Here's a friendly sculpture from a Lithuanian dock:
EDITED TO ADD: it's the "Juodasis Vaiduoklis" (""The Black Ghost"), according to this site:
Near the castle remains, just past the swing bridge, stands bronze sculpture of ghostly silhouette, which just stepped out of the water on the shore line. 2.4 metres in height, the sculpture hold its own secret - everyone that comes near the frightful sculpture will be greeted. According to the legend, in year 1595 one of the Klaipėda Castle guard, Hans von Heidi, saw a supernatural ghost. Ungodly visitor warned the guard that the citys supplies of grain and timber may be insufficient, and just like it appeared - vanished. (Sculptors S. Jurkus and S. Plotnikovas, architechts V. Dapkevičius and V. Balsys)
"The Strange Ones" (1963) is a short film in the classic genre of stranger-danger movies. It presents a nightmarish world populated by stalking pedophiles (they look like anyone else!) and risk-seeking children.
The film avoids the classic Gothic trope of family horror, instead showing danger as solely the province of strangers. This is statistically weird, since the greatest number of attacks on children come from family members. Naturally it lets the film cast family members in a salvific way... even though the framing plot is based on a girl not heeding her parents' instructions. Unless the parents failed to teach her properly. Bad parents.
The strong arm of the law is a child's best protection in this movie. The plot kicks off with a brief police dragnet, then consists mainly of a policewoman explaining to a child the Gothic hellscape in which she lives. Note the implements of violence literally backing up the officer:
The law will save you!
One intriguingly Gothic part is "Strange Ones"' admonition to avoid "deserted places". This makes for a creepy, Ballardian scene, with a pedophile stalking a boy across a postindustrial zone:
The meme spread due in part to the board's classic scary appeal. As Snopes observes,
Despite Bruni's quick action and continual assertion that the McDonald's Happy Meal Ouija board was a joke, several posters were unsettled by the notion. Many expressed concern that Ouija boards used "irresponsibly" could cause danger to children, while others were simply frightened by the idea of having a Ouija board in the house.
One commenter reported having had "bad experiences" with Ouija boards, and replied:
Sorry Amy but I so totally disagree with this ... how many times have ANY Ghost show programs (be it yours GH or GA) and tell people that Ouija boards are dangerous ... Dangerous cannot be stressed enough on this thing ... What [mild expletive] at McD's thought that this was such a neat idea and for it to be giving to young children no less!!
Now you, too, can generate Lovecratian prose! Simply visit the Lovecraft Evil-O-Matic, which coughs up randomly HPL-ish gems like:
Faceless groping pox.
Boundless masticating pool.
Jaundiced suffocating nightmare.
The -Matic's creator then applied his work to political prose, like so:
To show you how it works, I've juiced up President Obama's statement from last week on the organization is still calling ISIL.
The eldritch nauseating cancer speaks for no religion. The endless mutating fungus's victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches hideous skulking weasels to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what the gelatinous revolting worms did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. The faceless dissolving plague has no ideology of any value to human beings...
Infocult: always read to play in a boundless masticating pool.
Penguin Books has decided to use the uncanny valley as a book marketing tool. Or so it seems, from their new cover for an edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So wrong:
Three notes about this.
The cover has nothing to do with the book. Maybe, if you stretch things, the book does feature a girl, and the doll represents a girl, sort of. As child of Infocult notes, "Veruca Salt isn't even a main character! The book isn't about dolls!" Otherwise, zero connection. No Willie Wonka, no factory, no Bucket family, etc.
Perhaps it's a shameless ploy to market a book with a boy's name to the female market.
Anything can be a marketing implement, and we know the Gothic has always been available. Watch for more Infocult materials as ad fodder.
According to a press release issued late Thursday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation focused on a woman who attends church with many of the families who found the dolls.
“Investigators made contact with the female adult who admitted to placing the porcelain dolls on the porch of the various residences in the community. Investigators have concluded that her motivation was out of goodwill and that she intended it as a kind gesture,”
That does raise all kinds of questions, and suggests another story.
It's interesting to see church suggesting a different social network than school.
Infocult readers will be unsurprised to see people interpreting the arrival of uncanny dolls as a disturbing, rather than kind event.