta (52:16)
- Slender Man (54:02)
- What advantages does indie horror have over other styles of horror?
- We get a little psychological: How is it that, even when we know something isn't real, it still has the power to frighten us?
- I reference a bunch of stuff on this episode, so here are some links:
- PBS Idea Channel
- The Welcome to Night Vale tag on Tumblr. You needn't scroll far to find awesome fanart. Fair warning: There are pictures from some recent live shows that are POSSIBLY a little spoilery, just because they show the cast of characters in upcoming episodes.
- This has nothing to do with the episode, but Fio sent this to me before we started recording, and I wanted to share it.
- In retrospect, it might have been more appropriate to categorize this episode as "Internet horror" rather than "indie horror." Oh, well.
- Fio wanted me to mention that, in regards to a lot of the movies we mention toward the end of the podcast--they're not necessarily "good," but that doesn't necessarily mean they're not worth watching.
- From Fio's timemarks: "53:00 – I didn't really lay into you on the podcast, but your characterization of both Mary Shelley and Robinson Crusoe as Victorian is incorrect, haha." In my defense, I wasn't saying Robinson Crusoe was Victorian--I was trying to recall if paid-by-the-word spanned from the Robinson Crusoe-era to the Victorian era. My apologies for labeling Frankenstein as Victorian literature, though.
- In reference to Tribe Twelve: I say that the beginning of the story is based around the poster's visit with his "friend"--it's actually his cousin.
(Screenshot taken from http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/File:Slender_playground.jpg. I did my best to find something that wasn't completely horrifying to use as a cover image, but also wouldn't get me in trouble with use permission and such. Otherwise I probably would've used a Trenderman comic.)