Choose Your Own Chilling Adventure

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You’re driving late one night, while a storm rages around you, spanning for miles. You are unfamiliar with the area, and you are uncomfortable with the situation you are in. So when a tree limb crashes down just a few yards away from you, you know it’s time to seek some shelter.
You see a winding path that doesn’t look quite as dangerous as the road you’re on, so you choose to take it. You drive and drive, the rain coming down harder, and that’s when you see a castle, illuminated by bursts of lightening. It’s frightening and alluring all at once. You park in front of it. 
You decide to:

Knock on the front door


Investigate the exterior of the castle

Rory James: Your Horror Host Extraordinaire

Hello there world. This is Rory James, taking over the Scream Khaleesi blog for a spell. You might be wondering who I am. And that’s a reasonable thing to wonder. I’m a horror host of a small Youtube channel, and I’m working on setting up a podcast. Thrilling, I know. I’m also very much interested in exploring the paranormal. But I think what you’d prefer is a brief summary of who am.

  • 25 years old
  • Washington, DC resident
  • I had a paranormal experience as a teenager. That’s what motivated me to focus on horror and the unknown. What’s my story? Well, that’s for me to tell you, later. 😀

So why did I take over this blog? I figured that Catalina’s blog would be a good place to reach out to people, despite how few followers she may have. Maybe we can teach one another a few things about the paranormal. After all, there’s a lot more to this world than meets the eye, isn’t there?

Expect a new post from me very soon, explaining my own experiences with the paranormal.

Radio Remix

Wow, this is a late blog, but I do have a lot to say!

So this radio show was the first audio assignment that I’ve really tackled. Luckily, my group members were on it. We created a Google doc which made communication a lot easier. We wrote out a script, and from there, we each tackled our own separate sections.

I had some technical trouble on my end. My computer decided that any ability to record audio was overrated. So, I turned to my phone, which fortunately has pretty good recording software. I read through my sections of the script, and I tried to change my voice for each character. I’m not exactly sure how well I did on that part, but it happened!

Next, came the bumper, which I had to do from scratch. I’m embarrassed to say that this radio show was what initiated my first encounter with Audacity. And, at first, I hated it. I can’t even begin to explain how many different Youtube tutorials and articles I had to go through, and the majority of them were useless. Finally, after a few tears were shed, I figured out how to use the program. And that’s when the fun began.

I downloaded a bunch of fair use sound effects (I think I looked up “Spooky sounds download” on Google) and toyed with them. Then, I called my roommate in, and asked her to record the intro. I put her voice into Audacity, but it still didn’t have quite the effect I wanted. She suggested I try using Google Speak, and then overlaying her voice with the computer’s. I tried it out, and was pleased with the result. Adding some reverb and echo helped intensify the spookiness.

After a few more Audacity tears, I learned how to overlay my group members’ audio files with my own. Then, I sent them to Kirk, who put the show together.

I really, really enjoyed live Tweeting the shows, even though I’m pretty sure my followers were thoroughly confused by what was happening. But it was really interesting to hear how the rest of my classmates approached the assignment, and how they all differed. Since this is an online class, it’s easy to forget that there are so many other people taking it. It was cool being able to put a voice to a name.

Overall, I really adored this assignment, despite my own personal issues with the tech used. I was proud that I was able to do an entire group project online, as well as learn how to use a program essentially on my own. I guess all I can say is… This is Corpus Melus, signing off.

Alien Atmosphere

I recall at least part of the second in the Alien franchise, Aliens. But I would be lying if I said I remember most of it. What I can recall are some of the visuals. Ridley Scott is an incredibly talented director, and has proven himself again and again at being able to shoot things in an engaging and captivating way. So, when I decided to watch Alien this week, I knew I would be in for something that was, at the very least, visually exciting. And I was not disappointed.

The camera panning over the hull of the Nostromo, and them moving inside of it, slowly, with little to no sound, grounds the viewer. We know what world we’re in, and we get a taste of what we’re in for. Scott is already building up the suspense,

The atmosphere of Alien is perfect. The music, the visuals, and the effects are what bring the film together. The futuristic world our characters live in doesn’t seem too far off. The film, though made in 1979, does not feel dated. It is a realistic future, and with how far technology is coming in 2015, the idea of a cyborg is not that farfetched.

Scott understands the importance of sound and music, but he also understands when silence is necessary. The actors panting and screaming right before the chest burster scene, for example, does not have music. We aren’t distracted by any other sounds. We only hear what the characters are hearing. We’re experiencing what they are experiencing. This is a brilliant move on Scott’s part, as it draws the viewer in even deeper.

After watching the movie, I believe that Ridley Scott intended to suck the viewer into the  Nostromo. He wanted us to feel what Ripley feels, as well as the sheer terror of the crew. And I believe that he absolutely succeeded.