Took my young children to a cave not far from the house. Popular spot, but we had the place to ourselves. You can walk through it in about 30 minutes without too much difficulty. It has a tiny exit at the opposite end. It was pretty muddy, so we decided to turn around and head back to the entrance. Halfway back, there was a lit candle sitting about eight feet up one side. It was definitely not there on the first trip. I went into full-on protective-dad-mode knowing there was likely someone hiding in the dark while we walked the rest of the way out.
That thread led to a much larger strand, a marvelous sequence of campfire spooky stories. The conceit is a search and rescue veteran sharing the creepiest experiences s/he has had or heard. Pore through these in a brightly lit, warm house, without stairs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Narrator's voice is in plain text, while Carmilla's is in italics:
Laura Laura are you awake are you awake I want to tell you about some feelings I think you should have can it wait until morning mm not really normal feelings? or blood feelings …normal feelings be honest normal blood feelings
oh dear another girl from the village has died HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO TALK ABOUT HER i’m sorry if i’ve offended you YOU HAVEN’T OFFENDED ME I JUST DIDN’T REALIZE ALL YOU CARED ABOUT WAS THIS INERT BITCH that’s not what i meant at all I MEAN I WOULD GO DIE RIGHT NOW IF IT MEANT YOU WOULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT ME LIKE YOU’RE DOING ABOUT YOUR DEAD FRIEND RIGHT NOW she wasn’t my friend i just thought it was sad that she died ARE WE SERIOUSLY STILL TALKING ABOUT HER HONESTLY LAURA YOU SEEM SORT OF OBSESSED WITH HER AND IT’S KIND OF CREEPING ME OUT
In a universe of Lovecraftian horror, sometimes we need professional assistance.
That's where Elder Sign comes in. "If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you need Elder Sign."
Perhaps you need HPL Insurance. "You can't control the gibbering madness that lies waiting on the edge of our reality but for a small monthly premium you can ensure that you don't pay for it when things go eldritch."
When we look at objects we sometimes see shapes that aren't really there, including human faces. One project just tried to suss out a kind of average face recognized by folks.
Using an algorithm usually used to average out the faces of real people, Robby Kraft instead used it to average out around 2,500 images taken from the glorious Instagram hashtag #FacesInThings. Essentially, it’s just a lot of random every-day objects that bear a passing resemblance to human faces—some more so than others.
The result is a gentle stare from nightmares:
(thanks to Jesse "not the face in that cloud" Walker)
"Otherwhere" is a fine bit of audio horror. It starts off as a local public radio host interviewing one Dr. Arlen Childs about his new religion or psychic program. Childs is a channeler, and claims to have made contact with an unusual entity. Saying anything more will spoil the delights.