"Run for your lives!"Bogleech is a website devoted to insects, parasites and monsters in general—in other words, to the phenomenon of horror and all the things that cause it. Topics include horror movies, literature, mythology, TV, toys and video games, as well as facts about scary animals in real life. It was started by web cartoonist and biology buff Jonathan Wojcik, also known as Scythemantis The main site also includes webcomics (notably, Awful Hospital) and flash cartoons, as well as Mortasheen, Wojcik's own idea for a Pokemon-style tabletop RPG, the Creepypasta Cookoff, an annual harvesting of short horror works by his fanbase, and Nightmare Beings, where commenters describe a monster from their dreams to be illustrated by either John himself or a guest artist. Also hosts several nature articles written by himself (and has links to numerous Cracked.com articles by the very same), usually about the less pleasant aspects of Mother Nature (e.g. parasites that cause aberrant supernumerary leg growth in frog).
Works on the site with their own pages:
This website provides examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Objects: Or organs, in this case; two recurring characters in his comics are Brains and Guts, who are a sentient brain and stomach, respectively.
- Author Appeal: Monsters of course, but especially blob monsters, body horror and monsters based on invertebrates (especially flies, earthworms, ticks and cockroaches).
- Broke the Rating Scale: In the Bogleech Pokemon reviews, Gallade and Lucario earn a score of 'Rotting, Rancid Lucario Skull' out of five pokeballs. The rating of 'Five Gold Pokeballs' might have counted at one point, but it's more or less become the standard top of the rating scale since its introduction.
- Goodra gets a GIF of a tumbleweed on account of the fact that Bog has extremely positive opinions of what it is (a slime-dripping slug dragon) but extremely negative opinions of it not being what it could have been (Its preevolution was blind and legless, among other factors). Both opinions were too strong for a neutral rating, so Bog chose not to rate it at all.
- The Abra line was given a rating of '666 and a crudely drawn headbanging demon' as a Take That! to the people who once claimed that Pokemon was satanist propaganda (and often used Alakazam as an example).
- Crapsaccharine World: Mortasheen is something of the Bizarro version of this trope. The setting is a sprawling continent-sized toxic urban wasteland of twisted science that is home to degenerate humanoids and hundreds of species of horrific bloodthirsty monsters (many created by the residents as living tools or weapons) where life is either nasty, brutish and short or agonizingly drawn out for far too long... and yet most sentient beings who live there cheerfully take it all in stride, and behave pretty much like you'd expect if this was a standard happy-go-lucky Pokémon-like world instead of a hell-world that could otherwise give Warhammer 40,000 a run for its money.
- Cute Monster Girl: A Pet-Peeve Trope that he's always happy to see aversions of.
- Darker and Edgier: More like creepier & scarier...
- Edutainment Show: Beneath all of its horror-related trappings, the site is actually incredibly educational, especially regarding biology. That said, it ain't for little kids.
- Eldritch Abomination: Some of his Mortasheen menagerie are Shout Outs to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Some are worse.
- Sometimes appear in the comic and elsewhere on the site too.
- Friend to All Living Things: Up to 11. Wojcik loves all sorts of creatures commonly seen as frightening, repulsive and just plain weird.
- Friend to Bugs
- The only exception seems to be dolphins, but he mostly hates how they're idolized by pop culture.
- That being said, he seemed to be okay with river dolphins if one of blogs on strange animals in to be believed. Then again, river aren't what most people would consider cute and aren't as exposed in media.
- Grossout Show: A lot of the comics, facts, pop culture reviews printed on the site are done for maximum gross-out potential.
- Hostile Show Takeover: As part of the Halloween 2013 event, Bogleech was temporarily usurped by Borfladge, ostensibly a version of Bogleech's website from some other reality.
- Interactive Fiction: Two so far, both as part of Halloween 2013. Nausea Quest and Don't Get Spooked. The former is almost entirely text based, while the latter includes full artwork and over 60 characters.
- Multiple Endings: Don't Get Spooked has three of them:
- Fighting the Nightmare Queen with other monsters, in a parody of Pokémon. She wins, but then she stops being hostile because you have some Ecto-cooler.
- A different fight to the Nightmare Queen is available once you recruit Vulthrax. Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?.
- If you complete the Monster Album you skip the "fight" entirely and you get a Golden Ending.
- Multiple Endings: Don't Get Spooked has three of them:
- Mons: Mortasheen is a dark version of this idea, with several monster clowns, sentient iron maidens, an entire class consisting of various insects fused with humans and at least four different varieties of zombie fetus.
- Monster Clown: Jonathan is quite obviously a fan; Mortasheen contains an entire monster type comprised of this trope, known as the "Joker" class, which is basically equivalent to there being a Pokemon type called "Clown". There are numerous monstrous clown merchandise items in the Halloween galleries, as well.
- Nightmare Fetishist: To the point where he could be considered a Most Triumphant Example. Ironically, as a child he used to spook incredibly easily.
Out of seven thousand (I'm estimating) monsters in the Digimon franchise, the stinking, rotting, bile-belching Raremon is my number one, uncontested most precious baby.
- A good example is the Raremon page, wherein Wojcik fanboys over a creature that looks like a stinking blob of rot and machinery:
- Our Dragons Are Different: Explored in this article, by point out that dragons were depicted as Animalistic Abominations until very recently.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Mortasheen's Vampire-class monsters, aside from extremely freakish forms, are created by infection from an extraterrestrial (possibly extradimensional) super-parasite whose ultimate form is absurdly powerful. Fortunately, ultimate form vampires rarely live on Earth for long. Unfortunately, it's because they leave to spread vampirism to the four corners of the universe and beyond.
- Running Gag: As far as the site is concerned, Christmas does not exist. The few times it has to be mentioned, it is censored as if it were some horrible swearword. Halloween is the one only true holiday (the site owner is even born on that date). It's probably all part of the absurdist comedy style of the articles, but then again...
- Stylistic Suck: Anything ostensibly produced by Burgrr, a creepypasta-born combination of Pocket Dimension, Genius Loci, and Eldritch Abomination formed around the concept of meat processing. It looks like someone flayed the idea of a butcher shop and made a puppet of its skin, and it's a lure for some of their raw materials.
- Surreal Horror: He's a fan of this, favoring the monster designs that are more bizarre and unconventional.
- The Worm That Walks: Wojcik suggests in his review thereof that this might be the explanation for why all of Yu-gi-oh!'s blatantly non-worm 'worms' are referred to as such.Maybe even their solid tissues are just built from different worms, all woven together to construct semblances of other creatures.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Averted. Jonathan and most of the forum members undoubtedly prefer parasitic flatworms that live in snail eyeballs to kittens.
- Some of us like everything.
- Wicked Witch: He has dubbed the "hat-with-legs" variety "Hocus" and the "cauldron-with-legs" variety "Pocus", considering them specific subsets of the witch monster.
- Word-Salad Horror: Some of the entries such as Pokeween slowly degenerate into this kind of prose. The Burgrr.com website uses this kind of writing extensively.
Specific strips from the webcomic include examples of:
- Body Horror: I'm just here to shop!
- It would probably be faster to list the strips that DON'T contain any body horror, really.
- Cute Monster Girl: I don't hate you.
- Lightmare Fuel: Pretty much every strip to some degree.
- Mermaid Problem / Our Mermaids Are Different: Oh... We have ways...
- Our Zombies Are Different: Chapters 90 to 94 have 4 hapless zombie fanatics try to survive an actual Zombie Apocalypse with weird zombies that have strange and deadly abilities. It doesn't end well for them.
- "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Subverted. And then double subverted by the Eldritch Abomination's closing line.
- Shout-Out: Penguins is a parody of Batman.
- Surprise Creepy: The gwound is made of tasty!
- Voodoo Shark: Played for Laughs and Invoked in the below comic
Brains: Alright, that sort of only raised a lot more questions. I apologize.
- Was Once a Man: I was two men!
- Weaksauce Weakness: But even FOUR pirates are no match for Louis-Jacques Thenard, co-discoverer of BORON!