tale of the uncanny

“The wildest hath not such a heart as you.
Run when you will, the story shall be changed:
Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase;
The dove pursues the griffin; the mild hind
Makes speed to catch the tiger; bootless speed,
When cowardice pursues and valour flies.”  
 ―    William Shakespeare

Headcanon that the most important job as a Hufflepuff prefect is to read stories to the first year Hufflepuffs on their first night at Hogwarts. Even if the first year students, eager to appear cool, does not admit they like it, it stills makes them fall to sleep easier; after all, it’s so much cosier to fall to sleep to soft voice of someone telling the Tales of Beedle the Bard than to the uncanny whispers of an ancient, mysterious castle telling the stories of all the battles fought and all the lives lost.

anonymous asked:

what podcasts do you recommend in general? my job allows me to burn the heck through audio material and i feel like i can never find anything

Okay, so some of these are things I’m caught up on, and some are just things that have been recommended to me that I haven’t gotten around to, but here’s what I’m subscribed to right now that isn’t 100% unfunny/dry educational/nonfiction stuff that’s pretty much Wikipedia on tape:

Siblings Peculiar; Limetown; What Should We Draw; The X-Files Files; Welcome to Night Vale; Alice Isn’t Dead; The Adventure Zone; My Brother, My Brother, and Me; CoolGames Inc; Sawbones; Bunker Buddies; Harmontown; Archive 81; The Black Tapes; Hadron Gospel Hour; The Bright Sessions; Darkest Night; EOS 10; Caught in the Web; Hello From The Magic Tavern; King Falls AM; Our Fair City; Spines; Tales of THATTOWN; The Penumbra Podcast; Uncanny County; The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air); Wizard and the Bruiser; Wolf 359; The Bridge.

I know what you’re thinking: “Patsy Ann, that’s just a list of all the podcasts that there are.” But I’ve got five to ten hours of uninterrupted work that doesn’t require talking per day, and what am I supposed to do? Be alone with my thoughts? As if.

My top recommendations for podcasts that aren’t on MaxFun or Night Vale Presents are definitely What Should We Draw, Limetown, and Siblings Peculiar, but if you AREN’T already super into anything on the previously mentioned networks, Alice Isn’t Dead and The Adventure Zone really are worth your time if you’ve been on the fence about them.



This is a list of the podcasts I have or am currently listening to, followed by ones I have not listened to yet and would like to.

Scifi- Wolf 359, The Message, ars PARADOXICA, SAYER, Our Fair City(post apocalyptic podcast), EOS 10,  

Horror-Alice Isnt Dead, The Black Tapes, TANIS, Limetown, Wormwood, A New Winter, Archive 81

Fantasy- Alba Salix Royal Physician, The Elysuim Project, The Bright Sessions, Supervillain Corner

About Odd Towns- Welcome To Night Vale, Qwerpline, King Falls AM, Uncanny County, Tales of THATTOWN

Comedy : Wooden Overcoats, Its About Time, Hadron Gospel Hour, Kakos Industries

I dont know how to categorize Greater Boston, Within the Wires or The Hidden Almanac, but theyre cool too Have not listened to yet- Ruby Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe, The Behemoth, Jim Robbie and the Wanderers, The Cleansed, PleasureTown, Liberty, Atlantik, Hello from the Magic Tavern, Return Home, The Rogue’s Gallery, Were Alive, Were Alive: Lockdown, A Knight Adrift, Metamor City, The Once and Future Nerd, Illusionoid

So having finished Trespasser and absorbing a lot of lore, are we going to talk about the fact that the Dalish lore is 100% truthful? Hear me out.

There’s a conversation in Haven with Solas about the memories of Ostagar, about how the soldier watching a traitor and a villain quit the field and another who saw a competent commander sounding a retreat to save his men. Solas says himself that both these accounts are true, despite seeming to contradict one another. Truth is a matter of perspective.

Solas gives the Dalish a lot of flack for not recording history correctly, and from his perspective that critiscism would appear to be fair. He knows about the evanuris, their plans, their crimes and the intimate underpinnings of the civil pantheon war that resulted in the creation of the veil. However, Trespasser has allowed a third perspective to be considered: that of the elves who weren’t actively participating in Solas’s rebellion against the evanuris but those, evidently, that agreed with the system and worshiped the gods. They saw Solas’s actions in creating the veil / locking away the evanuris as an act of treason, of betrayal, not of salvation. 

Where this becomes really interesting is the Dalish: whom we’ve been led to believe had somehow misinterpreted historical accounts in grossly inaccurate ways. But despite these inaccuracies, they still got a lot of details correct, and the base facts weren’t wrong just with a strange political slant that seemed to have come out of nowhere.

Instead, what is looking far more likely is those elves that were left defending Arlathan and then became the first Tevinter slaves were those who passed down this lore, and from their perspective, all of the Dalish legends would be true. They felt sore and betrayed and cut off from their own world, and it suddenly becomes clear where the Dalish interpretation comes from - it isn’t the Dalish interpretation at all. Somehow they’ve managed to preserve and recount the version of the tale told by those left behind, with uncanny accuracy. 

What might be untrue to Solas - who saw all of this go down - might be true to another group who were in the dark during the upheval and then found themselves alone and dying in the world. Can anyone blame them for idolising what they thought was their last hope and slandering the person they held responsible? 

IFC Midnight Snares Martin Freeman-Starring Supernatural Thriller 'Ghost Stories'
The film is having its world premiere at the London Film Festival.

Today is the premiere of Cargo at the Adelaide film festival in Australia
as well as the premiere of
Ghost Stories at the @BFI London Film Festival.

The film is having its world premiere at the London Film Festival.

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural thriller Ghost Stories, based on the Olivier-nominated stage production, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman and having its world premiere Thursday at the BFI London Film Festival.

Nyman also leads the cast, reprising his role as Professor Goodman alongside Paul Whitehouse (The Death of Stalin, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland), Alex Lawther (The Imitation Game, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Black Mirror) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Captain America: Civil War, Fargo and Sherlock).

Professor Phillip Goodman, psychologist and arch-sceptic, has his rationality tested to the hilt when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying “hauntings.” Shaken by what he reads, Goodman embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for these ghostly stories.

As Goodman investigates, he meets three tormented people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last. Night-watchman Tony Matthews had a horrifying encounter in an empty warehouse and it has haunted him for years. Teenager Simon Rifkind took a late night drive that has rendered him unable to sleep. Mike Priddle, a brash banker, has had his worldview shaken to the core by unquiet spirits that apparently inhabit his otherwise perfect existence.

As Goodman digs into their stories, his carefully maintained and rational world starts to dissolve around him. Is it a trick of the mind or are darker forces at work? Gradually Goodman is drawn towards the unearthing of a long-buried secret that will pull his life, and everything he thought he knew, apart

Dyson is best known as a member of sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen along with Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith which started as a stage act and went on to become a BAFTA Award-winning TV series. He also co-wrote and directed Sky Arts hit series Psychobitches which won the 2015 Rose d’Or for best comedy.

Nyman’s acting career has included roles in many films including Death at a Funeral, Kick-Ass 2, Severance, Automata and Black Death. Nyman is a co-writer and director of magician and illusionist Derren Brown’s TV and stage shows including Russian Roulette, Seance, and Messiah. Their collaborations have been nominated for and won both BAFTA and Olivier awards.

The film is produced for Warp Films by Claire Jones (Sightseers, Kill List), and Robin Gutch (‘71, Kill List) and is backed by Ultimate Pictures and Screen Yorkshire.

Catalyst Global Media and Screen Yorkshire serve as executive producers. Altitude Film Sales is handling worldwide sales. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the U.K./Eire in Spring 2018.

Fiction Podcasts I’ve either listened to or want to at some point.
  • The After Disaster Broadcast
  • Alba Salix, Royal Physician
  • Alice isn’t Dead
  • Archive 81
  • Augustine
  • The Black Tapes
  • The Blood Crow Stories
  • The Box Podcast
  • The Bridge
  • The Bright Sessions
  • Darkest Night
  • EOS 10
  • The Far Meridian
  • Freed
  • Girl in Space
  • Greater Boston
  • The Haven Chronicles
  • Herbarium Podcasts
  • Homecoming
  • The Infinite Now
  • Inkwyrm
  • Jim Robbie and the Wanderers
  • Jarnsaxa Rising
  • Junction Series
  • Kakos Industries
  • Lesser Gods
  • Lake Clarity
  • LEARN Podcasts
  • The Liberty Podcast
  • Limetown
  • Mabel
  • The Magnus Archives
  • Misadventure by Death
  • Ostium Podcast
  • Passage
  • The Penumbra Podcast
  • Rabbits
  • Return Home
  • Rover Red
  • Sayer
  • Scotch
  • Season of the
  • Small Town Horror
  • Space Log
  • Station to Station
  • Steal the Stars
  • The Strange Case of Starship Iris
  • Tales of THATTOWN
  • Testing Connection
  • Uncanny County
  • Under Pressure
  • Welcome to Nightvale
  • We’re Alive
  • What’s the Frequency
  • The White Vault
  • Wolf 359

“ You wanted to see me, boss? ”

“ Yes, Bill.  I’m afraid we’re going to have to let you go. ”

“ But – but why? ”

“ Well, you’re bad for morale.  Everyone in the office is complaining.  All your ideas are half-baked, you’re only paying attention half the time, and in general, everything you do is half-assed. ”

“  But I CAN’T HELP – You know what, never mind, Mr. Hinkley.  I’ll clean out my desk.  And one other thing, while we’re at it … ask your wife for a performance review of me in the supply closet with her at last year’s Christmas party while you were throwing up a bottle of gin in the executive washroom.  Nothing half-hearted about THAT.   ”

Joe Manleey, July 1954

bkwrm523  asked:

Thor/civilian!reader. How do I put this... he doesn't know you've been learning how to fight while he was away (martial arts, whatever). He finds out in the middle of a fight when you kick some serious ass.

It wasn’t like you were staring out the window waiting for a rainbow bridge to shoot open and deposit him into your arms, but you were staring out the window, missing Thor. He’d become one of your closest confidants over the past few years, always able to make you laugh with his stories about growing up on Asgard, or the youthful shenanigans he, Loki and the Warriors Three would undertake. He had a eye for humour, and even when relating tales about past missions that you’d read the reports on, he had an uncanny knack for pulling a laugh from you.

And so you missed him. You missed him enough that you’d spent the past months working on your hand-to-hand training, and your weapons training, all under the careful tutelage first of Steve and then Natasha. You would never be strong like Steve or Thor, and you would never be as deadly or precise as Natasha, but you certainly had become an asset to the team, and even Tony allowed that you were a benefit to have along on some missions.

It seemed a little silly that spending more time with Thor had been the motivation for all the extra work, but you didn’t want to lose out on time with your friend when he was on Earth. You wanted him to really understand the potential of the average Midgardian. And truthfully, you wanted to do anything that would help him notice that you were an available woman. You knew he didn’t have an issue with dating humans, Jane Foster was evidence of that. So it wasn’t completely ridiculous to hold out hope that you could turn his head. Was it?

At any rate, it was a quiet night in the new facility, and you were staring out at the clear starry night. You’d wished on the first star for Thor, and now you were just admiring the constellations. You saw a star shoot across the night sky, and smiled, allowing your imagination to run away on you.

“My lady, you called for me?” The deep rumble startled you from your fantasies and you turned around, seeing Thor standing in the common room, Mjolnir dangling from his wrist.

“I did?” You asked.

“Heimdall said you did,” Thor nodded. “He said you usually do on clear starry nights.” Your cheeks burned in embarrassment and you glared out the window.

“Thanks a lot, Heimdall,” you grumbled. Thor ambled over and dropped to the couch beside you, draping an arm around your shoulder.

“Catch me up, Y/N,” he prompted. “It has been too long, and I am sure there must be tales of adventure had and revels enjoyed.”

“Last week, we were on a mission in Brazil and I totally took out three baddies!” You blurted with a proud smile. Thor leaned away from you so he could look you in the eye, his brow furrowed with concern.

“You were on a mission, Elskaðir?” He asked, looking for clarification.

“Sure. I’ve been going on missions for at least five months,” you nodded, wondering why he looked so bothered.

“FRIDAY, get me Stark?” Thor all but roared.

“Calm down, Point Break, I’m right here,” Tony wandered into the room with casual indifference, as though he hadn’t been rushing from whatever far corner lab he’d been playing in the moment FRIDAY notified him of Thor’s presence.

“What is the meaning of this? You’re taking Y/N on missions now?” Thor was on his feet and moving toward Tony quickly. Tony dodged behind a couch and held a hand up.

“She’s capable!” Tony protested.

“She is a researcher, not a fighter!” Thor argued, still coming at Tony. “She is gentle, and soft, and feminine!”

“Romanoff signed off on her abilities!” Tony continued to move away from Thor. You rose from the couch and stepped between them, putting your hand on Thor’s chest to stop him.

“Is this true, Elskaðir?” Thor asked. You scowled.

“Yes. And I’ve gotta say, buddy, I’m a little insulted that you think I need protecting to the point that I can’t participate in missions. Soft? Feminine?” You very nearly screeched. “So I can’t be part of the team because I’m a woman? Jackass.” You turned to leave the room, your eyes filling with tears.

“That’s not what I’m saying!” Thor grabbed you by the arm, hoping to stop you. You caught him off-guard, and using the hold Natasha had taught you, threw him over your shoulder to make him let go of you. He weighed a ton. He looked up at you from the floor.

“Not so soft and gentle now, am I?” You asked, and stormed out of the room. Thor scrambled to his feet and ran after you, his height giving you such an advantage that he caught up before you made it to your room.

Elskaðir, please!” He exclaimed. You stopped and turned, drawing your breath in through clenched teeth.

“What the hell does elskaðir mean, anyhow?” You asked. “Useless twit? FRIDAY? Can you please translate elskaðir?”

“Of course, Y/N, it is Icelandic for -”

“Beloved. It means beloved,” Thor interrupted the AI. You gave Thor a confused, angry look.

“Beloved? Is that some kind of joke?” You asked, unwilling to accept what you most deeply desired.

“No, Y/N, I do not jest about matters of the heart.” He stepped toward you, and placed a hand on your cheek. “I have loved you for as long as I have known you. From the first time we met.”

“But -” you started, doubtfully. He dipped his head and pressed his lips against yours.

“The fact that you are now a warrior, in addition to your other talents just makes you more precious to me,” he murmured as his arms came around you.