Critically Acclaimed Horror Film or EPIC Inbasket?

  1. You encounter a strange, cult-like group that lives in almost total isolation from the outside world. They jealously guard their arcane knowledge and practice some exceedingly cruel rituals. Very strange things happen, sometimes under the influence of excessive caffeine, but you ultimately feel at home there because they give you a sense of family.
  2. You find yourself in an opulent but sinister setting that possesses subtle but undeniable links to antebellum slavery. Everyone who has been there longer than you seems to have completely lost the will to live. You are warned by at least one of them to get out. You try to comply but powerful forces keep pulling you back.
  3. You attempt to put an end to recurrent late culture notifications. Yet no matter how many times you get rid of it, a malevolent force keeps returning it to you with increasingly disturbing revisions. Eventually, the notifications becomes real and possesses you, making you do terrible things.
  4. A powerful elder, known to you as SME, explains that you and your friends must take part in a time-honored rite to appease the Ancient Ones. A barely articulated sense of dread follows you. Others cannot see it, and it may exist only as a curse. The Elders call it an “Encounter”.
  5. Your monomaniacal focus and overweening perfectionism push you to the brink of delusional madness and self-harm. The more self-destructive your habits and the deeper your obsession, the more you are applauded by those around you.
  6. Carefully hidden from the privileged lives of those on top, a vast underclass toils away below. They are forced to live shadow lives paralleling those of their more fortunate counterparts but with terrible compensation for their efforts. Only those who venture below seem to recognize that this under-class exists, and those who escape from below forget where they came from.
  7. You attempt to live an ascetic life according to the strictures of your culture’s rigid belief system. Authority figures regularly berate you, finding you insufficiently devoted.

~ Rizwan Sohail

Inspired by Erika Vause’s article on horrors of PhD Programs @ McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.



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