October Terror Story #07 The world to reverse.

by Robert Fenner

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The world to reverse.
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Translated by my buddy satsu, The world to reverse. is a duo of micro visual novels by the doujin circle 17. The first, Hallucinate, takes place in a hospital bed where the injured protagonist is repeatedly visited by a girl in white, hatred burning in her eyes. Initially bleak, who she is and what she wants will only be discovered by the adventurous.

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The second work, Flanca, is a period piece set in Europe during an ambiguous time. Our protagonist is a young boy who meets another boy behind an opera house, and is invited to watch the boy perform in a girl's role. You can accept or refuse his offer, and every point of your brief adventure branches off in one of two directions...usually leading to unpleasant ends.

The world to reverse. is such a brief experience, and such a powerful, uncompromising one at that, that I am loathe to say more about it. Please see it for yourself; both stories can be finished within an hour.

October Terror Story #01 Lights Out, Please

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.

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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.

Index

October 3rd - Katamari Damacy
October 2nd - BASEMENT
October 1st - Lights Out, Please