Here's a thread for another story that's part of the Eutopia series. This one is heavily based on my dream journal that I've been keeping for the past two and a half years, as well as many of my dreams in general. Thus, it's a bit more out there than, say, Astral Falls, Mother Meki, or Moville. The science is less important this time around, and I'm not intentionally parodying Tolkien-esque fantasy either.
And while it's definitely ethereal, unlike Belle Grand-Mär (which you might recall as being the extremely dreamlike 16-bit psychedelia story that's basically Scott Pilgrim + Steven Universe + Star vs the Forces of Evil + FLCL + Kill la Kill, etc.), this one isn't whimsical. I mean, it's called 'The Dark Things', so you shouldn't expect anything other than that.
I believe I mentioned a set up very much like this in my 'Saga of Our Destruction' thread. The whole idea behind the mini-series is for it to be a mixture of 'slice of tomorrow' and 'pre-apocalyptic fiction' with a whole bunch of paranormal nonsense thrown on top.
Right now, there are a few stories planned:
- Where The Dark Things Are
- Don't Fear The Dark Things
- You've Seen The Dark Things
All of them centering around that whole uncanny atmosphere, that it feels like civilization is breaking apart but it's a catastrophe no one wants to directly reference or even acknowledge. The world feels like it's ending, and there's extreme anxiety over its end, but at the same time, no one seems to understand what's happening. Compounding that— there are genuinely things happening that no one can understand. This is where the paranormal and Fortean high-strangeness aspect comes into play. There's all these subtle things going on in the peripheral of your vision, dark things that defy logic. It's no fun if a demonic-looking ghost comes screaming at you in the form of a jumpscare— you have to go insane questioning yourself if there's even a ghost there at all. You know something's going to come out and scare you, but it doesn't and you just get more and more tense waiting for it to happen. Coincidentally, you feel the same way about civilization at large. It's no good being tense all the time, so you just try passing the time by putting in your ear buds and listening to a podcast, the hypersonic whining in your ears and the dread in your stomach goes away.
So it's basically a story where very little actually happens beyond the main characters reacting to events with increasing frustration and nervousness.
As to when the first draft of the first story will be around, as usual, I can't say, because this is just a concept. A stronger concept than most others since I already have a novel's worth of words as part of a dream journal, but a concept nonetheless.