Has Creepypasta Reinvented Classic Folklore?

If you ever read a story online about a haunted TV episode, you've already eaten the creepypasta. Scary viral stories, images, and vids, often very short, are creepypasta — some will scare you so much that they've been nicknamed "shitbrix." And they could be the closest thing we have to folklore in the twenty-first… » 1/06/14 5:21pm 1/06/14 5:21pm

Must-Read Essay: Cordwainer Smith as Folklorist of the Future

Cordwainer Smith remains a unique figure in science fiction history: a pioneer of psychological warfare who lived in China and bonded with Chinese culture. A brilliant inventor of future history whose Instrumentality universe was totally cohesive. But he also created a vision of the future as folklore. » 7/12/13 3:37pm 7/12/13 3:37pm

Saturday Webcomic: Hemlock is the tale of a woodland witch and the…

When Tristan was a little boy, he saw a witch in the woods, an ancient, wild thing who lives in the shell of a giant snail an casts powerful spells from spit and blood. He forgets about the encounter until one day, as a grown man, he falls from his horse, cracking open his skull and awakening to a life very different… » 2/02/13 8:30am 2/02/13 8:30am

10 of the Grossest and Most Grotesque Vampires from Folklore

Vampires get a bad rap in modern Western media for being too pretty. And while there are tons of folkloric vampires who are stunningly beautiful and seductive, plenty of bloodsucking beasts are pretty darn gross. From vampires who let their intestines show to those who vomit up their victims, here are 10 vampires you… » 10/14/12 12:00pm 10/14/12 12:00pm

How to hunt a Basilisk and live to tell the tale

If you're hunting vampires, you'll want to carry crosses, garlic, stakes, and holy water. For werewolves, a gun loaded with silver bullets is your best protection. But what if you're off to hunt the deadly basilisk, that mythological creature that could kill with a single glance? An account of the hunt of the Warsaw… » 8/11/12 5:00pm 8/11/12 5:00pm

Why Remakes Are One of Our Greatest Achievements as a Civilization

Whenever a reboot or remake of a movie comes out, people complain that it's "not original." When creators turn a book or comic into a TV show, critics sneer at Hollywood for having "no new ideas." But they're wrong. What remake-mania demonstrates is that pop culture behaves the way folklore has for thousands of years. » 8/01/12 4:20pm 8/01/12 4:20pm