One of my favorite pastimes is reading and listening to classic spooky stories. There’s no better time for curling up with a spooky story than a cold, fall evening in front of the fire.
Here’s a collection of my all-time favorite scary stories:
- The Red Room by H.G.Wells – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVMRzj0Ig3k
- A Haunted Island by Algernon Blackwood – https://youtu.be/QYAmh5O3ZLA
- The Tower – Marghanita Laski – https://youtu.be/yfa1CWrQIvY
- The Haunted and the Haunters | A Ghost Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton – https://youtu.be/rPK0mBHrg4M
- Christmas Eve on a Haunted Hulk | A Ghost Story by Frank Cowper – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO6gN-TRvHM
- The Empty House – Algernon Blackwood – https://youtu.be/BWe56aS3M7I
- Dark Mummery by Thorp McClusky – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwvBmVIQmOk
- The Open Window by Saki – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4DbVvyukPE
- The House Among the Laurels – by William Hope Hodgson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JERNNsH-nSs
- The Whistling Room – by William Hope Hodgson – https://youtu.be/3n4YwKQ0i9k
- The Ash Tree – by M R James – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0VI8GAo4PI
- Number 13 – by M R James – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qy9oDiA2xDo
- Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – by M R James – https://youtu.be/HaD9r4Rnn0Y
- The Ghost Train – A really excellent and fun ghost story that turns out to be something completely different. Best version of this story I have encountered. https://youtu.be/vS_fq9ii4Po (Pro-tip: avoid the movie version like the plague)
- House on the Borderland – by William Hope Hodgson – https://youtu.be/PfGWnjX9CBE
- The Thing on the Fourble Board – Radio Play – https://youtu.be/g_EtWrWvllA
Good general scary classics channels on YouTube:
- Bitesized Audio Classics
- Washington Sawyer – Not the best narrator, but has a great collection
- ƬƛԼЄƧ ƠƑ ƬЄƦƦƠƦ
- Suspense and Escape – Old time radio programs
Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories – Michael Cox, R.A. Gilbert
Poor person’s Burning Man? Check out some of the strange creations made by these creative folks at Urban Campsite Amsterdam
Whenever I have free time and am looking for some inspiration, I love going over to the GDC Vault and watching the countless amazing presentations. Back in the day, one had to pay hundreds of dollars to see videos in the vault, but now they have their own free youtube channel.
In doing some research into visual styles, I ran the game Tengami from Nyamyam. I then found Jennifer Schneidereit’s GDC presentation describing how she created a engine that uses geometry to mimic the mechanical folding of pop-up books.
Rob Humble was fooling around with the idea of games as art – a continually argued topic in the game development community. In experimenting, he came up with the idea for this art piece/game called The Marriage.
It uses very simple controls and boxes to explore the ideas of relationship.
“The Marriage “came out of a long weekend I took with my wife down to Carmel. It was created that evening on my laptop as I listened to the waves of the pacific below. All the game mechanics were completed that evening although I spent weeks afterwards tuning and polishing. The game was also made “in process” as it were. I simply could not design this game on paper before hand. It had to be done by exploring, discarding and balancing game elements during creation.
That….was certainly unique.
Siberian_644 uses an AI to figure out what Street Fighter characters might look like in real life – and it’s pretty trippy…
The Kimono Project was launched in August 2014 by a Japanese organization called Imagine One World. It took six years to complete over 200 custom kimono that drew inspiration from each country’s culture, history, or architectural beauty.
The 213 kimonos and obis include countries that Japan has diplomatic relations with, including Niue and Vatican City.
The kimonos and obis are not on public display, as was initially planned, due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, it is hoped that they will be shown during Expo 2025, which is due to be held in Osaka, Japan.
A full outfit for one country cost around ¥2 million ($18,300), consisting of the kimono, obi, and smaller accessories. They have all been handmade with traditional methods, each taking between one and two years to craft.
Below is the Kimono for the United States created by Yu Naruse who describes it below:
“The image of a country consisting of 50 states called “United States” is expressed by “state flowers”. Designed with the national symbol “President” as “American Eagle”. Baseball, American football, Hollywood movies, and the goddess of freedom, which Americans love, are studded in the flowers of the state, and the great presidents Lincoln and Kennedy are represented by statues and Apollo programs.”