by Robert Fenner
It's October, and we thought we'd do something a little different this year. For each day in October, MisanthroPop will be highlighting a different horror game that we feel is worthy of your attention. Please do check back in every day until Halloween for a different spook.
Lights Out, Please
Get it at Itch.io (pay what you want)
Collected by Kaitlin Tremblay, Lights Out, Please is an collaborative anthology of thirteen short horror stories written in Twine, each by a marginalized creator. Some are wholly original, while a number of those are unique spins on popular urban legends; both Western and Japanese. The horrors of each story may be supernatural or mundane, but each tale has a distinct message that warrants further reflection after one finishes reading.
My personal favorites are Porpentine's retelling of toilet stall terror Aka Manto, and Carli Verlucci's gristly examination of Kuchisake Onna as a victim of toxic masculinity...as told through the eyes of the aggressor. Favorites aside, all thirteen stories are outstanding.
Lights Out, Please is a chilling experience through and through, and one that solicits empathy from its readers. It's hard not to be moved by this collection. Fans of Ellen Datlow's anthology Little Deaths will find a lot to enjoy in Lights Out, Please, but much like that collection, do know going in that a few of the stories touch on sexual abuse. Highly recommended.