When the Lights Go Out

Dear Weirdlings,

Wind storms swept through my town, clattering outside my window as I tried to sleep — and causing havoc with the power lines, knocking out the electricity and internet all day yesterday.

Thus, this week’s assemblage of the weird is a day later than planned. I hope you find some goodies to enjoy.


Movies

The Vigil is Supernatural Horror Rooted in Ancient Jewish Tradition (Creepy Kingdom)

Director Keith Thomas briefly discusses his horror film, The Vigil, which is “rooted in tangible human experience” (forthcoming in February 2021).


TV

Stay Home, Watch Horror: 5 Horror Shows to Stream This Week (Bloody Disgusting)

Drawing from the plethora of excellent horror TV available, Meagan Navarro recommends a handful of series that provide a new spin on the anthology format.


Games

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Appears To Be Coming In March (GameSpot)

A set of remasters of the original three Mass Effect games (along with DLC) is reportedly being launched in March.

Phasmophobia Ghosts Get Better Hearing (Polygon)

This already creepy game, in which a group of players search a haunted location in search of ghosts, will become even scarier with an update that will allow the ghosts to hunt the players by following the sound of their voice.


Life & Lore

Isaac Newton's Notes Show He Was Obsessed With the Apocalypse (IGN)

Recently sold at auction, Newton’s notes show that his scientific interests lay beyond the theory of gravity, and in fact included alchemy, the apocalypse, and Egypt’s Great Pyramid.


Literature

Fascinated by Fear: Interview with Horror Queens Meg Hafdahl & Kelly Florence (Interstellar Flight Magazine)

A cool discussion about collaboration, the science of horror, and other creepy delights with authors and podcasters Hafdahl and Florence.


Short of the Week

In "Dédalo," directed by Jerónimo Rocha, a woman trapped inside the space freighter Dédalo tries to survive an infestation of diabolic creatures.

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).