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The Depraved Puppeteers5/6/2014The Depraved Puppeteers by Cosmic--Chaos
"Madness, mayhem, erotic vandalism, devastation of innumerable souls— while we scream and perish, history licks a finger and turns the page."— Thomas Ligotti
"Not necessity, not desire-- no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything-- health, food, a place to live, entertainment-- they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied."-- Friedrich Nietzsche
”There's prophet in the gutter in the street
He says ‘You're damned !’-- and you believe him…
He's got a vision but it shines out through your eyes
A world of hatred and fear…
He's felt what love means…
He wants to pay you back with pain
He lies to you he won't let you be
He's got your chains of misery
He won't be still till he's turned your key
He holds your chains of misery”
I was extremely depressed when I wrote this back in May, and I was unsure if I should post it.
This... monologue/rant is not that long, but I admit that I was drinking heavily on the night I wrote the first draft.
I am thoroughly convinced that the most wicked, skin-crawling, most devastating horror stories occur in real life— but I do not wish to offend any talented, hardworking, imaginative fiction writers that might be reading this.
I never intended for any of my horror stories to express an overt historical and political commentary, but fuck that— this needed to be said.
Here, have a soundtrack to go with this shit:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfekV7… www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHVtgA…; www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dPaVk… www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWC92K…; www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj-dHh… www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_dlWw…; www.youtube.com/watch?v=XibCSx… www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_S1Ka…
My horror fiction is primarily based on whatever bizarre nightmare plagues my sleep… or it is borne from the utter depravity one hears about in reality.
Depression, fear, anxiety, and anguish are my muses, and I have written most of my tales under their shadows. ...so be it.
This special kind of wickedness has frightened me (rightly so) since I was 5 years old, whether it was hearing about the Holocaust from a grade-school teacher— to some god-awful bloodbath involving a couple of monsters in person suits blowing up a building or two to bits, or shooting up their high-school.
While the basic points of cosmicism are valid, I neither fear nor despair of the infinite voids of a vast universe that is indifferent to the existence of our planet, and everything that has or will ever transpire upon it.
No, I fear the evil that men and women do.
Make no mistake, reality can be just as frightening as any work of horror, if not more so.
Still don’t believe me? Well then...
For fiction, I recommend Quitters, Inc. by Stephen King, and The Abyss by Steve Vance.
...Social injustice shapes individuals for better or worse; I fear that it’s trying to tear many of us apart. I seek to fight against the epitomes of the unnatural, to thwart atrocities hiding beneath a cheap veil of normality.
When staring down evil of colossal proportions, be sure to stab it right in the fucking eye.
1. Your favorite guy?
-Dante, of course! I swear, he’s the perfect man— if it wasn’t for his horrendous debt problem!
2. Your favorite girl?
Believe it or not!
15. Do you believe that Vergil is really dead?
-No. He’s too stubborn (and badass) to die anyway!
16. Do you believe that Dante changes his outfit a lot?
-Not really, it's always a red/black costume.
And hey, he’s got a damn fine fashion sense. It’s smokin’ and stylish!
17. Do you believe that Trish is somehow Dante’s mother, in some way?
-Nah. Trish looks like Dante’s mother, but she’s not his mother.
18. Do you believe that Nero is Vergil's son?
The connection between Nero and Vergil is too obvious to be ignored. Aside from the obvious physical traits and demonic power, there’s the fact that Yamato responded to Nero when he was on the verge of death, waking his Devil Trigger and healing his body (after being gutted twice by a huge mechanical sword). Nero can wield it in his Devil Trigger from then on without hindrance.
From that day forth, my arm changed... and a voice echoed "Power! Give me more power!" and if I become a demon, so be it… I'll endure the exile... anything to protect her!
I'd expect nothing less from my heir. The only way for you to become more powerful is to embrace your demonic nature, and surpass your human limits.
Is… sanity… the price to pay… FOR POWER?!
Don’t you dare ruin this for me.
I thought Dante was about 40 in DMC4, while Nero was between ages 18-20. Dante and Vergil were between ages 18-20 in DMC3, right?
19. Do you believe that in DMC4 that Dante killed His Holiness because he knew he was a demon?
-Well, actually, they had this quarrel over a pool game going years back, and it never got resolved, so--
...Nah, Sanctus was a demon.
20. If Dante had to choose between Trish or Lady, Who would you root for?
21. What’s your theory on D.M.C., Ya'know Dante's Beginning?
-What, that godforsaken excuse of a reboot?? Terrible! And it’s not just about fake Dante’s appearance, either. Also, it’s in an alternate continuity, no relation to the regular series’ universe.
...Devil May Cry did not need a reboot in the first place! The real series has so much potential, and nearly 7 years since DMC4 (2008) is FAR too long!
22. Was Devil May Cry 2 a waste of time?
-The game itself could’ve been a LOT better. It’s one of those sequels where the developers WANTED to make a sequel, but didn’t really know how to make the game look great.
But at least Dante looks badass (and sexy as hell) in DMC2. And the level design was good.
23. If you could meet one, AND ONLY ONE, character, who would it be?
-Definitely Dante! He’s the personification of “cool”! And stylish, powerful, badass, witty, sexy...
We could hang out in the shop, have some pizza, fight demons, you know-- fun stuff
24. What character can you relate to the most?
-Vergil. We’re both older siblings, have a bad rivalry with the younger. We dwell on our worst failures too much, and tend to screw things up further in regards to "setting things right". ...Oh yeah, and we both slick our hair back :shrug
25. What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you as you were playing/doing something related to Devil May Cry?
-I don’t think anything embarrassing happened to me.
26. Have you ever cosplayed as a DMC character (if so, who?)?
27. The funniest moment of all time in Devil May Cry?
-Dante obtaining Lucifer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pWvKx…
DMC1: Nightmare (third fight)
DMC2: That tentacle thing near the beginning of the game— I forget.
DMC3: Vergil (final)
DMC4: Sanctus Diabolica (and Dante in Mission 11)
29. What was a good addition in DMC4 that made it oh-so-wonderful?
-Nero and his Devil Arm. I think he’s an interesting character.
30. Dante or Vergil?
31. Dante or Nero?
32. Nero or Vergil?
-Nero (if Vergil can be so... bad-tempered)
33. Trish or Lady?
34. The Games or The Animated Series?
35. Devil Trigger or Normal?
36. Sword Master or Trickster?
37. Gunslinger or Royal Guard?
38. Yamato or Rebellion?
39. Ebony & Ivory or Shotgun?
40. Cockiness or Power Hungry?
-Cockiness. It gets annoying, but at least you can make fun of them without being skewered by a katana.
41. Strawberry Sundae or Pizza?
-Both, dammit! Both!
42. Devils or Demons?
43. Dante’s Theme or Nero’s Theme?
44. List all the characters that you have truly fallen for:
-Dante and Vergil (when he’s not power hungry). I would list Nero, but he’s taken
Dante is sexy as hell, and I can wax poetic about how badass, witty, powerful, and stylish he is
45. What games do you like, or want to see that have DMC things in it?
-Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (that game is FUN!)
46. Which DMC game could you absolutely not wait for?
-It’s the end of 2014, and I want a real Devil May Cry sequel!
47. Which one do you like more-- DMC3 or DMC4?
-DMC3, but I love both games.
48. Last question. What makes DMC the best game ever?!
-Dante! He is a great character, cool and loveable, funny and with a strong heart.
The horror elements in DMC1 are awesome. It helps that the game was partly based on Resident Evil.
I also love the references to The Divine Comedy, of course, and it's obvious that the series combat system is badass. The environments are beautiful and haunting as well.
I don’t want to spoil anything explicit, but I did have a fan-girl moment or three when I noticed the homages to Dark City (1996) and Jacob’s Ladder (1990). This being a Shinji Mikami game, there are a lot of shout-outs to the Resident Evil series as well.
If you like horror, mystery, and mad science, play this game. It certainly isn't for the squeamish, however.
I also recommend playing Silent Hill: Downpour. Although the monsters were too humanoid considering the series, the rest of the game was very well done— the atmosphere, the story, the characters, the environments, the soundtrack, etc.
...So how are you guys?
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Favorite genre of music: Industrial, Gothic Rock, Aggrotech, EBM, Electronic, Darkwave, Rock, Metal
Favorite gaming platforms: PS2, PS3, PC, GameCube, Wii, Nintendo 64, Gameboy Advance
MP3 player of choice: iPod Nano
Shell of choice: Bowser spiky!
Wallpaper of choice: Anything spooky or sci-fi
Favorite cartoon character: Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dr. Franken Stein, Light Yagami, Ryuk, Invader Zim, Dib, Miss Bitters, The Simpsons cast, Futurama cast, Gin, Kyoushiro, the SWAT Kats, Road Rovers, Thundercats, Hetalia cast, Eren Jager, Hanji Zoe
Personal Quote: "I'm not afraid of crime; I just hate it."
TRAITS: Intelligent, reclusive, creative, studious, geeky, painfully honest, obsessive, uptight, reliable, high strung, cynical, impulsive, stubborn, rigid, quick tempered, audacious
LIKES: Reading, drawing, writing stories, video games, creativity, freedom, honesty, debating, psychology, mythology, history, philosophy, astronomy & cosmology, biology, space and ocean exploration, the paranormal/ supernatural, ghost hunting, Goth stuff, anthros, cyberpunk, steampunk, animals, cartoons, anime & manga, computers, comics, food, basketball, creepy paintings, capital punishment, when I'm allowed to drive, charitable and hardworking people that succeed honestly and help others with their success, open minded people, coming up with a great idea at 2 or 3 AM when I can’t sleep, huge snowstorms, awesome fan fiction, bizarre unnatural looking creatures, beating the odds, getting mail
HATES: Crime, greed, exploitation, lies, authoritarianism, communism, anarchism, extremism, hypocrisy, corruption, nihilism, sadists, bullies, pollution, oppression, censorship, propaganda/ Genocide, eugenics, racism, discrimination- they’re all on the same scale of evil/ Social Darwinism, Slash, Yaoi & Yuri, "Guro", writer's block, failure, boredom, math, humidity, lazy people, smoking, imperfection, sleep, sunburn, teen "drama" shows, mannequins, loud people, pop music/ Whoever thinks that (awful) ends justify the violent, often exploitative, clandestine, and underhanded means/ People who get rich dishonestly, by committing crimes, and/or exploiting others/ Whoever hunts for sport, and when they don’t use any other parts of the dead animal for ethical means/ People who have a delusion that they’re above it all, and think that people who have different views are stupid.
...OK, enough about that.
FAVORITE WRITERS: H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Gorey, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Fyodor Dostoevsky, S. Anski, Dante Alighieri, Virgil, John Milton, Voltaire, George Orwell, Erich Fromm, Arthur Koestler, Aldous Huxley, Franz Kafka, Clive Barker, H. G. Wells, August Derleth, Frank Belknap Long, Frank Herbert, Joseph Conrad, Jules Verne, Jim Kjelgaard, Joseph Heller, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Andrey Platonov, Leo Tolstoi, Vaclav Havel, Karel Čapek, Hermann Hesse, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Kenneth Oppel, Bill Watterson, Robert A. Heinlein, John Shirley, Ambrose Bierce, C.S. Lewis, Anne Rice, James Frazer, Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, William Gibson, John Shirley, Michael Crichton, Jacques Derrida, T. S. Eliot, Ambrose Bierce, A. Lee Martinez, Roald Dahl, Bill Willingham, and all the writers of my favorite manga series (mentioned below).
FAVORITE ARTISTS: M. C. Escher, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Sidney Sime, Edward Gorey, Stephen Gammell, Jhonen Vasquez, Tim Burton, H. R. Giger, Otto Dix, Todd McFarlane, Yoshihiro Takahashi, Takeshi Obata, Bill Watterson, Salvador Dali, Hieronymus Bosch, Al Hirschfeld, Francis Bacon, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Giorgio de Chirico, Bill Willingham
FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES: Mario series, Crash Bandicoot series, Star Fox series, Donkey Kong series, Ratchet & Clank series, Silent Hill series, Half-Life series, American McGee’s Alice, Alice: Madness Returns, Bioshock series, System Shock (1 & 2), Portal (1 & 2), Left 4 Dead (1 & 2), Dead Space series, Oddworld series, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Resident Evil series, Haunting Ground, Dishonored, Devil May Cry series, inFamous series, The Wolf Among Us
FAVORITE BANDS: Disturbed, Metallica, Grendel, Funker Vogt, Evanescence, Voltaire, The Misfits, Device, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Feindflug, Depeche Mode, Lacuna Coil, The Sisters of Mercy, London After Midnight, The Cruxshadows, Anders Manga, Nine Inch Nails, Tactical Sekt, Aesthetic Perfection, Suicide Commando, VNV Nation, God Module, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, :wumpscut:, The Cure, Gorillaz, Joy Division, My Chemical Romance, Hawthorne Heights, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Black Sabbath, KISS, Theatre of Hate, I Am Ghost, Die Sektor, Skinny Puppy, 45 Grave
Favorite Movies: 9, Akira, Felidae, Black Swan, In the Mouth of Madness, Freaks, Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, M, Sweeney Todd, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, The Crow, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Cube, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, Pacific Rim, BeetleJuice, Death Becomes Her, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Little Shop of Horrors, Event Horizon, Alien series, Blade Runner, Megamind, Dark City, Chinatown, Videodrome, eXistenZ, Shivers, District 9, Alice in Wonderland (any version), Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Fritz the Cat, 8 Mile, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dog Soldiers, Hellraiser, Friday the 13th (first 3), The Shining, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Matrix Trilogy, Eraserhead, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Lion King trilogy, Balto, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Anastasia, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Edward Scissorhands, Orphan, The Godfather trilogy, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon, The Pirates of the Caribbean series, Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series, Rocky series, The Terminator series, nearly every other 2D animated movie, lots of classic black-and-white horror flicks, and anything with zombies.
Favorite TV shows: Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Simpsons, Futurama, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Rocko’s Modern Life, SWAT Kats, Road Rovers, Talespin, Thundercats, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Invader Zim, Danny Phantom, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob Squarepants, Family Guy, South Park, American Dad, The Addams Family, Reaper, The X-Files, Supernatural, The Twilight Zone, Hannibal (2013), River Monsters, Cosmos
Favorite Film-makers: Tim Burton, Roger Corman, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg, George A. Romero, Clive Barker, Roman Polanski, David Lynch, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Ridley Scott, Hayao Miyazaki, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, Akira Kurosawa, Shinya Tsukomoto, Takashi Miike
Favorite Anime/ Manga: Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, Ginga Densetsu Weed, Death Note, Soul Eater, Wolf’s Rain, Hellsing, Franken Fran, Hetalia, Wolf Guy: Wolfen Crest, Bio-Meat: Nectar, Bokurano, Attack on Titan/Shinkgeki no Kyojin,
Favorite Comics: Nil: A Land Beyond Belief, Blacksad, Fables, The Crow, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Squee, Spawn, Doktor Sleepless, Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, Bone, Fritz the Cat, The Astounding Wolf-Man, The Walking Dead, From Hell, V For Vendetta, Girl Genius, Lackadaisy,