"Run-of-the-mill" seems like a modestly accurate way to describe myself in terms of horror fandom. In certain respects I find that valuable, since ideally I can make an appeal to those like myself, to those who may be testing the waters, and hopefully to the hardcore horror fans as well. (And I sincerely encourage feedback, especially from the latter.) It wasn't until several years ago, the present time of this writing being December of '09 to give perspective, that the genre genuinely appealed to me and I owe all that to the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'IT'. After that, it was a slow and steady progression that grew into watching more Stephen King film adaptations, then into watching general horror films. In more recent years it's branched from solely films into different mediums, namely: comics (comic books, manga, graphic novels, webcomics, etc.), purely written literature, and different games.

But let's get to the point, shall we? The Darkley Niche is something I've constructed after the comic-in-progress that a friend and myself plan on self-publishing, an anthology of short horror stories much in the same vein as 'Tales from the Crypt' and similar titles. The series centers around a faceless persona we've affectionately dubbed Alan Darkley, the Niche's namesake, and a cast of storytellers whose tales fall within particular subgenres and sister genres of horror. This site is the drawing board, if you will, where everything posted is either a form of research or a roughing out of ideas. It's all relevant in some fashion. By exploring these different horror stories and their mediums a better understanding and influence of the genre, as well as inspiration, can be put into the comic. Even if you have no personal interest in the project, perhaps you can glean something from the reviews and the like. And if nothing else, the Niche will work to serve my own purposes.

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Well, here's yours truly. The name's Drew, in case you were wondering. The Niche is my personal site, while the comic-in-progress is a partnered effort with Don, a lifelong friend of mine. We collaborate on the stories, but my partner's the writer in the outfit while I am the illustrator. This is currently little more than a side project, but we hope to make something of it.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Greetings again from the Darkley Niche as we commemorate another holiday: St. Patrick's Day! Instead of going the obvious route with the infamous 'Leprechaun' franchise, we're posting a handful of videos here that variously blend horror and St. Patrick's Day themes. Maybe it will put you in the mood to watch more. Have some laughs, scares, and a few green-dyed drinks with friends, tonight! As our storyteller Vicki would tell you, be sure to party in moderation. She is undead after all, so know your limitations.

And because the YouTube embedding was disabled for this video:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

randomness: Under Bergets Rot

Found this rather entertaining animated music video by happenstance, yesterday. Finntroll, a Finnish metal band purportedly deriving its name from an old legend, combines characteristics found in death metal, folk metal, and an exclusively Finnish style of music called "humppa." Not that we're an expert on humppa, considering that we only learned of it last night, but its fast pace and folk instrumentals seem to pronounce this particular style, here.

If you're a fan of metal, as well as punk rock groups that incorporate folk music and instrumentals, like the Dropkick Murphys, we're sure that you'll also enjoy this. However, should this style of music not entertain, then the animation itself surely will. One part macabre, another part vaudeville, this is the kind of place that patrons of the weird would likely frequent. We certainly would. If there are any entrepenuers out there looking to begin a bar like this, let us know! The Darkley storytellers would love to gather at a watering hole like this one.