"To the Sect" is an odd computer game apparently generated by a computer program. Said program, ANGELINA, has been written and developed by Michael Cook, a British researcher.
What's odd about this posthuman game? The expression and tone, as Kotaku observes. For example, the game's descriptive text:
This is a game about a disgruntled child. A Founder. The game only has one level, and the objective is to reach the exit. Along the way, you must avoid the Tomb as they kill you, and collect the Ship.
Clear so far? Watch this Tomb chase a Ship:
I use some sound effects from FreeSound, like the sound of Ship. Using Google and a tool called Metaphor Magnet, I discovered that people feel charmed by Founder sometimes. So I chose a unnerving piece of music from Kevin Macleod's Incompetech website to complement the game's mood.
It's like a flawed translation from another language.
This warning about a Facebook group called "Becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life" supposedly "created by pedophiles whose aim is to access your photos" first hit the Internet in January 2010 and has seen a number of periodic resurgences of circulation via social media ever since.
Is it real?
However, this warning has never been anything more than a hoax: there wasn't a Facebook group named "Becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life" in existence at the time the alert was first circulated, let alone one populated and run by pedophiles.
a media firestorm in the U.K, with major news outlets like the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the BBC reporting on the “sales of sick ebooks.”
Some U.K.-based ebook retailers responded with public apologies, and WHSmith went so far as to shut down its website altogether, releasing a statement saying that it would reopen "once all self-published eBooks have been removed and we are totally sure that there are no offending titles available."
Amazon and Paypal also took turns, as the article explores. Which leads authors to responses, like disguise:
"My covers are pretty classy," she says. "It's all a facade, of course. My plots are depraved."
One highlight of the article: the idea of 50 Shades of Gray fans being horrified by monster erotica.
A representative from Valerie Hoskins Associates in London, the literary agency that reps E.L. James, was apparently so opposed to being included in a story about the genre that they responded to requests for comment with "We know nothing about self publishing or erotica."
Another fun item: considering the blurry line between bestiality and beast smut.
Is crypto-smut the same thing as bestiality lit? It may seem like a fine distinction to the uninitiated, but for many authors, it’s crucial. "Is a werewolf an animal? What about a minotaur?” asks Mark Coker, the founder and CEO of Smashwords—one of the few ebook self-publishing platforms that didn't clean house in October. “Where do you draw the line? Sex with beasts is a common theme in paranormal romance. Do dinosaurs need to be a protected class of animal? What about a Sasquatch? When are they real, when are they not, when can you have sex with them and when can you not?"
Let's see if ebooks in general receive a hairier darker reputation.