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Stranger Things | 2.09

It should fit now.

Binged Season 2 last night. Got no sleep before going to work. It was a mistake. Love it though. Way better than season 1, which I wasn’t crazy about. Since I was in the mood, decided to throw this together. Pretty basic overall but its ability to travel through planes could be a big problem for lower level characters. So that’ll be a fun time. 

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My Top 15 True Crime Movies

Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought I’d share my list of favorite movies based on or inspired by real-life events with you all! So if you’re still looking for movies to watch on Halloween or search for true crime movies in general, here are my recommendations:


1. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (Source: IMDb)

Based on the life and murder of Brandon Teena.

2. An American Crime (2007)
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (Source: IMDb)

3. The Girl Next Door (2007)
Based on the Jack Ketchum’s novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt… and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime. (Source: IMDb)

(Note: “The Girl Next Door” is only partially based on the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens.)

4. Summer of Sam (1999)
Spike Lee’s take on the “Son of Sam” murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another. (Source: IMDb)

5. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (Source: IMDb)

Based on the Parker-Hulme case.

6. Badlands (1973)
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (Source: IMDb)

Inspired by spree killers Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate and their killing spree across America.

7. The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
An obese, embittered nurse doesn’t mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs. (Source: IMDb)

Inspired by real-life serial killer couple Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck.

8. The Frozen Ground (2013)
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events. (Source: IMDb)

9. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
In 1946, a ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town. (Source: IMDb)

Mainly based on the Texarkana Moonlight Murders.

10. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? (Source: IMDb)

(Note: Although inspired by the Texarkana Moonlight Murders, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” is mainly about a copycat killer.)

11. The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder. (Source: IMDb)

Based on Australian serial killer John Bunting and the Snowtown Murders.

12. The Deliberate Stranger (1986)
Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. (Source: IMDb)

13. Zodiac (2007)
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (Source: IMDb)

14. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (Source: IMDb)

Based on John Wojtowicz and his attempted bank robbery to fund the sex reassignment surgery of his partner.

15. Wolf Creek (2005)
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (Source: IMDb)

Inspired by the so-called Backpacker Murders and the Peter Falconio murder case.

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UPSIDE DOWN by Simon Lee for Monsterpalooza 2017 [x]

Stranger Things in D&D: The Monster /"The Demogorgon”

Stranger Things season 2 started the day before I’m posting this, and I know I’m not the only D&D fan who’s super excited to see what the new season is going to have in store. So for both my final October post and a celebration of the new series of one of my favourite shows, I’m looking back at the big gribbly horror from the previous season: “The Demogorgon”  - A monster named by the protagonists after the final enemy in their own D&D campaign - now with my take on rules for use in D&D.

The main mechanic for this creature as a whole was the walking between its current plane and whatever I was going to use to represent the Upside Down. As the Ethereal Plane reflects other material planes, and there are already certain spells that travel to it specifically (Blink, to be precise), it seemed like the ideal in-lore stand-in for the Upside Down. As such, I based this creature’s Ethereal Step and Extraplanar Entrapment abilities on Blink. The randomisation of its location with Ethereal Step was based on how “The Demogorgon” ends up still having to hunt those it traps in the Upside Down.

I tried to pack the statblock with references to the show. The creature’s low Dexterity was in reference to its general loping, clumsy movement, and that it got caught in the bear trap laid for it. Ethereal Escape references the same scene, where it disappears as the fire dies down, and was based on the Planeswalker’s escape mechanic from Plane Shift: Amonkhet. Blood Scent references the way the Demogorgon found Barb when she cut her hand. Resistance to Bludgeoning, Piercing and Slashing damage from nonmagical attacks is in reference to how the Hawkins Labs agents didn’t exactly have any luck putting it down with firearms.

And finally, vulnerability to psychic damage makes sense, since it was destroyed by Eleven (that’s definitely a failed saving throw).

For another bizarre horror, check out my homebrew rules for Hanweir, the Writhing Township from Innistrad!

On a nice Summer day in Hawkins, the kids decided to go to the zoo. While Dustin and Max were feeding the ducks that wandered around the picnic area, and Lucas and Will were glancing over the map to plan their next route, Mike and El strolled over to the Otter exhibit. “Mike, look, they’re holding hands!” El exclaimed as she noticed the small furry animals floating around in the water. As she leaned over the railing trying to get a closer look, Mike read over one of the signs that displayed a bunch of fun facts about the animal. “Apparently they hold hands, um paws, so that they won’t float away from each other. They also hold paws while sleeping.” As Mike walked over by El’s side to see if he could notice any more otters, El gently reached for his hand, Mike took it without hesitation and El beamed at him. “So we don’t drift away from each other,” she said. They didn’t let go for the rest of the day, and even as they slept during the car ride home, their hands remained together. 

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Fantastic Beast’s fanart for Overload and Armageddon this year! I remainder that Overload is this Saturday the 30th, and I’ll also be at Armageddon on the Monday (Oct 23rd) at the Drawfest table, come say hi! 

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Plantwork & Bonding

I see a lot of plantwork that is drastically different than any plantwork I’ve done.

This isn’t to say that others are wrong or incorrect but much of what they suggest you do to bond with plants and plant spirits is superficial at best.

Plants are not people. They do not behave like people. They do not communicate like people. They do not like or trust people in almost every single instance (unless they are greenhouse grown or seedlings).

Some pointers:

*Do not speak to them.
People often suggest you just approach a tree and talk to it. In every instance I’ve attempted this I’ve felt a change in the air. I’ve felt a sense of a wall being placed between us. I’ve felt a sense of urgency and disdain. Trees do not want you to randomly approach them and chat to them about your life and your problems, in this way they are like all creatures. A stranger is a stranger. An outsider and outsider.

I suggest you let them “approach” you.
Sit near them but not next to them and do something on your own. It could be reading, drawing, or spework. Let them become curious of you. Be respectful and quiet. Do not leave litter. If you’d like to leave a token maybe some pretty rocks or some seeds are what I’ve found to work well. I’ve also poured out my water and left small sculptures of discarded branches and rocks.

If you do this enough you will feel when it is appropriate to move on. You may feel a sense of peace, or a sense of welcoming or sometimes I ask for specific signs.

Once something of this nature occurs you can address the plant directly. Do NOT ask for its name but instead offer your own (be it nickname or otherwise). Explain your intentions and ask if it needs anything of you.

Obviously many spirits will be wary of this, and some may ignore you but if you feel strange or uneasy just back up and try again in a few days. Some spirits simply do not want to work with you.

I’ve also found removing debris and litter to work very well in my favor (though if you’re a decent person you’ll do this anyways).

I would be extremely​ wary of approaching trees and plants with hugs and stories and things of that nature. You are an outsider and you should acknowledge that fact and be respectful about it.

i wanna know the back story of that clerk who sold jonathan and nancy the bear trap. like what has he done/seen in his life that he doesn’t question the fact that two high schoolers are coming in to buy weapons meant to take down a large creature?

dear samantha
i’m sorry
we have to get a divorce
i know that seems like an odd way to start a love letter but let me explain:
it’s not you
it sure as hell isn’t me
it’s just human beings don’t love as well as insects do
i love you.. far too much to let what we have be ruined by the failings of our species
i saw the way you looked at the waiter last night
i know you would never DO anything, you never do but..
i saw the way you looked at the waiter last night
did you know that when a female fly accepts the pheromones put off by a male fly, it re-writes her brain, destroys the receptors that receive pheromones, sensing the change, the male fly does the same. when two flies love each other they do it so hard, they will never love anything else ever again. if either one of them dies before procreation can happen both sets of genetic code are lost forever. now that… is dedication.
after Elizabeth and i broke up we spent three days dividing everything we had bought together
like if i knew what pots were mine like if i knew which drapes were mine somehow the pain would go away
this is not true
after two praying mantises mate, the nervous system of the male begins to shut down
while he still has control over his motor functions
he flops onto his back, exposing his soft underbelly up to his lover like a gift
she then proceeds to lovingly dice him into tiny cubes
spooning every morsel into her mouth
she wastes nothing
even the exoskeleton goes
she does this so that once their children are born she has something to regurgitate to feed them
now that.. is selflessness
i could never do that for you
so i have a new plan
i’m gonna leave you now
i’m gonna spend the rest of my life committing petty injustices
i hope you do the same
i will jay walk at every opportunity
i will steal things i could easily afford
i will be rude to strangers
i hope you do the same
i hope reincarnation is real
i hope our petty crimes are enough to cause us to be reborn as lesser creatures
i hope we are reborn as flies
so that we can love each other as hard as we were meant to.
—  Jared Singer, An Entomologist’s Last Love Letter

Bessie (Lake Erie Cow Monster or Lorain Ocean’s Lake Monster)

Described as looking like a cow and having multiple heads in some sightings (yes you read that correctly). Sightings around Lake Erie started in 1907 and have continued ever since with sometimes basic or stranger description of the creature. One of the weirder descriptions was made by two brothers in 1937 as a creature made up of a hundred cows combined into one with arms.