Written by Jonathan Wojcik
A 2015 Creepy Preview!
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A nice, quick video game horror revolving around an off-brand Pokemon knockoff, I can easily see this story going pretty viral, and I can't wait to see some fan-art floating around of this awful battlemonster.
If you're a fan of Artificial Intelligence horror, I thought this was one of the most unsettling I've read in a fairly long time, though as is basically always the case, the A.I. in question is a great deal more sympathetic than the meat-things that created it.
A seasonal and darkly humorous story, emphasis on "darkly." I genuinely didn't see the twist coming for miles, but on a second read it all should have been so obvious. That effect is pulled off by a lot of entries, but I think this has become one of my top favorite examples.
I doubt this will be the most popular story by Johnny this year, who has been fairly productive and inventive since the very first cookoff, but it's definitely a personal favorite of mine and a great warm-up before some of his still weirder, still darker entries.
The Hooligans is a whole series that's been sent in this year, and I thought Pipe Winder made a good introduction to the idea. Every Hooligan is this weird. Some of them might even be weirder! You're going to love them all.
Inspired by some all-too-real medical phenomena, this was one of the first entries this year to feel absolutely terrifying. Your mileage may vary, of course, but it's worth noting that I've read enough horror in my life to experience that sensation only once in a blue moon.
Maybe I'm just a little biased towards food horror lately, but Fry Cook offers a pefect balance of humor and horror in a short, sweet package, split into two parts from two different perspectives that still only take a couple minutes to read.
What's happening in this story is fairly classic, but I can't say I've ever read this scenario from quite this perspective, in quite this way.
This story made me absolutely sick. This is one of the most uncomfortable, graphic body horror pieces we have ever received. Don't say I didn't warn you, but believe me, the payoff is worth it.
After GAVAGE, you might need to cleanse your mind with something a little more lighthearted. This story introduces one of my new favorite "characters" from the cookoff's history, and while part of me wants to know more about him, that would only spoil the charm.
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