June 15, 2009

Dark Humor

Filed under: Games — bilbo @ 9:06 am

I have often been told that my humor is too dark. I laugh at inappropriate times in movies, find stories that are supposed to be horrifying amusing and generally do not enjoy the “horror” genre because of this. Part of it has to do with night terrors (anyone who suffers from this knows what I mean) and that makes the stuff folks traditionally think of as horror seem kind of tame by comparison. However, it goes deeper than that into the genre of humor. What I find “funny” other folks generally find a bit disturbing. Not “ick” disturbing, but more “that seems like it should be in horror” disturbing. Perhaps odd is a better word.
This brings me to writing ASMBE and the difficulties I face here. Now, for me, I usually write the SA! books by kind of letting myself go to that crazy place of fantasy, sort of letting my mind wander and come up with some weird but not dark humor. With ASMBE I find myself sometimes wandering too far afield into the dark and forgetting the humor part. It will be interesting to see if I can strike a balance.


  1. I agree that your humor is rather dark, but mine is a bit twisted as well. That’s probably why we hit it off so well, because I seemed to be the only one who “got” your jokes and laughed at inappropriate times. I say go ahead and get dark. You’ve got weird covered, so I think it’s alright to get dark for a horror game. It’s squirrels! The humor is built in! Go ahead and tread those dark paths!

    Comment by scott — June 15, 2009 @ 11:53 am

  2. Yeah, probably the route I will go but still a concern. It is an interesting challenge to mix humor with horror though.

    Comment by bilbo — June 16, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

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