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Wheel of Misfortune: The Zodiac of Horror. Austin Coppock gets freaky and fun with archetypes found within the horror genre and astrology.
posted by hermitosis (10 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I did not have to read the 'posted by...'. Great fun, thanks for posting
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 6:25 PM on October 16, 2011


It's an interesting list of tropes, but what has it got to do with the zodiac? I think maybe somebody's gotten a little too used to assigning those twelve names to twelve interchangeable blurbs.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:39 PM on October 16, 2011


I think maybe somebody's gotten a little too used to assigning those twelve names to twelve interchangeable blurbs.

Isn't that pretty much what the Zodiac is in the first place?

I do have a fondness for categorizing things, though, so I enjoyed this. I'm sure someone's made a Periodic Table of Horror already, so this just simplifies things.
posted by MShades at 7:34 PM on October 16, 2011


Mine talks about Lord of the Rings and Blood Diamond. I think the Zodiac of Horror is broken.

thumps wheel with fist
posted by mannequito at 7:57 PM on October 16, 2011


Mine talks about Lord of the Rings and Blood Diamond. I think the Zodiac of Horror is broken.

King talks about the horror in Lord of the Rings in Danse Macabre, and uses that for the Mordor trip in Dark Tower. think about the Shelob sequence.

come to think of it this seems like it owes something to King's three horror archetypes
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:39 PM on October 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


This post is the MetaFilter subtitle motherlode. I'll start:

MetaFilter: Satan's Toaster
posted by Riki tiki at 4:12 AM on October 17, 2011


Isn't that pretty much what the Zodiac is in the first place?

No, it's a mythology that's been ingrained in western culture for 2500 years or so. There is something to be learned of the human condition from it's beliefs and superstitions, and in the effort to stamp out quackery and fraud, we sometimes forget the underlying power of the zodiac's symbolism on society. It's one hell of an influential archetype. This link did a great job tying in modern mythological tropes with ancient ones.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:06 AM on October 17, 2011 [4 favorites]


I really enjoyed this link, thank you hermitosis

on preview, appreciating what Slap*Happy says
posted by infini at 7:21 AM on October 17, 2011


Aw... I can't help but feel a little gypped at the treatment Capricorn gets in this. Conformity? Zombies? Really?

I never thought I'd say this, but I'd have been happier if I'd wound up as Satan's toaster.
posted by Graygorey at 10:26 PM on October 17, 2011


I'm a Taurus. I assumed I'd lurk in the middle of mazes/houses/The Overlook
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 10:34 PM on October 17, 2011


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