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.
Business Week has a fine overview of changes in burial practices. One major issue is that it's often too expensive to bury people in major cities. Another: the sheer number of bodies is crowding out room for the newly dead in many sites.
Krause-Jackson touches on too many issues in an admirably short time to summarize. Just read it.
Snopes spots another story about dead people's cell phones making calls. In this instance a man died in a train crash. But then...
Peck's body was recovered from the wreckage 12 hours after the accident. Yet for the first eleven of those hours, his cell phone placed call after call to his loved ones, calling his son, his brother, his stepmother, his sister, and his fianceé. In all, his various family members received 35 calls from his cell phone through that long night. When they answered, all they heard was static ...
Specialists restoring the 18th Century artwork have discovered that the statue's eight teeth used to belong to an adult human...
His tortured look, blood streaming down his neck, open wounds on his face, hands and knees send shivers down your spine. But it turns out that the statue is even more realistic - and macabre - than previously thought.
Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. "It's the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture," says Unikel.
CNN, America's most visible purveyor of Gothic horrors, now turns to China for a glimpse of the death simulator.
"Samadhi -- 4D Experience of Death," is a morbid "escape room" game that uses dramatic special effects to bring players close to what its creators imagine is an experience of death.
One highlight is a cremation experience. Oh yes:
Losers get cremated -- or are at least made to lie on a conveyor belt that transports them through a fake funeral home incinerator to simulate death rites. The faux cremator will use hot air and light projections to create what the organizers call "an authentic experience of burning."
Escape the room games seem to be developing well in the analog world.
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.