Three boys. Two girls. A decrepit building. A light switch.
I’ve heard folks say the best horror is simple. While some may disagree with that assertion, films like William Prince’s CLICK certainly make a strong argument. This short film runs fourteen minutes and some change and is achingly spartan in its design, concept, and plot. It presents not only a beautiful-in-its-simplicity horror story but a fantastic premise for a Little Fears session. Imagine your group as the kids who investigate the aftermath of this film. I would love to play in that game. Absolutely wonderful.
If you have fifteen minutes to spare, you can watch the entire film below. It’s well worth your time.
Hey everyone, sorry for the last minute notice but I’ll be sitting down with the folks at #rpgnet for a chat tonight, starting at 8p Eastern/7p Central. I’ll be talking about all things Streets of Bedlam and Little Fears, as well as whatever other topics pop up.
You can pop into the chat via this link. I hope to see you there!
It’s an exciting time for PC games with a lot of developers, especially the indies, trying new genres and new ideas within old genres. One such game that Little Fears fans might want to put on their radar is Huntsman – The Orphanage, a horror game from an outfit called ShadowShifters. Played through a first-person perspective, you must elude the ominously-named Huntsman as you try to escape the titular facility with only your smartphone and your wits to guide you. Judging from the trailer, it seems the smartphone will be incredibly important in not just your survival but others’ as well.
I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that children are involved in the story as well as what seems to be a heavy supernatural element. I got a strong Slenderman: The Eight Pages vibe from what I’ve seen and read but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
More copies of Little Fears Nightmare Edition, Book 2: Among the Missing, and Happy Birthday, Little Fears have left the printer and should be at my doorstep by late Wednesday. I’ll pack up all the orders and get them out Thursday. If you’ve been waiting (for which I apologize), your wait is almost over!
Most of the things I post in “Inspiring Fear” share a contextual link to Little Fears, such as having young protagonists, fighting unseen monsters, or shining a light on the power of belief. But this one struck me primarily for the visuals.
This video for “House of Circles” by Cleveland-area rock duo Mr. Gnome was shot on a $2000 budget and looks incredible. The 8-minute film is a fairy tale about a metallic-skinned woman named Queen Machine who has eaten a planet’s sun. A girl who lives on that planet leads an attack against Queen Machine to get their sun back. It’s wonderful (and wonderfully imaginative) stuff. From the young heroes to the dark-winged fairies to a world aesthetic you might find in the corners of Closetland to Queen Machine herself, you can find a lot of cool stuff to work into your Little Fears game. Enjoy.
If you’ve ordered any of the Little Fears books from me recently, you either got the last of the ones in stock or will have to wait a week or so for your order to go out. I’ve been out of the LFNE corebook for a while but I wasn’t expecting you folks to take all the Among the Book and Happy Birthday copies as well! (Thank you for that, though.)
I placed the order for the new books just moments ago. I reckon I’ll have them in-hand sometime next week. I’ll push to get all orders fulfilled immediately!
(By the way, if your order included PDF copies and you haven’t received them, please let me know via email and I’ll get them to you asap.)
DriveThruRPG’s New Year New Game Sale is so jammed with great corebooks you can barely shut the door! Among the offerings is the tenth anniversary of the original Little Fears. Fully edited, annotated, and newly-illustrated, Happy Birthday, Little Fears is a great version of the original game.
I posted about the upcoming film Mama back when I first learned of the short film that inspired it. That was in September and I’d almost forgotten about it until my friend (and Happy Birthday, Little Fears illustrator) Doug Snook sent me a link to a new version of the short film that includes a preface by celebrated director and producer Guillermo del Toro. In addition, I was reminded that the new film is set to come out in just two weeks! The feature-length version of Mama has a release date of January 18th here in the States, and I’m amped to see it. It seems like not only perfect Little Fears inspiration but has such a great premise I have to know more.
If you’re involved in social media, chances are good you’ve seen this one on Facebook, Twitter, G+, or similar. I was relatively late to the party, having just watched it, but I had to share this with you all. The story goes this is candid footage from a Brazilian prank/practical joke show. I didn’t know what to expect which is for the best I think. Just trust me that this most definitely has some ties to Little Fears. Some things about the footage make me question its veracity but it’s still a fun watch with some great scares. Check it out.