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Hellsquid

Like horror? Try this little guy on for size:

It’s a real creature, the 25mm promachoteuthis sulcus, a squid found a mile below the surface of the Atlantic. (Here’s its Tree of Life entry [1].)

But in a different size, or sticking out of someone’s stomach, or in place of an otherwise normal human’s head, this thing would be great for a horror game.

It’s those damned teeth — they’re so human-like, and that kind of incongruous juxtaposition can be very creepy. (Via Boing Boing [2].)

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#1 Comment By Sien On October 28, 2007 @ 9:29 am

Haha! I love this!

#2 Comment By John Arcadian On October 28, 2007 @ 9:59 am

I think that is one of the best horror elements. Something so vile and terrifying, as elements that make it humanish. It strikes too close to home, and you begin mistrusting yourself, because it makes you wonder how far away from that you are. I’ve always horror stories that peak at the human psyche.

#3 Comment By Martin On October 29, 2007 @ 7:56 am

I suppose I should have waited until Halloween to post this, but that slot was already taken. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed it.

#4 Comment By Clayton On October 29, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

THat thing is freaky. Pure and simple.

I was wondering if it was photoshopped, till I noticed the Tree of life entry.

*quivers*

#5 Comment By Darth Krzysztof On October 29, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

Oh man, you’ve got to warn somebody before hitting them with something like that!

It is magnificent, though.