New Weird for a New Year

Dearest Weirdlings,

My apologies for disappearing into the woods for so long. I’ve been lost among the branches, tangled in the roots.

Often lately, I feel as though I’ve been stretched too thin. So, over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what I want to focus my creative energy on — and what I want to release back into the wilds.

Once Upon the Weird is one of the projects I would like to hold on to as see thrive.

In order to make that more feasible, I’m considering shifting the blog from its current wordpress site to Medium. This would provide several benefits, including consolidating a portion of my blogging work onto a single site, offer inbuilt monetization and organic reader growth, and eventually make it easier to invite fellow writers, who would be able to also participate in the monetization program.

If you have questions or strong feelings about this move, I welcome your feedback.

Wishing you a new year full of wonderful weird.


Movies

Upcoming Horror Movies in 2021 to Freak You Out (Looper)

From sleeper hits to franchise favorites, there are plenty of creepy movies to look forward to in this year.


TV

Trailer: Explore the Afterlife in 6-Part Docuseries Surviving Death (Dread Central)

Take a first look at Surviving Death, a six-part Netflix series that explores the possibility of an afterlife.


Life & Lore

Alien Hunters Discover Mysterious Signal from Proxima Centauri (Scientific American)

“It’s never aliens, until it is.” A strange signal seeming to come from Proxima Centauri could represent a transmission from some form of advanced extraterrestrial intelligence

At Least 87 Monoliths Have Appeared Worldwide Since the One Discovered in Utah (Insider)

When a mysterious monolith was discovered in the Utah desert and then disappeared days later, it spawned theories from art installations to aliens — as well as a multitude of copycats.


Literature

16 Best Horror Books Of 2020 You Don't Want to Miss (Book Riot)

If you’re looking for some uniquely terrifying reads, here’s a wide variety to explore. Some I’ve read and wholeheartedly endorse, others I’m dying to read.


Short of the Week

“Black Cat in a Dark Room,” directed by Leland Montgomery, a “hospice worker” begins to question the ethics of her job after years of helping euthanize the terminally ill.

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).