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The Aykler Report #5 – Dark Humours

Ya Gotta Laugh!

Turns out I’m not the only independent author out there making light of awful situations like zombie apocalypses and laboratory experiments gone wrong. In fact, a bunch of us have gotten together to help one another by helping our fans discover new authors at the same time.

Check out the Dark Humours page for a group of like-minded authors who are offering creative works of dark humor free to one another’s newsletter recipients for the month of July. Most will ask for your email address in return for a download of some pretty hilarious content. Some of it is horror humor, some of it humor in the face of the many horrors in life that don’t qualify as monsters (you know, stuff like bureaucracy, menopause, and ambitious actors), but all of it is worth a look.

Hope you can spare a click or two to help some fellow authors daring to go it on their own!

Humor vs Humour

Maybe you noticed the funny way humor is spelled in this issue’s banner. I sure did.

The “ou” versus “o” thing extends to quite a few other words. Favor versus favour. And perhaps most famously, color versus colour. Most people, myself included, tend to chalk this up to British or European spelling versus US spelling. And that is certainly true, but the word humours has an added twist. A bit of a double entendre, if you will, on the part of the organizer of this group newsletter promo.

Humours is the Brit spelling of humors, but humours is also a reference to the Four Temperaments, an old idea that divided human personalities into four broadly defined groups. You can read more about it at Wikipedia. Suffice to say, it’s the kind of thing that can compel the imaginative sort to all manner of bizarre outcomes (what would happen if a disease made the entire world phlegmatic?). What is most horror other than scientific theories pushed to mythic proportions of frightening craziness (see Frankenstein)? And outdated science is some of the most fun to play with!

It’s something that may come to life in the world of the Silvercrest Experiment. But first, werewolves! More on that in next month’s newsletter.

Yours in undead infection affection,

Al-not-bert Aykler

 

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