Happy Halloween on RPS! Have a load of horror-themed writing to celebrate – Rock Paper Shotgun

Happy Halloween you horrible little monsters! To celebrate the spookiest of all seasons - with the big day itself coming up at the weekend - we've got a whole host of horror-themed articles that you'll see spread out over the week. Like ectoplasm. Or toxic waste. Something thematically oozey.

These will get you in the mood for dressing as a character from a Resident Evil game, or a scary cat of some description. Keep checking the Halloween 2021 tag to see more appearing, out of thin air - like a g-g-g-ghost.

I myself will not be seeing any Halloween action this year, living as I do on a bit of an out-of-the-way street, and in a third floor flat (the entrance to which is directly opposite a community bin that is currently overflowing). We never get a lot of trick or treaters at the best of times, is what I'm saying, and my dance card for themed house parties is also very empty. So I'm not just asking you to experience spooks for these articles for the hell of it. I'm going to be doing the same!

We've put together a lovely shovel-load of takes about horror, from smart to a bit silly, big blockbuster titles to unsettling Bitsy games. A few of them accidentally intersect with things I've been interested in outside of games, like the innate horror of mushrooms, but others cut into the evolution of multiplayer horror, or Untitled Goose Game as compared to Blood Omen. You know, classic stuff.

There are also a couple of juicy interviews with devs coming up who've made some interesting, creepy horror games - including Inscryption, everyone's favourite card game that isn't a card game.

You can find all of them under the Halloween 2021 tag, as I mentioned, but we'll also be linking them in a lovely list here as and when they're published, to make it even easier for you to get your serious or silly horror thoughts on. Keep coming back to see more added to the list throughout this week.

Silt is an upcoming pretty but creepy horror puzzle game that will remind you a bit of Limbo (which is no bad thing). Katharine got a hands on of the demo, plus a chat with developer Spiral Circus' co-founder Tom Mead. He takes her through some of the weird influences on his horror art and Silt - including Beatrix Potter. To be fair, I know exactly the ballet he's talking about and it's pretty fucked up.

More to come later this week!

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