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

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.

10 More Humorous Reviews of Classic Novels

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A few months ago, we posted an article about 10 amusing reviews of classic books from Harry Potter to Wuthering Heights. A quick look on Amazon will reveal that there are plenty of funny reviews to be found for classic books, some serious, some genuine, but all worth a chuckle. We’ve taken another look and found ten more reviews of classic books that made us smile. Read More

If The Office did Shakespeare, it would be hilariously awkward

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Have you ever wondered if there was a way to make Shakespeare shorter and more accessible?

Elodie from SparkNotes has made it her life’s mission to create smart and funny ways to bring Shakespeare into the this modern world of instant gratification. Drawing from her extensive knowledge of the bard, and her deep love for the cringe-worthy comedy The Office (US), Elodie has created something beautiful.

Here is Shakespeare’s work as you have never seen before.

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Literary art ‘Books’ by Elizabeth Sagan are angelic and inspiring!

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‘Books’ by Elizabeth Sagan is a series of literary photography art run by the founder of My Book Features’ on Instagram.

Surrounded by books carefully positioned to create magical, inspiring, and beautiful scenes, Elizabeth’s ‘Books’ is a wonderful Insta feed to scroll through. Check out some of our favourites below- and find more at her main Instagram page- Elizabeth Sagan.

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Mr Kipling’s Exceedingly Good Roald Dahl cakes

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Roald Dahl is well-known for his vivid descriptions of eating and food, both enticing and repellant, anyone who has read his books can agree. My favourite-James and the Giant Peach- sees Dahl’s fondness for food woven through the whole story- he even dedicates a whole poem to Centipede’s love for food. Any time he mentions food it is never just ‘eaten’- it is munched, crunched, slurped, gobbled up, gulped down, wolfed, crammed, and stuffed. It’s slimy, stinky, creamy, jellied or roasted, crunchy and scrumptious.

It should come as no surprise that the people at Roald Dahl’s literary estate have teamed up with another British national treasure like Mr Kipling to bring us something extra special this Summer. Mr Kipling has been a part of British culture since 1967; a promise to be baker-quality produce, and their slogan “Exceedingly good cakes” helped make the company a household name by 1976. They first joined forces with the Dahl Estate last year but this time round they are rolling out the produce for every supermarket- and wholesale.

Spread the scrumptious love!

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Literary Tweets in the style of POTUS 45

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Tweets from our favourite literary characters would be great fun… But how could we make it even funnier?

Take a handful of literary characters, mix with some light-hearted ribbing about the Tweeting style of the 45th president of the United States of America and the result is this…

A fabulous blog of fake, obnoxious, and hilarious literary Tweets.

We could’ve made so many of these but for now we have just these ten Tweets to tickle your funny bone.

Let us know if you have any more ideas on Facebook or Twitter!

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When ‘spell it how it sounds’ goes terribly wrong…

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Sometimes advice is well-intentioned but doesn’t work in all instances- like the ‘I before E’ rule, for example, or ‘spell it how it sounds’. Clearly people can get confused, and despite trying their hardest they occasionally come out looking like a fool.

We have all been there, right? When we are unable to remember how to spell a word and have to take a massive guess… Sometimes it works out- often it does not.

Here are 10 examples of when “Just spell it how it sounds” is actually terrible advice.

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