Difficult to Explain

Vampires, UFOs, and Deadly Tooth Fairies

Dear Weirdlings,

I’m still working on the newsletter situation and how best to approach a transition.

This week’s roundup of the weird includes ancient vampires, animatronic monstrosities, UFOs, and deadly tooth fairies.


Movies

SXSW 2021 Review: Jakob’s Wife is a Thoughtful & Often Amusing Examination of How Marriage Can Suck (and Triumph) (Daily Dead)

Heather Wixson writes, “Even though Jakob’s Wife is a thoughtful examination of just how hard marriage can be, especially when you’ve been with your partner for decades and the shine has worn off, it’s also a darkly comedic vampiric romp that isn’t afraid to get messy and have a little fun with all the bloodsucker tropes that us genre fans enjoy so much.”

Review: Willy’s Wonderland (2021) – Nicolas Cage Beats the Shit Outta Chuck E. Cheese (Dark Universe Horror)

Nicolas Cage has made a career of going full tilt with his acting career. His latest role is just as fierce — and he doesn’t even say a word.


Games

12 Horror Games to Look Forward to in 2021 (Tor Nightfire)

From massive AAA titles to tense indies, this year is offering a multitude of terrifying gaming experiences.


Life & Lore

UFO Report Details ‘Difficult to Explain’ Sightings, Says US Ex-Intelligence Director (The Guardian)

A soon-to-be released report is expected to present UFO phenomena “seen by navy or air force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for.”


Literature

Censorship Warped How DC and Marvel Dealt with Heaven, Hell, and Jesus (Polygon)

From the Golden Age of comics to the present day, Alan Kistler looks at how the portrayal of religious subjects in comic books have evolved.


Short of the Week

Disturbing from frame one, “Milk Teethe,” directed by Felipe Vargas, is a horror fairy tale about a boy in an orphanage who discovers a shadowy creature that provides gifts in exchange for teeth. (Discovered via Short of the Week.)

Andrea Blythe
Andrea Blythe writes speculative poetry and fiction. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale (Interstellar Flight Press, 2020).