In late March, with 10% of the worldwide maritime traffic on hold, Tumblr blogs everywhere were flooded with ‘trouble in the Suez’ memes and… fanart of a very tired man with glowing eyes? Egypt may have a billion dollars in damage, but horror podcast listeners mourn the end of The Magnus Archives this April. Despite a masterfully-orchestrated narrative arc, most of the episodes stand alone as statements taken from the victims of paranormal disturbances. I’ve gathered some of my favourites here as a taste-test:
The classic MAG 1: Angler Fish, featuring a haughty Jon and an Edinburgh street.
You may lose your torch in MAG 15: Lost John’s Cave, or your sister.
There’s something seeping through the walls in MAG 18: The Man Upstairs.
Not even MAG 27: A Sturdy Lock will keep it out.
Students are a little too interested in MAG 34: Anatomy Class.
There was no one there, MAG 85: Upon the Stair.
Reading: All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle. I've been trying to get my hands on this since its release in 2019, and when it finally arrived I was too scared to start it. Now that I have started, I'm too scared to stop. YA magical realism at its chef's-kiss finest.
Viewing: Thank goodness good ol' Ruckus got its monthly show in before lockdown this week. If you've never attended a Ruckus poetry slam, take this as your sign to buy tickets next month. Always a laugh, you enter the venue with strangers and leave - after a few beers and a whole lot of dinosaur puns - as strangers who have worn silly hats and listened to some good and not-so-good poetry together.
If you've never watched Bojack Horseman, now is the time to rectify that. All seasons can be found with a simple Netflix search, and if you don't have a Netflix account, well... I'm sure you can find a way. Bojack is a profound examination of the human condition and the ways in which our past shapes us, somehow it manages to do all of this heavy labour and still be hilarious. From a long list of deep and complex ultra-relatable characters, there is bound to be a character you connect with.