Snakewaist Series Update

Snakewaist is a series of urban fantasy novellas about fairies in the modern world, who have impressive magic-integrating technologies of their own including an internet that cannot lie and the centerpieces of the stories: ferriers.

A ferrier is a mechanimagical animal-shaped vehicle piloted by fairies, for righteous derring-do.  Each has its own identity and they can even join forces with others, transforming into limbs and connecting to become powerful mech suits… about the size of a short man.

They follow the stories of Chaxium and Ladyspiller, young lovers who tackle the intersections of the fairy world and new technologies like a cryptocurrency demon and the Wild Hunt driving a fleet of autonomous cars.

These novellas have just received a light re-edit, so this post acts as a re-publishing for anyone who might be interested.  They’re all freely available here on the blog, starting with Snakewaist.

I hope you’ll give them a try!

Little Nightmares 2 Lore Exploration

(Spoiler warning: full spoilers for Little Nightmares 1 and 2)

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If you’re unfamiliar, Little Nightmares 2 is a horror puzzle-platformer video game developed by Tarsier Studios.  It is a prequel to the first game, and features the first game’s protagonist as a computer-controlled companion.  Players are tasked with navigating a hostile 2.5D world as grimy feral children populated by distorted monstrous adults that attack on sight and, more often than not, kill instantly.

In this post I’ll look to form a cohesive narrative theory of the second game, using only my personal play time and a little light Googling as resources.  This is inherently difficult, given that the world of Little Nightmares, somewhat implied by the title, operates based on dream logic.  Its surreal society draws a distinct line between children and adults, as if the two belong to different species. Continue reading

Hollow Knight Lore: Interpretation and Theories

Warning: This post will discuss the video game Hollow Knight and its story in great detail; it will be filled with spoilers.

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For those of you who don’t know, Hollow Knight is a hand-drawn metroidvania action/adventure video game developed by Team Cherry as their first large-scale game.  Its art style is a melancholy mix of insects, Tim Burton, Studio Ghibli, and a few play-sets full of Gothic architecture. Continue reading