What Lies Outside the Window

Vampires, Jersey Devils, and Living Coffins

Dear Weirdlings,

The nights are hot. Sometimes I leave the window open — a crack, just a crack.

I close my eyes and try to sleep.

Something rustles, a soft whisper of movement of leaves. A small animal? A gust of breeze? A stranger’s careful step?

I close my eyes and try to sleep.

Something shifts within my room, falling. My heart leaps at the sound of the thud, a deep pounding in my chest.

I squeeze my eyes shut and try to sleep.


Movies

The Films That Unknowingly Predicted the Horrors of 2020 (Bloody Disgusting)

Sometimes movie directors and writers unknowingly tap into a crystal ball in their storytelling. These movies all seem prescient in the way they explored contagion, anxiety, and loneliness.


TV

The X-Files: ‘The Jersey Devil’ (Once Weird)

The great X-Files rewatch continues with the blandest exploration of the Jersey Devil folklore possible. Scully gives all the side eye.

Resident Evil Infinite Darkness Netflix Show Officially Announced (IGN)

The Resident Evil franchise has seen some phenomenal success over the past couple of years remaking the classic video games. Now, the characters from Resident Evil 2 will star in a new CG Netflix series in 2021.


Games

The Console War is Over (GamesIndustry.biz)

In this opinion piece, Christopher Dring points out that, with Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo all striving for different goals with their new generation of consols, the concept of a “console war” is no longer relevant.


Weird World

The World’s First Living Coffin Made of Mushroom Mycelium (Design Boom)

Bob Hendrikx, a researcher at TU Delft has developed a living coffin that gives human nutrients back to nature.


Literature

11 Unforgettable Horror Novels in Translation (The Line Up)

Horror in translation allows enables readers to consider what scares us from a new perspective. This list looks at horror novels from Italy, Japan, Korea, and a number of other countries.


Short of the Week

Directed by Ashlea Wessel, “Tick” is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which vampires are pitted against an oppressive regime.

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).