Japanese Pepsi Halloween Cola

Japanese Pepsi Halloween Cola

That pink is scary. The flavor is supposed to be secret and guessed. Some guess cherry or strawberry candy, but I think it’s more like raspberry and bubble gum. Not even cola.

I didn’t edit the photo even though the lighting was dark because the colors and contrasts came out more spooky as is.

Purchased from napaJapan.com.

Fall of the Undead

Some dead leaves still have a little bit of green in them and turn to vampirism, sucking the remaining life from the veins of other leaves to preserve their own.  They can only be destroyed by strong light or driving a rake through them.

This photo is backlit by a computer monitor, with no zoom, getting right up in the creature’s face.  The leaf is lying flat on my desk, but the angle of the lighting makes it look like it’s standing up.

I did nothing to the leaf to create the demonic face, bat wing profile, and expression of dreading the light behind it.  I found it like that.

Mental Illness Is Not a Horror Show… But…

The following is my reply to the opinion piece Mental Illness Is Not a Horror Show – The New York Times.

Mental illness is an easy plot device for writers and directors to go to to insert drama, action, and suspense into their stories, just as slapstick is an easy plot device they go to for comedy.  Anything and everything will be used at some point as a plot device, depending on the current societal triggers.

Mental illness and physical misfortune are emotional triggers, and writers are going for emotion.  Police abuse has been a trigger and is more so now, and has been used as a plot device in dramas and sometimes horror.  Food safety was a trigger when Upton Sinclair wrote “The Jungle”.

People are going to write about triggers, and it can’t be avoided.  The problem with emotional triggers as plot devices is they affect people who have had personal experience with real situations that have not been romanticized, satirized, or dramatized.

The fiction is a constant reminder of the reality, and they can’t help but feel ostracized.  That can’t be avoided either, but nor should it be.  Rather than trying to censor dramatized or satirized depictions of mental illness, gun violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, etc., which is a losing fight, those affected by the reality can use the fiction as an opportunity to educate people about the real consequences, as Dr. Solomon has done here.

Censorship is unproductive, but education produces more knowledge and care about the reality than if the fiction didn’t exist at all.