History Literature / NightShift

16th Jul '17 6:52:38 AM trumpetmarietta
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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In "Jerusalem's Lot", [[spoiler:Boone manages to destroy the book, "[[TomeOfEldritchLore De Vermis Mysteriis]]". But the evil is not destroyed (Boone notes, "The burning of the book thwarted...''it'', but there are other copies"), and to cut his family's ties to the evil, he [[DrivenToSuicide dives into the ocean.]] Unfortunately, that doesn't work either, as a descendant of the Boone line takes up residence in the ancestral home, and events begin again.]]

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In "Jerusalem's Lot", [[spoiler:Boone manages to destroy the book, "[[TomeOfEldritchLore ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore De Vermis Mysteriis]]". Mysteriis]]''. But the evil is not destroyed (Boone notes, "The burning of the book thwarted...''it'', thwarted…''it'', but there are other copies"), and to cut his family's ties to the evil, he [[DrivenToSuicide dives into the ocean.]] Unfortunately, that doesn't work either, as a descendant of the Boone line takes up residence in the ancestral home, and events begin again.]]



* {{Homage}}: "Jerusalem's Lot" is a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] pastiche, written in [[EpistolaryNovel epistolary]] style with sprinklings of PurpleProse, and contains a ShoutOut to ''another'' TomeOfEldritchLore from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, "De Vermis Mysteriis".

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* {{Homage}}: "Jerusalem's Lot" is a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] pastiche, written in [[EpistolaryNovel epistolary]] style with sprinklings of PurpleProse, and contains a ShoutOut to ''another'' TomeOfEldritchLore from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, "De ''De Vermis Mysteriis".Mysteriis''.



** In "Jerusalem's Lot", repeated complaints by the main characters about the ''rats in the walls'' of the mansion and the ''[[Literature/TheDunwichHorror whip-poor-wills]]'' that have taken to nesting on the building. The latter may be a ContinuityNod, alongside the presence of "De Vermis Mysteriis", but the former probably isn't [[spoiler:since it isn't ''actually'' rats, but the undead]].

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** In "Jerusalem's Lot", repeated complaints by the main characters about the ''rats in the walls'' of the mansion and the ''[[Literature/TheDunwichHorror whip-poor-wills]]'' that have taken to nesting on the building. The latter may be a ContinuityNod, alongside the presence of "De ''De Vermis Mysteriis", Mysteriis'', but the former probably isn't [[spoiler:since it isn't ''actually'' rats, but the undead]].



* TomeOfEldritchLore: "De Vermis Mysteriis" has an important role in "Jerusalem's Lot", a homage to Lovecraft. It's used by the local cult to summon an EldritchAbomination appropriately named 'the Worm'.
** ''Necronomicon'' briefly appears in "I Know What You Need".

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: "De ''De Vermis Mysteriis" Mysteriis'' has an important role in "Jerusalem's Lot", a homage to Lovecraft. It's used by the local cult to summon an EldritchAbomination appropriately named 'the Worm'.
** The ''Necronomicon'' briefly appears in "I Know What You Need".
16th Jul '17 6:46:56 AM trumpetmarietta
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* ArtifactOfDoom: In "Jerusalem's Lot", "De Vermis Mysteriis" is a TomeOfEldritchLore created in the short stories of Creator/RobertBloch, and mentioned in a few by Creator/HPLovecraft. [[spoiler:Reading from it temporarily possesses Charles with the spirit of his ancestor and summons an EldritchAbomination.]]

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* ArtifactOfDoom: In "Jerusalem's Lot", "De ''De Vermis Mysteriis" Mysteriis'' is a TomeOfEldritchLore created in the short stories of Creator/RobertBloch, and mentioned in a few by Creator/HPLovecraft. [[spoiler:Reading from it temporarily possesses Charles with the spirit of his ancestor and summons an EldritchAbomination.]]



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Lester Billings. It gets a little lost in the horrific tragedy of his story, but paying attention to all his dialogue reveals he is racist, homophobic, and casually misogynistic and abusive (he speaks of hitting his wife in the same terms one would describe taking out the garbage in terms of problem solving, and also at least once struck one of his young children to silence them, not to mention he slut shames his own wife by talking about 'how easily she went to bed with him before they were married'). While those traits could sort of be chalked up to being the average whitebread man of the 60's and 70's, he crosses the line when scared of the Boogeymen, he purposely moves his son out of his room because the Boogeymen will go for him first. Because he's weaker.]] Whatever fate he suffers, he probably deserved worse.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Lester Billings. It gets a little lost in the horrific tragedy of his story, but paying attention to all his dialogue reveals he is racist, homophobic, and casually misogynistic and abusive (he speaks of hitting his wife in the same terms one would describe taking out the garbage in terms of problem solving, and also at least once struck one of his young children to silence them, not to mention he slut shames his own wife by talking about 'how easily she went to bed with him before they were married'). While those traits could sort of be chalked up to being the average whitebread white-bread man of the 60's '60s and 70's, '70s, he crosses the line when scared of the Boogeymen, he purposely moves his son out of his room because the Boogeymen will go for him first. Because he's weaker.]] Whatever fate he suffers, he probably deserved worse.
6th May '17 7:58:05 PM Mdumas43073
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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: In "The Bogeyman", Lester Billings' three children were all killed by the titular monster.

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* OutlivingOnesOffspring: In "The Bogeyman", Boogeyman", Lester Billings' three children were all killed by the titular monster.
6th May '17 7:57:11 PM Mdumas43073
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** Averted in "One for the Road", whose vampires (like those of ''Literarure/SalemsLot'') are essentially modern versions of the classic vampire.

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** Averted in "One for the Road", whose vampires (like those of ''Literarure/SalemsLot'') ''Literature/SalemsLot'') are essentially modern versions of the classic vampire.
6th May '17 7:55:16 PM Mdumas43073
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6th May '17 7:53:52 PM Mdumas43073
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->''Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear.''

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->''Let's ->''"Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear.''"''
6th May '17 7:53:30 PM Mdumas43073
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6th May '17 7:51:38 PM Mdumas43073
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!!!Tropes in the short stories:

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!!!Tropes !!Tropes in the short stories:
19th Apr '17 12:47:12 AM shamblingdead2
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** Renshaw from "Battleground," despite the good fight he puts up, is a contract killer whom no one will miss.
** Richie Grenadine from "Grey Matter" is described as a loud, fat pig of a man with poor hygiene who neglects and probably beats his child.
19th Apr '17 12:42:55 AM shamblingdead2
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: All of the stories have seen film adaptations, whether in feature films, television films, or shorts. Of note are ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and its many sequels; ''Film/CatsEye'', which incorporated "Quitters, Inc." and "The Ledge"; and ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', adaptation of "Trucks" directed by Stephen King himself. Several ("Children of the Corn" and "Sometimes They Come Back") loose sequels were also filmed.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: All of the stories except "Jerusalem's Lot" have seen film adaptations, whether in feature films, television films, or shorts. Of note are ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and its many sequels; ''Film/CatsEye'', which incorporated "Quitters, Inc." and "The Ledge"; and ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'', adaptation of "Trucks" directed by Stephen King himself. Several ("Children of the Corn" and "Sometimes They Come Back") loose sequels were also filmed.
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