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Fanfic Recs / The Thing (1982)

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Outpost 31 Forums

  • Recommended by RickTyger
  • Source of many a piece of information and a great many ongoing discussions about the nature of the Things. Also includes sections for the prequel and the game.

Outpost 31

  • Recommended by RickTyger
  • The definitive The Thing fansite. Has a very large collection of information about the movie and plenty of fan works.

Published Works

The Things by Peter Watts for Clarkesworld Magazine

  • Recommended by Jonn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Thing from the point of view of the Thing.
  • Comments: Creepy as the film itself, and it explains several questions about the infection. Non-linear though, so you may want to brush up on the film's synopsis.
    • Spectral Time: Great story, lame, contrived, needlessly-evil ending.
    • Pepinson: Sounded pretty righteous to me.

Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials by Wayne Barlowe has an entry on the Thing.

  • Recommended by JackG
  • Synopsis: A mock field guide including artist impressions, in this case the alien morphing from husky into its natural form.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Unfinished Business

  • Recommended by JohnAlexanderHitchcock
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An optimistic continuation of both the Carpenter film and the prequel centered around the survivors teaming up with a Russian expedition team to destroy the Thing once and for all.

Who Goes There? by RisTigger

  • Recommended by mariic
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: What happens when a group of friends have an all night gaming session? Everyone's just there to have fun and roll some dice, but the GM has his own plans for how this game is going to end. Mac, a board gamer and odd man out, must try to keep the group together under extreme stress. What is the GM planning, and why doesn't anyone seem to know what this game is about? Who Goes There, the last game you will ever play.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

The Love of Broken Biomasses

  • Recommended by Peryton
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Eywa/The Thing.
  • Synopsis: Eywa finds true love in the form of an assimilatory alien organism.
  • Tags: Crackfic, Darkfic (it's humorous in tone, but it contains quite a lot of Fridge Horror and potentially terrifying descriptions), Yuri, Mars Needs Women


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