Why Are Horror Games Appealing?

Author: Gregor Kirchhofer

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing

ISBN: 3960671091

Category: Social Science

Page: 36

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This book tries to explore why so many people actively seek out and enjoy horror as a form of entertainment. Why some find pleasure in horror is a question that many have asked before, but never fully answered. This book does not claim to deliver a general answer to that question, but rather offers an overview of the most popular theories and hypothesis, as well as a study focusing on the player affect. The explanations and solutions offered include mostly psychological, emotional or general approaches. Every approach presented has its benefits and flaws and will be discussed accordingly. How these come into play individually, as well as in connection to each other, will constitute a major part of this study. After having provided the general theoretical basis of horror and why it might be so appealing to some people, this study goes on discussing the medium game, and in a further step, tries to explore if the unique characteristics of the medium game change the overall horror experience one might have. Different aspects and properties of the medium in question are discussed in detail – how immersion affects us as consumers, what the role of interactivity is and how they both relate to one another in-game, how this understanding comes into play in a game design context and how it can create a whole different experience for the player, and lastly, how certain game design elements can be utilized to further improve the emotional response.

Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror

Author: George R.R. Martin,Edward Lee,Bentley Little,Joe R. Lansdale,Randy Chandler,Graham Masterton

Publisher: Comet Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 270

View: 1000

Spanning over twenty years, 20 masters and modern authors of hardcore horror share their most bad-ass stories in this special edition from Comet Press. Many hard to find and out of print, some that were banned, Necro Files covers every imaginable mode of mayhem including serial killers, necrophilia, cannibals, werewolves, zombies, sex fetishes, psychopaths, snuff, occult, and more stories that dial into the dark side of human nature. TABLE OF CONTENTS George R.R. Martin — "Meathouse Man" Joe R. Lansdale — "Night They Missed the Horror Show" Ronald Kelly — "Diary" Elizabeth Massie — "Abed" Randy Chandler & t. Winter-Damon — "I am He that Liveth and was Dead ... & Have the Keys of Hell & Death" Edward Lee — "Xipe" Ray Garton — "Bait" Gerard Houarner — "Painfreak" Wayne Allen Sallee — "Lover Doll" Charlee Jacob — "The Spirit Wolves" Brian Hodge — "Godflesh" John Everson — "Every Last Drop" Mehitobel Wilson — "Blind in the House of the Headsman" Monica J. O'Rourke — "An Experiment in Human Nature" Graham Masterton — "The Burgers of Calais" Nancy Kilpatrick — "Ecstasy" Bentley Little — "Pop Star in the Ugly Bar" Wrath James White — "The Sooner They Learn" JF Gonzalez — "Addict"

Works and Days

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Arts and society

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Murder Made in Italy

Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture

Author: Ellen Nerenberg

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253012422

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 4040

Looking at media coverage of three very prominent murder cases, Murder Made in Italy explores the cultural issues raised by the murders and how they reflect developments in Italian civil society over the past 20 years. Providing detailed descriptions of each murder, investigation, and court case, Ellen Nerenberg addresses the perception of lawlessness in Italy, the country’s geography of crime, and the generalized fear for public safety among the Italian population. Nerenberg examines the fictional and nonfictional representations of these crimes through the lenses of moral panic, media spectacle, true crime writing, and the abject body. The worldwide publicity given the recent case of Amanda Knox, the American student tried for murder in a Perugia court, once more drew attention to crime and punishment in Italy and is the subject of the epilogue.

Snuff Killers

Der Klassiker des Extreme Horror

Author: Jesus F. Gonzalez

Publisher: Festa

ISBN: 3865524710

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8667

In diesem Klassiker des Extreme Horror zerrt Jesus F. Gonzalez den Leser geradewegs hinein in einen Albtraum. Für Lisa und ihren Mann soll es ein romantisches Wochenende werden. Sie will ihm endlich sagen, dass sie ein Baby erwartet. Aber dann sind da die fremden Männer. Sie wollen Lisa zum Star machen. Zu einem Filmstar. In einem Snuff-Movie ... Lisa erwartet ein grausamer Tod, live vor der Kamera. Doch viel grausamer ist all das, was Lisa tun wird, um zu überleben. New York Times: »Man kann diesem Roman nur schwer widerstehen; du traust dich kaum weiterzulesen, doch du musst einfach ...«

Extreme Paranormal Investigations

The Blood Farm Horror, the Legend of Primrose Road, and Other Disturbing Hauntings

Author: Marcus F. Griffin

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738729418

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

View: 367

Foreword by Ghostvillage.com founder and author Jeff Belanger Okie Pinokie and the Demon Pillar Pigs. The Ghost Children of Munchkinland Cemetery. The Legend of Primrose Road. Join Marcus F. Griffin, founder of Witches in Search of the Paranormal (WISP), as he and his team explore the Midwest's most haunted properties. These true case files of extreme paranormal investigations include the creepiest-of-the-creepy cases WISP has tackled over the years, many of them in locations that have never before been investigated. Readers will get an inside glimpse of these previously inaccessible places-such as the former Jeffrey Dahmer property, as WISP searches for the notorious serial killer's spirit-and the farm that belonged to Belle Gunness, America's first female serial killer and the perpetrator of the Blood Farm Horror. Praise: "A hell of a trip. Highly recommended."—Michael McCarty, Bram Stoker Finalist and author of Monster Behind the Wheel

Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies and Paradoxes

Author: Paul Watzlawick,Janet Beavin Bavelas,Don D. Jackson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393707229

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 1766

The properties and function of human communication. Called “one of the best books ever about human communication,” and a perennial bestseller, Pragmatics of Human Communication has formed the foundation of much contemporary research into interpersonal communication, in addition to laying the groundwork for context-based approaches to psychotherapy. The authors present the simple but radical idea that problems in life often arise from issues of communication, rather than from deep psychological disorders, reinforcing their conceptual explorations with case studies and well-known literary examples. Written with humor and for a variety of readers, this book identifies simple properties and axioms of human communication and demonstrates how all communications are actually a function of their contexts. Topics covered in this wide-ranging book include: the origins of communication; the idea that all behavior is communication; meta-communication; the properties of an open system; the family as a system of communication; the nature of paradox in psychotherapy; existentialism and human communication.


Author: Matthew Stokoe

Publisher: Festa

ISBN: 3865525296

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 3531

Ein blutgetränkter Albtraum. Aber auch ein Meisterwerk der Literatur. Steven ist 25 Jahre alt. Im Fernsehen beobachtet er all die perfekten, fröhlichen Menschen und träumt davon, selbst das normale Glück zu finden. Vielleicht mit Lucy, die eine Etage über ihm wohnt - auch wenn ihre Besessenheit für Vivisektionen echt krank ist. Aber Stevens Mutter würde das niemals zulassen. Sie hasst ihn und will ihn zerstören: »Sie verabscheuten einander seit dem Augenblick, als sie ihn aus ihrer Fotze gedrückt hatte. In der zugemüllten Küche hatte sie ihn auf dem Tisch, an dem sie heute noch aßen, aus dem blutigen Schlamassel zwischen ihren Beinen gezogen und verflucht. Und er hatte ihr, da er spürte, dass es sein ganzes Leben lang noch schlimmer kommen würde, gleich in die Augen gepisst.« Als Steven Arbeit in einem Schlachthaus findet, offenbart ihm der unvorstellbar perverse Vorarbeiter Cripps, wie man durch das Töten von Kühen ?echte Erfüllung? findet. Doch die Tiere beginnen mit Steven zu reden und sie bitten um Hilfe ... COWS, weltweit gefeiert als Kult-Klassiker des Urban Horror, gilt als der extremste Roman, der je geschrieben wurde. Abstoßend, traurig, aber auch originell. AMERICAN PSYCHO ist dagegen Kinderkram. Kirkus Review: »Der literarische Underground-Schocker Stokoe schlägt seine Leser mit dieser blutigen, wirklich ekligen Verhöhnung der Normalität voll ins Gesicht.« Publishers Weekly: »Eine Phantasmagorie der extremen Gewalt, des Todes, der Sexualität, der Bestialität, der Selbstchirurgie, der Folter und einer wirklich, wirklich, wirklich schlechten Mutter-Sohn-Beziehung, die da beginnt, wo der Marquis de Sade aufhörte. Stokoe ist ein begabter Schriftsteller, was den Inhalt umso schrecklicher macht ...« Dennis Cooper: »Sehr verstörend und überirdisch begnadet. Die vernichtende Schilderung des Lebens in der britischen Unterschicht. COWS gilt als der mutigste englischsprachige Roman der letzten Jahrzehnte.« FESTA MUST READ: Große Erzähler ohne Tabus. Muss man gelesen haben. Matthew Stokoe wurde 1963 in England geboren. Nach Aufenthalten in den USA und Neuseeland lebt er heute in Australien. Er studierte Wirtschaftslehre, spielte als Gitarrist in unterschiedlichen Bands und arbeitete für die englische Staatsanwaltschaft. 1998 erschien sein Debüt-Roman COWS, der ihn schlagartig berühmt machte. Das Buch verursachte einen echten Schock und gilt als eines der entsetzlichsten in der Geschichte der Literatur. Weitere Romane sind HIGH LIFE (2002), EMPTY MILE (2010) und COLONY OF WHORES (2014). Mit kalter Prosa schildert Stokoe die Entfremdung des Individuums und den gesellschaftlichen Verfall.

The Athenaeum

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Fundamentals of Shooter Game Design

Author: Ernest Adams

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0133811050

Category: Computers

Page: 50

View: 5255

You understand the basic concepts of game design: gameplay, user interfaces, core mechanics, character design, and storytelling. Now you want to know how to apply them to the shooter games genre. This focused guides gives you exactly what you need. It walks you through the process of designing for the shooter game genre and shows you how to use the right techniques to create fun and challenging experiences for your players.


Author: Carol Oates

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1623429048

Category: Fiction

Page: 330

View: 8798

Candra dreamed of saving the world one person at a time. She never expected to become an angelic weapon and the last hope in a battle against ultimate darkness. Falling for a Nephilim wasn't part of Sebastian's plan. Distraction is something he can't afford when his rival, Draven, wants what Sebastian has. Lies, manipulation, and corruption are twisting the lives of the citizens of Acheron. The Arch is missing from heaven, and a demon is intent on claiming the city. At a time they should be growing closer, grief and paranoia are driving Candra and Sebastian apart. Soon, Candra must face a terrible choice. If the price of restoring heaven is a human soul, who deserves to be saved?

Extreme Snowboarding with Lindsey Jacobellis

Author: Claire O'Neal

Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1612287697

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6943

At ten years old, Lindsey Jacobellis first picked up a snowboard after watching her big brother try it out. Soon she was racing the older boys down the slopes—and beating them. Today, Lindsey is the world’s most successful extreme sports competitor in boardercross—a turning, jumping, heart-stopping downhill race on snowboards—and the halfpipe—a high-flying stylized snowboarding show. On the snow, a driven, fierce athlete emerges from this well-spoken woman with trademark curly blond hair. Her phenomenal talent has taken her from countryside Connecticut to mountains around the world, where she has medaled in a series of X Games, the World Cup, and the Olympics. What a ride!

Mabini Shadows (Manila Urban Horror)

Author: Richard Stooker

Publisher: In Dreams Extreme Press


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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When Dan can finally return to Manila, he remembers his love for the bar girl Lin Lin. So does Raul the police informer. And the Mabini shadows. Now Lin Lin's face consists of a mass of scar tissue, so her shame keeps him away from her old lover. He can't still love her. Or can he? And then Raul wants to tip off the police. While the Mabini shadows lie in way to take their revenge. When Dan first meets Lin Lin on a crowded sidewalk in the notorious Manila bar district of Mabini, he doesn't want a woman for the night. By the time he kisses Lin Lin goodbye to get in the taxi to ride to the airport, he falls in love. Soon after, Mayor Alfredo Lim closes the Mabini bars, and Lin Lin goes to work in a less safe area. Where she meets a customer who doesn't want any other men to see her pretty face . . . so he slashes it with a knife. Now Dan returns to the Philippines, looking to marry Lin Lin. Will he find her, when she doesn't want him to see her scars? If so, will he still love her? The Mabini shadows, who have not forgotten the passions of life, want to know. So does a police informer hoping to profit from getting foreigners arrested for going with prostitutes. WARNING: This short story contains NO explicit sexual content. It is horror/urban fantasy, not erotica. Nightshade Publications first purchased the rights to this short story for inclusion in the magazine HAUNTS, but they didn't put it out before HAUNTS ceased publication. So download Mabini Shadows now.



Author: Joe Hill

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641203937

Category: Fiction

Page: 960

View: 8908

Eine weltweite Pandemie ist ausgebrochen, und keiner ist davor gefeit: Alle Infizierten zeigen zunächst Markierungen auf der Haut, bevor sie urplötzlich in Flammen aufgehen. Die USA liegt in Schutt und Asche, und inmitten des Chaos versucht die Krankenschwester Harper Grayson, sich und ihr ungeborenes Kind zu schützen. Doch dann zeigt auch sie die ersten Symptome. Jetzt kann sie nur noch der »Fireman« retten – ein geheimnisvoller Fremder, der wie ein Racheengel durch die Straßen New Hampshires wandelt und scheinbar das Feuer kontrollieren kann.

Das Grauen von Dunwich

Author: H.P. Lovecraft

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104907358

Category: Fiction

Page: 90

View: 4065

Wilbur Whateley, Sohn einer missgestalteten und labilen Mutter und eines unbekannten Vaters (der nur einmal beiläufig als »Yog-Sothoth« bezeichnet wird), wächst erschreckend schnell heran und erreicht schon nach einem Jahrzehnt das Mannesalter. Bald wundern sich die anderen Einwohner des abgelegenen Örtchens Dunwich, warum Wilburs Großvater so viel Vieh kauft, obschon sich seine Herde nicht vergrößert ... H. P. Lovecrafts einzige Geschichte, in der sich ein längerer Auszug aus dem Necronomicon findet, in ungekürzter Neuübersetzung, der es erstmals gelingt, Lovecrafts speziellen Stil und die besondere Atmosphäre seiner Erzählung in deutscher Sprache schillern zu lassen. »H. P. Lovecraft ist der bedeutendste Horror-Autor des 20. Jahrhunderts.« Stephen King Unter dem Titel »The Dunwich Horror« erstmals veröffentlicht 1929 in der Zeitschrift »Weird Tales« Erstdruck der Übersetzung in»H. P. Lovecraft – Das Werk« (FISCHER Tor, 2017)



Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641053579

Category: Fiction

Page: 1536

View: 4159

Das Böse in Gestalt eines namenlosen Grauens In Derry, Maine, schlummert das Böse in der Kanalisation: Alle 28 Jahre wacht es auf und muss fressen. Jetzt taucht »Es« wieder empor. Sieben Freunde entschließen sich, dem Grauen entgegenzutreten und ein Ende zu setzen. Stephen Kings Meisterwerk über die Mysterien der Kindheit und den Horror des Erwachsenseins. »Ein Meilenstein der amerikanischen Literatur.« Chicago Sun-Times

Sick Things

An Anthology of Extreme Creature Horror

Author: Tim Curran,Randy Chandler,John Shirley,Michael Boatman

Publisher: Comet Press

ISBN: 0982097972

Category: Fiction

Page: 226

View: 2949

Comet Press presents the ultimate collection of extreme creature horror with 17 deviant and gore-soaked stories featuring demons, cannibals, mutants, golems, werewolves, and many more vile creatures. Brace yourself for a wild and bestial ride in these disturbing tales of Sick Things. FANGORIA MAGAZINE REVIEW "Cover every orifice. Comet Press' new collection SICK THINGS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EXTREME CREATURE HORROR is making a beeline for the soft contents of your body—and it doesn't care one bit where it makes its grand entrance, orbital sockets or otherwise. Rest assured this violation will be painful, given the tight confinements of our fallible frames of flesh—but anything less than a full-on ass-rape would probably seem insufficient in the eyes of editrix Cheryl Mullenax. Read on at your own stomach's peril." FATALLY YOURS REVIEW "If you are an extreme fan of horror looking for the ultimate in disgusting, vile and disturbing fiction, Sick Things: An Anthology of Extreme Creature Horror is a must-read…just make sure you have your barf bag handy!" TOXIC GRAVEYARD REVIEW "Recently I’ve discovered the awesomeness that is Comet Press. There is a myriad of small press horror publishers out there, and more seem to be popping up all the time. Many times these small press companies promise “extreme” horror but often what you get is a poorly edited book riddled with grammatical and spelling errors with mediocre unknowns sandwiched between old stories from established authors. Thank goodness for Comet Press. I’ve reviewed their previous releases Vile Things and The Death Panel and loved em both. The bar was set high for Sick Things, and it soared over it on cloven hoof."

Extreme Cuisine

The Weird and Wonderful Foods That People Eat

Author: Jerry Hopkins

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462904726

Category: Travel

Page: 352

View: 1761

"I could not have written A Cook's Tour without this book. There is so much I would have missed. So dig in. Enjoy… Eat. Eat adventurously. Miss nothing. It's all here in these pages." —From the Foreword by Anthony Bourdain Sit down for a meal with the locals on six continents—what they are eating may surprise you. Extreme Cuisine examines eating habits across the globe, showing once and for all that one man's road kill is another man's delicacy! "I've tried to make this book a guide to how the other half dines and why. Over a period of twenty-five years I've augmented my meat-and-potatoes upbringing in the United States to try a wide variety of regional specialties, from steamed water beetles, fried grasshoppers and ants, to sparrow, bison and crocodile. I've eaten deep-fried bull's testicles in Mexico, live shrimp sushi in Hawaii, mice cooked over an open wood fire in Thailand, pig stomach soup in Singapore, minced water buffalo and yak butter tea in Nepal, stir-fried dog tongue, and "five penis wine" in China." —From the introduction by Jerry Hopkins Dive headfirst into food culture from around the world. Join author Jerry Hopkins on a culinary and cultural tour as he explores foods that may seem bizarre, and often off-putting, to us. As he says, "What is considered repulsive to someone in one part of the world, in another part of the world is simply considered lunch." Part travelogue, part cultural commentary and history, and part cookbook (yes, really), with Extreme Cuisine anyone can become an adventurous eater—or at least learn what it's like to be one. Chapters include: Mammals Reptiles & Water Creatures Birds Insects, Spiders & Scorpions Plants Leftovers


The Rise of the Undead King

Author: A. A. Farr

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 145022931X

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

View: 4058

The race against evil has now begun and the warriors have been summoned. Three years have past but the adventure continues as the young Druid named Alex, and his best friends, Leon, Amanda, Kasen and Serge begin their intensive training to vanquish the evil Lich King, Koschei. When their Doctor falls into a severe illness, it is up to them to discover a cure. Unfortunately for them, the cure lies somewhere far beyond their own World and an unlikely predicament follows a series of unfortunate events.