Ghost Stories Can Be Love Stories: The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor — Mike Flanagan’s follow up to The Haunting of Hill House — is framed around the art of storytelling, specifically the campfire delight of unravelling a good ghost story, the kind that gets under your skin and makes you jump at shadows. The show opens with a rehearsal dinner for a young couple about to get married. As family and friends sit around with their after-dinner drinks, they begin talking about the possibility of ghosts, leading inevitably to the telling of stories.

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Running Through a Monster Infested Landscape with ‘Stela’

stela - side scrolling puzzle adventure game

A woman in white wakes alone in strange cavern. She crawls over boulders, up and out, and begins to run — facing a world of monsters all seeking to destroy her.

Stela is a side scrolling puzzle adventure game from SkyBox Labs, available on iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh.  Playing as the woman in white, you transverse various dark and unsettling landscapes. Along the way, you encounter various obstacles that you need to get around — rocks to climb, traps to evade.

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The X-Files Rewatch: ‘The Jersey Devil’

The X-Files - The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil
Written by Chris Carter, directed by Joe Napolitano
Season 1, Episode 5

Recap

While driving down a wood enshrouded road in 1947, a family is surprised by a flat tower. The father gets out to fix the tire — when something comes out of the woods and drags him off into the dark.

The next day, a team with dogs searches through the woods for the missing man. They find him — partially eaten.

They also find something else, a creature said to be tall as a house. They begin shooting as it rushes toward them. A cacophony of gun fire.

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The X-Files Rewatch: ‘Conduit’

The X-Files - Conduit

Conduit
Written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, directed by Daniel Sackheim
Season 1, Episode 4

Recap

A family camps by a seemingly peaceful lake. A young boy and a teenage girl sleep by a campfire, while the mother sleeps within the camper nearby. Inside the van, the mother is suddenly jerked away by the violent shaking of the camper and a blinding white light. She scrambles to reach her children, who she hears calling for her outside. Grabbing the door knob, her hand is instantly burned by the hot metal.

Outside, her son tells her that Ruby (his sister) is gone. The woman calls out for the missing girl — eventually tilting her head back and screaming her name up to the sky.

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Brown Girl Comes Into Her Power in a Dystopian Future

Brown Girl Begins

It’s a minor miracle that any movie gets made at the best of times. This is all the more true when the filmmaker attempts something as ambitious as crafting an apocalyptic fantasy on a micro-budget.

For Sharon Lewis, the process of adapting Nalo Hopkinson’s novel Brown Girl in the Ring  was a nearly two-decades long journey.

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On Synchronicity, or Meaningful Coincidences

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Synchronicity is a concept I knew nothing about before watching Hellier, a documentary show about a several years long investigation of Kentucky goblins and other strange events. According to the investigative team, synchronicity is what drew them to the investigation and provided an impetus to keep going even as they faced challenges along the way. In fact, the word “synchronicity” is mentioned so often on the show that my friend and I once joked about turning it into a drinking game.

Synchronicity by Carl JungHellier has renewed my interest in the paranormal and the weird, leading me to want to explore more about the concepts and books discussed. Trying to better understand synchronicity seemed a good place to start.

The term “synchronicity” was first coined by Dr. Carl Jung to describe the concept of meaningful coincidences. Inspired by classical Chinese texts (such as the Tao Te Ching), Gottfried Leibniz’s monadology, astrology, and quantum mechanics, Jung first introduced the concept in the 1920s. Over the years, he continued to refine the concept and published a paper on the subject in 1952, titled Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. This work is also connected to his theories regarding archetypes and the collective unconscious, acting as a determining principle as relevant as space, time, and causality.

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