Explore ‘The Sinking City’, a video game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

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It may surprise you to learn that many video games released over the years have been inspired by books. The Witcher games are based upon the Polish fantasy series written by Andrzej Sapkowski, Spec Ops: The Line is a modern retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and BioShock takes cues from the likes of Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley.

Those of you who enjoy video games and books will want to check out The Sinking City, an upcoming game from Frogwares. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, The Sinking City sees players exploring an open city where things aren’t all they seem.

The game takes place in the 1920’s in a factional city called Oakmont in Massachusetts. The 20’s may have been a time of jazz, consumerism, and gangsters, but Oakmont has remained secluded from the rest of the US since it was founded in the 17th century. The residents distrust outsiders and the city is full of dark secrets, including shocking religious rituals that were passed down from the Vikings and Natives who first settled in these lands. As if this weren’t bad enough, much of Oakmont’s streets are submerged due to a mysterious flood that seemed to arrive from nowhere.

The flood brought with it strange and horrifying creatures which prowl the streets, but that’s not all. The locals claim to feel the presence of something much bigger and more alarming, a presence which is slowly but surely driving them mad.

Players will step into the boots of a private investigator who has travelled to the city to locate a missing person. The entire city will be open to explore and players will have to rely on their own cunning to progress through the story. There will be no hand holding, you are given a name and from there you’re on your own. Explore the city and speak with locals to find new clues that will spur your investigation onwards.

Insanity and incomprehensible creatures are a staple of Lovecraftian horror and these themes will be present in The Sinking City. Encountering supernatural occurrences or distressing situations will take a serious toll on the player character and gamers should be careful to ensure the same madness that’s engulfing the city doesn’t put an end to their investigation.

The sinking City is set to be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. An exact release date is yet to be announced but we’ll no doubt hear more on it over the next few months. You can follow the game on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

13 Ridiculous Ways to Store Your Books

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Storing books used to be so easy: all one would have to do is place a book on a shelf and hey presto! Your books are displayed.

Some people have decided that bookshelves are so last century and have been attempting some daring and kooky shelving options. Books can now be dangled, strung up, float on invisible shelves, be shoved in some foam padding, or displayed like an arty picture. Anything constitutes a shelf now: pipes, crates, a knife block- the ultimate recycling.

Check out some of the ridiculous idea below and see if you fancy adopting one of these shelving ideas!

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10 Alice Inspired Gifts Straight From Wonderland

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Alice is one of the best loved characters in literature, and as we get ready for the festive season we’ve been adding some new Alice inspired goodies to our online store. I am so excited at the new stock, I’d like to keep one of each design for myself. Do I really have to share?

Have a look and see what you think. We offer worldwide postage too so wherever you are we can bring Wonderland to you! Read More

Roald Dahl Story Company to donate profits to charity

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Roald Dahl once wrote:

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The people behind the Roald Dahl Story Company Ltd have decided to take these words and live by them by donating a percentage of the company’s profits to charity.

Roald Dahl had given his time and money to charity all his life, and even helped design an innovative and life-saving valve for children with hydrocephalus. His tireless efforts to improve children’s health and well-being continued after his death when his wife created the charity The Roald Dahl Foundation in 1990.

The charity rebranded as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity on the 1st of November 2010, and up until 2013, it focussed upon supporting children with brain and blood conditions. Post-2012 the charity decided to focus on all serious illnesses that affect children, as well as a broad aim to improve literacy.

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Artist Creates Stunning Author Woodcuts

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We all have our own way of paying homage to our favourite authors but blogger and artist Loren who goes by the name woodcuttingfool has his own unique way of showing his love for his favourite writers, but carving them into wood.

The woodcutter/writer from Hollywood, LA has created a series of woodcuts of all his favourite authors and they really are stunning. It’s astonishing that someone can create such a likeness with a few simple cuts of wood. Check them out below:

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Iconic Literary Homes Imagined

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When reading any book the characters are the most important thing, but often their surroundings are as iconic as the characters themselves. Many of the classic novels feature houses that almost have a personality of their own, where would the Bilbo be without Bag End, or Mrs Havisham without Satis House, and can you even imagine Mrs Weasley without the Burrow? Read More

5 Ways to Upcycle Old Books

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Old and forgotten books are being reincarnated as pretty trinkets thanks to some clever folk all over the internet. Butterflies, flowers, and even lampshades are being sculpted from the pages of dusty old books left to rot in attics all over the world.

DIY Everywhere collated some of the best ways to recycle old tomes, using the pages to bring us novel ideas…

Check out the images below and see if anything grabs your fancy! If you find one you like then head over to the website to watch their videos, and to cut, fold, and stick along with them. If book folding and origami are your thing just follow the links below and find your perfect book match.

Happy paper folding!

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