Welcoming Autumn

Unicorns, Killer Puzzles, and Stranger Things

My dearest Weirdlings,

The first day of Fall has arrived. We are officially entering the best time of the years — cooler days, crisp orange leaves, the arrival of All Hallows Eve.

Preparations have begun. I pulled the skeletons from my closet and adorned them upon my walls. I greeted the crows and asked for their blessing. I return the smiles of grinning Jack o’ lanterns.

On this new day of Autumn, I wish you good tidings. May your days be filled with the kinds of strangeness the bring you delight.


Movies

‘Spiral’ Explores Social Horrors With All the Effectiveness of ‘Get Out’ (Bloody Disgusting)

Set in 1995, Spiral is the story of “a gay couple who move into a new neighborhood in search of a better life for themselves and their teenage daughter… but just underneath the surface of the friendly suburban smiles lies a dark, twisted secret.”

Hispanic Heritage: Exploring Latin American Horror (Morbidly Beautiful)

Jumping into the history of horror filmmaking in Latin America, this article presents 25 films from Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay that are currently available to stream online.


TV

Netflix’s “Stranger Things 4” Restarts Filming (Dread Central)

Following delays due to COVID, the scifi horror series based on the work of Spielberg, Carpenter, and King is tentatively scheduled to begin production this month.


Games

Microsoft is Acquiring Parent of Bethesda Softworks (The Verge)

Just in time for the launch of Xbox’s new console, Microsoft has agreed to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks — the studio known for the Fallout and Doom.

‘Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle’ Just Slashed Its Way Onto the Xbox One (Bloody Disgusting)

This slasher, horror puzzle game with “delightfully gruesome” kill scenes is enough to make me wish I owned an Xbox One.


Lore

Unicorns: The Myths & Legends Behind the Glitter & Rainbows (Icy Sedgwick)

Digging into the lore of one of a mythical creature that has been splashed across pop culture, Icy Sedgwick writes, “Behind the glitter and rainbows stands a somewhat spiritual creature, at times both gentle and ferocious, mysterious and medieval.”


Short of the Week

In the "The Stylist," directed by Jill Gervargizian, a hair stylist waits for a late night client — with a bloody purpose in mind. Quick paced with fantastic cinematography, with some truly gruesome imagery.

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).