Dissecting Canadian Horror Games

What makes Canada an ideal setting for horror stories? Tax benefits aside, Canadian narratives have a long history of depicting ghosts, body horror and the human struggle against nature. Ghosts and the spectral are a particularly important part of Canadian literature in that they bring buried and repressed (and sometimes unknown) wounds to the forefront. What is interesting about all this is that despite the very few games fully set in Canada, they all similarly aligned with narratives of Canadian literature canon.

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Musings: Disney Princes and Fairy Tales

Looking at Snow White in several different iterations in the context of bricolage and palimpsest can help contextualize the mythos and conventions of the fairy tale genre. We see Snow White and other fairy tales prevalent in many forms of media and varying degrees of adaptations because of the basic nature of fairy tales being presented as instruction for morality. The characters, settings and plot lines are not developed so it is easy to add on to these elements to create a new story and the fantasy settings have a pre-established audience drawn to these kind of adaptations. Continue reading