Reading Response

“Last Laugh” from Tales From the Crypt EC Archives

For this reading I used page three to describe how sound could be added to this story to better convey the emotion and involve the audience. In the page I picked, sound effects like music could be added to better add to the mood. Comic books do a good job depicting emotions with the use of color and facial expressions but adding audio would add more suspense and foreshadowing to the overall story.  I will list the sound effects I would pick for each scene to be added.

  1. Running noises and intense music.
  2. Women screaming
  3. Splashes of water and playful music
  4. Dramatic evil sounding music
  5. Growling laughter
  6. Music that sounds very distance and full of suspense

Chapter 8 from Sound Design and Science Fiction,Alien: Audio-Biomechanics

William Whittington gives three functions of sound effect:

  1. To Stimulate reality
  2. To add or create something off screen
  3. To help the director create a mood

After reading Chapter 8, it is very clear that without the use of music and sound effects situations that are experienced int he movie would lack most of the drama and tension that is very present in the movie. The scifi and horror noises go hand in hand when creating a creepy and unfamiliar setting in a story.

Reading Response Week 3

In this week’s reading and media all of the stories had one thing in common, all of the endings where very shocking and unexpected. When looking back at them there are clear but subtle signs of foreshadowing. Like in the Night Gallery: Certain Shadows on the Wall, the viewer could knew about the dream the entire time and that the house was haunted yet who would have guessed that the main character was haunting herself?

Another thing I found to be very interesting and add to the intensity of these stories were the almost cliff-hanger endings. In some ways the reader/viewer knows how it ended but there are still countless unanswered questions. Personally, when I encounter an ending like these I become even more so emotionally invested in the story thinking of possible outcomes or explanations. I found the Last Respects comic to be very twisted and gross, but it did it’s job and had a completely unexpected and trilling ending, but I still don’t know anything about the real horror. I don’t know the suffering the character faced when having to make the decision to eat his dead wife in order to survive, I don’t know anything about what the character, himself, was enduring… the comic just skipped ahead and then suddenly ended. I find these endings to make everything even spookier because there is so much left up to the imagination.

I had actually already read The Lottery and every time I relive the horrible moment of realization when winning the lottery turns in to a nightmare. This author made something that is associated with such positiveness take on a whole new persona. This technique can add trill to any story. Why would anyone think that winning the lottery would result in their death?

I really enjoyed listening to the Edgar Allen Poe audio book, Berenice. The spooky sounds and music added to the mood of uneasiness and sadness that the main character experienced. The reader’s voice made the atmosphere of the dark, dreary mansion come alive and set the tone.

These readings especially make me become emotionally involved in the reading because the characters were so normal and with one event they became a murderer, a victim, or a ghost and without little warning!

Slender Man and Traditional Storytelling

Before reading the two articles I didn’t give too much thought about the type of storytelling affecting the story itself, but it certainly does. Blogging opens so many doors that bring in even more creativity to storytelling. Pictures, videos, and music can be added to express that type of emotion and conclusion that you want the reader to experience. In Web 2.0 Storytelling it discussed the potential of social media sites to be storytelling forums. I never thought of my Facebook or Instagram accounts as posts and pictures that told a story but after reading this article I feel ignorant for not thinking of this sooner. For some reason I had this idea that blogging would be completely different to what I share on my social media pages, instead I found it be even more inclusive to the various storytelling techniques.

Open-Sourcing Horror brought to my attention how interactive and effective that one past can make. It challenges people to be more creative and expressive. Slender Man has had huge coverage online, yet the story has never been told through a book, TV, or cinema. Just by being online alone it is on of the most passed around horror stories and now has countless fans. The internet includes many people into the act of storytelling and things can be passed around much more quickly and broadly. “Digital Storytelling” is going to continue to change as more voices join social media sites and share their creativity.


Shared Horror Story, The Amityville Horror

“The Lutz family, George and Kathy and their three children, bought a house for a steal due to the fact that the previous family, the DeFeos, were brutally murdered in the home. Soon after moving in, the Lutz family begin experiencing strange things.

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Their claims include slime oozing from the walls, strange noises, unexplained fowl odors, large amounts of flies in the house and disembodied voices. George claimed he frequently woke up at 3:15 am to the sounds of music and gun shots. Their daughter Missy had an imaginary friend named Jody, the same name as one of the DeFeo’s daughters.

The father becomes unhinged and things only get worse when he discovers a hidden room in the basement.Something must have scared them, the family fled, abandoning the house and all of their belongings only 28 days after moving in.”