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Reviews Comments: Severely underwhelming, for all the buildup The Fear Mythos whole series review by Mackthe Random

I know it's made by tropers and everything and I'm likely to get a lot of flak for this, but having read a few blogs and the entirety of the trope page, I must say that this entire series is rather disappointing.

It feels like the contributors tried to do too much, too fast. With the core mythos, things were revealed one at a time. From Marble Hornets, we got the Slender Man, then our first proxy, then Everyman HYBRID got the Rake. And that's as far as the original mythos has gone, really. Other than more proxies, nothing else has been introduced. Here, not only do we get upwards of 15 new creatures, they're all introduced simultaneously with little lead up.

Slender Man works because he was built up years and years before any series was created for him.

There are some who think Slendy is only scary because we don't know why he does things. That is not true. It is also because we don't know where he comes from, what he's made of, or how he is capable of doing anything. We don't know enough about him to be able to trust him, and the only things we do know make him untrustworthy. That is why he is able to be feared.

With the creatures in the Fear Mythos, we are told straight up what creatures are made of, where all of them come from, what they can do, and how they are able to do it. There's no air of mystery about them, other than why they do things, and that alone isn't scary.

These things also do not appeal to the same things Slendy does. Slendy seems familiar to us. We've all seen a tall, bald, thin man in a suit at least once in our lives. The fact that he has such a common-looking appearance causes us to think back, trying to remember if that man had a face or not, and makes us question. The Fears are so far off from anything ordinary that they're not scary. Proxies are even more familiar, being regular people, occasionally in masks. We fear them because we have seen things like this before in normal situations, and to see them twisted into something strange ignites some kind of fear in us.

The reason we fear the Rake is because we don't know anything about him. He appeared from nowhere, he's pissed off, and he's feral. That's enough to frighten us.

Keep in mind that I am in no way insulting the writers of the Fear Mythos with this review. I only mean to share my thoughts about the creation of the Fears themselves.


  • cutewithoutthe
  • 13th Jul 11
We are just starting out, yknow. Plus, if you are referring to the series bible, that's mostly there for the writers as a set of "guidelines." In the actual blogs, no, we are not told what they can actually do,

(except one time in the blog Still Remains Within, but that blog is immense shit, so)

so I disagree on that notion.

And, just like Slenderman, if we deviate too much with the appearence, people would blame us for inconsistency, right?

And I also disagree on the supposed "fear" proxies evoke; I am in no way scared of them, and I feel they are negative to The Slender Man Mythos as a whole.

But other than that, your criticism is valid, and yes, we did have a sloppy start, though I think it is very unfair to compare us to the other mythos when we are only in our infancy stage, and the methods of the creation of this series is highly different that went on in the start of the Slendy mythos.

And, out of curiosity, which blogs did you read?

  • AllanAssiduity
  • 13th Jul 11
Honestly, I quite agree with you, Mack; while I'd disagree with some of the individual points, I wouldn't endorse concepts like the Series Bible, if I'd been present when it was conceived. It leaves nothing to the imagination; it violates the most basic principle of writing: show, not tell. If it was a set of guidelines, there'd be no need for it to be open for all to read.

And, frankly, if people were insulted by this review, they have very thin skins. My thanks for raising your points, Mack.
  • DJay32
  • 14th Jul 11
Eh, I'm just glad I made sure alliterator took off some of the finer details to EAT from the bible. I didn't want EAT becoming that predictable. We know a rough idea of how it works, but only like how we "know" how the weather works.

That, and we really should make the series bible private. >.> We're not 100% organized.

And hey, regarding your Rake comment, I tried my best with Moonlit Whispers. Except for that ending. I rushed the ending. But I still made sure the representation of the Rake in the story kept to what the creepypasta told.

But yeah, like Allan, I thank you for the input. We need feedback like this.
  • cutewithoutthe
  • 19th Jul 11
If you'll notice, we have revamped the main bible for you.

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