Some people are heroes, some are villains, and some occupy this spine-tingling middle ground. Not all stories are about good guys standing against the world. Some are about bad people who are able to do bad things and get away with them, even for a while. But no, I'm not talking about villains. These aren't … Continue reading How to Write a Hate-Worthy Hero
What makes a good villain? I've already written an article on what I call the Villainous Venn-Triagram, but there's an element I left out: hatability. It's the amount of deadness you want that person to suffer. For example: Voldemort is a good villain, but Umbridge is the one you want to strangle with piano wire. … Continue reading Top 10 Hatable Disney Villains
Quick Note: I'll be on hiatus for February because I just had a child and because we're moving house at the end of the month, so it's going to be nuts. However, I thought I'd drop this for you guys to check out before I vanish. Have a good month! For several months now, I've … Continue reading What the Heck is a Dodecon, Anyway?
The best I've seen of all that I've seen (or played) in 2017. Why? Because art is awesome and we should celebrate it. Particularly, I'm looking at books, movies, video games, and anime. Note: these are not all things that came out in 2017, but things I experienced for the first time in 2017. So … Continue reading 2017: A Year in Art
Still with me? Cool. Let's get to the top 5. If you need an intro, click this link to get the first half of the list and all the qualifiers that make my list right and everybody else's wrong. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm full of it. If you have a Christmas carol you think … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Carols (Part 2)
Before putting any top-ten list on the internet, I need to make two distinctions. First, these are carols, not just Christmas songs. Carols have more to do with Christmas itself and the religious significance than the seasonal trappings. For example, "The First Noel" is a carol, while "White Christmas" is a Christmas song. I'm only … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Carols (Part 1)
We've all got 'em. From black-and-white classics like Miracle on 34th Street to it's-set-on-Christmas-so-yes-it's-a-Christmas-movie Die Hard, each of us has at least two or three Christmas specials we can't do without each year. So I'll keep this blog post short because I want to hear your answers more than mine: what are the Christmas specials … Continue reading What Christmas Specials Do you HAVE to Watch Every Year?
Happy Halloween and welcome to the conclusion to my list of movies and shorts that try to literally scare the Hell out of you. All great horror writers know that humans fear the unknown. Great scares work because we don't predict and don't understand them. And nobody grasped that better than the 1930 cartoon short … Continue reading Top 5 Hell Scares #1–Swing You Sinners!
When you're talking about Hell Scares, you have to include Christians. Up until now, I've just showed depictions of Hell meant to frighten children to insomnia, but this is the first bona-fide scare-you-into Heaven tactic. And it comes from one of Christianity's most prominent and bold singers, Carman. https://youtu.be/cJiheZ3aEug Carman became most famous for his … Continue reading Top Five Hell Scares–#2 A Witch’s Invitation
If you're just joining, a Hell Scare is any depiction of sinners getting their just deserts, lightly toasted. It can be an actual attempt to scare people into Heaven or just a freakish image of the unholy afterlife to make this list. While I don't condone fear tactics alone in Christianity, I admire creativity. And … Continue reading Top Five Hell Scares #3–Disney’s Totally NOT Satan