I am in bits. I'm in pieces. Shit.

I saw a random fanvid during the week, and on the strength of it I decided to watch through a Chinese historical drama, set in 4th century Southern Liang, called Lang Ya Bang/Nirvana in Fire. 54 episodes, 36 hours worth of show, and I've watched it all at once over the past ... I don't know, five or six days?

I am in pieces.

I just finished the last episode a few minutes ago. This is the first C-drama I've ever really watched, and I think I must have gotten a good one. That was probably one of the most emotionally intense rides I've ever gotten out of a show. Ever. At all. Some of that is probably a result of watching it all at once, some of it is probably because I'm a little emotional at the minute now anyway, but mostly ... mostly I think it was just fucking good. This last episode, the finale, about snapped me in half. I am in bits. I just am.

I'm trying not to spoil anything here. This is not a show that should be spoiled. I'm trying to keep this vague, but a couple of details may slip in. Just ... I'm not thinking entirely sensibly at the minute.

Well, okay, one rant, and one observation.

The rant follows thusly:

The observation follows thusly:

*tilts head* This is going from a comment I saw somewhere, which has a point, I think.

I'm trying to think of supernatural or horror shows that kept up a sustained creepy/eerie/tense vibe throughout. Not blood, gore, or action. Just slow, seeping horror (maybe interspersed with the others).

Of the ones I've seen, I'm actually coming up with very few:

There's the cancelled show Miracles, which had a very low key, pragmatic horror seeping through it (amid sorta more cheerful episodes).

There's Carnivale, which I only saw part of, but appeared to be superbly creepy even while we're heading for apocalypse (could have been the Dust Bowl, Depression vibe had a strong hand in that, too).

There's two anime series, Mushishi and Mononoke, both of which feature a mysterious protagonist drifting through the world dealing with supernatural beings (and both of which I adore). Of those, I think Mononoke gets the edge on creepiness, despite it being far more actiony, while Mushishi was more drifting and calm. That could just be because the Zashiki-warashi arc of Mononoke sorta horrified me, though. *smiles faintly*

There's also the anime series Ghost Hunt, which could be a bit hit and miss, but the "Doll House" and "Forbidden Pastime" arcs were pretty creepy, "Silent Christmas" was kinda heartbreaking, and "The Bloodstained Labyrinth" was freaking scary.

Arguably, there's also the first two seasons of Supernatural, back when the YED was a distant, terrifying figure, and most of the villains were ghosts and other single monsters. There were some fabulous creepy episodes back before the overarching plot took real hold (and some after, too, but they sort of weren't the point anymore then).

*muses* I also remember Kingdom Hospital being quite creepy, but it's been a while since I've seen it, so I'm not sure anymore.

On the sci-fi end, both The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits tended towards creepy and slow-building suspense a surprising amount of the time. Then again, they were anthology shows, and could afford to.

ETA: My Dad wishes to remind me that, if we're mentioning really, really creepy sci-fi, I've been remiss in not mentioning Sapphire & Steel. He is, of course, entirely correct (Assignments 1-4 in particular).

Speaking of anthology shows, on the more kiddy end, there was the surprisingly good Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, which I did, in fact, watch when I was a kid, and remember having the pants scared off me a number of times (then again, I was a jumpy kid).

There's also the (not anthology) show Millennium, which I've seen a few episodes of, but I'm not sure if it's meant to be supernatural or just straight up crime yet. Mind you, it's pretty creepy either way.

And ... after that, I'm sort of coming up blank. I mean, I can think of any number of movies or books that creeped me the hell out, but suspense and atmosphere are easier to maintain over the course of single stories. A series has to hold it longer, and I don't think it works, a lot of the time. Could be wrong, though.

Can anyone else think of others? I'm not looking for action or angst. I'm looking for creepy, or eerie on the calmer end, and holding it relatively successfully. (Bascially, think ghost story more than vampire slayer).

And yes, I am looking for recs. *grins faintly*
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( Apr. 21st, 2012 03:05 am)
Um. So when I said there'd be no fic for a few days? I, um. Sort of lied? *grins sheepishly* Third in the Tony & Bruce series, sequel to Those Bad Days and Those Quiet Moments.

Title: All The Little Things
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Avengers movieverse
Characters/Pairings: Tony, Bruce, JARVIS, mention of the team, Pepper and Betty Ross. Tony & Bruce, Tony/Pepper, and Bruce/Betty
Summary: Tony and Bruce have a conversation, after the Hulk's little ... indiscretion, and some mild misunderstandings
Wordcount: 3741
Warnings/Notes: Angst, and fluff, and these boys? Need all the hugs
Disclaimer: Not mine

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( Dec. 10th, 2011 10:59 pm)
Meme result, for [livejournal.com profile] sablin27, who wanted something from Carogne. This sort of turned into ... a kind of smushing of both her prompts, in a weird way. From this meme.

Title: Old Games
Rating: R
Universe: Carogne
Continuity: set two weeks after Ghosts
Characters: Sebastien, Stefan, mention of the General and Jan
Summary: The past crawling forward. What does the General's son want?
Wordcount: 2386
Warnings: Dark, very dark things. Past torture, among others
Claimer: Mine

Old Games )
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( Nov. 11th, 2010 05:19 pm)
I have to go collapse for the night, but I thought I'd at least get this off my harddrive. Not the continuation, as such. Set before Running Games, I think. Draws strongly from the ficlet series, particularly Lie and Indurate.

Title: Judgement
Rating: Light R (for concept, not graphic)
Fandoms: Supernatural, Norse Myth
Continuity: See above
Characters/Pairings: Hel, Gabriel, Loki, Fenrir, Jor, Lucifer, Michael, mention of Yahweh. Gabriel/Loki, poss hints of Michael/Lucifer
Summary: Hel promised, over Gabriel's slain soul, that someone would pay for what was done. Hel, like her father, keeps her promises.
Wordcount: 2708
Warnings/Notes: doesn't line up well with S6, maybe. And, um ... dark. Black as a very black thing. Loki's family isn't nice
Disclaimer: Not mine

Judgement )
It was meant to be part of a chapter, but it's 3400 words standing alone, so I figured best leave it as an interlude instead -_-; This conversation has been in the works roughly since Operation Apocalypse, and it just ... seemed to fit here? Dean/Cas have been owed an interlude for a while.

Title:  Conversation
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Supernatural, Good Omens
Continuity:  Set immediately following Trust
Characters/Pairings:  Dean and Castiel, primarily, mention of everyone else. Dean/Cas.
Summary:  Two weeks is a long time to be afraid, and Cas just lost all patience
Wordcount:  3403
Warnings/Spoilers:  References back to 4x16 in partic. Dean is ... not a healthy bunny, this one.
Disclaimer:  Still no, unfortunately

icarus_chained: red loki, pointed and sneering (loki)
( Sep. 28th, 2010 09:37 pm)
A little something to tide people over. Continuing the prompt table.

Titles:  Indurate, Capitulate
Ratings:  PG-13 to light R
Fandoms:  Supernatural, Norse Myth
Continuity:  Set between Weregild and Running Games
Characters/Pairings: Loki, Gabriel, mentions of Odin and Lucifer. Gabriel/Loki
Summary: In the quiet, where no-one sees but them
Wordcount: 599 for the two
Spoilers/Warnings: Post 5x22. A bit hard-edged, these two
Disclaimer: Not mine

Look, before anyone asks, I don't even know, alright? I have no idea where this one came from, or why it chose now. *shrugs sheepishly* Also? I seriously want to adopt Jormungandr. I really, really do.

Title: Win, Lose, or Draw
Rating: PG-13
Fandoms: Supernatural, Norse Myth
Continuity: Set a couple of hours after the end of Running Games
Characters/Pairings: Gabriel, Jormungandr, Loki, Castiel, Fenrir. Gabriel/Loki
Summary: Okay, so the game didn't quite go exactly as planned ... Gabriel has a number of panic-attacks, and Castiel meets another of Loki's sons
Wordcount: 4111
Warnings/Spoilers: Post 5x22 again. Also, I feel I should warn for something regarding Gabriel and Jor, and the tongue, but ... I'm afraid I don't quite know how. *sheepish*
Disclaimer: So very much not mine

*takes a deep breath* Much, much belated, I know. Believe me, I seriously had to wrestle with it. I hope the next chapter won't take near so long -_-; Also, this is the first chapter (and indeed the first of my fics, ever) to have been beta'd, so many, many thanks to the awesome [livejournal.com profile] darkamber  and everyone else who offered. Y'all are awesome!

Title:  Trust
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Supernatural, Good Omens
Continuity:  Follows on from Gabriel, set about two weeks later
Characters/Pairings: Crowley, Bobby, Gabriel, Aziraphale, Sam, Dean, Castiel. Aziraphale/Crowley, Sam/Gabriel, Dean/Castiel
Summary: They've gotten the preliminaries out of the way, armed the planet, gotten something to use against the Devil ... now it's time for the endgame
Wordcount: 5520
Disclaimer: Not mine
Warnings/Notes: I'm being horrible to Crowley again. Also, there is a small, throw-away cameo from another fandom in there

Trust )
Part of the Grace Trilogy. A heavily edited and reworked version of a scene that was cut from Bond. Namely, the actual bonding scene -_-;

Title:  Healing
Rating:  PG-13
Fandom:  Supernatural
Continuity:  Set in the middle of Bond
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel, Castiel, Dean, Sam. Shades of OT4, possibly, in whatever combination you want, but gen
Summary:  The forging of the bond
Wordcount:  2119 (which would have bumped Bond up to somewhere around 6500, had it been left in -_-;
Warnings: Bonding. Possibly mild hystrionics.
Disclaimer: Not mine

Healing )
Continuing the prompt table. Set in the Weregild verse, ie Supernatual/Norse Myth crossover.

Titles:  Lie, Exhale, Crave, Urge, Trust
Rating:  PG-13, maybe up to light R for 'Crave'
Fandoms:  Supernatural, Norse Myth
Continuity:  Bridges the gap between SPN 5x19 and Weregild
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel, Loki, Hel, Fenrir, Jormungandr, mention of Lucifer and Yahweh. Gabriel/Loki
Summary:  The immediate aftermath of 'Hammer of the Gods' to the decision to deal with Yahweh
Wordcount:  1718 for the five
Spoilers/Warnings:  SPN 5x19. Aftermath of violence and loss, and ways of dealing with same ('Crave' in particular)
Disclaimer:  Don't own



Because Odin had to find out some time. Can't hide from the All-father, particularly if you're going around freeing his enemies. He takes a dim view of that. This was going to be one of the prompt-ficlets, but those have a 1000 word upper limit, and this went just under double that, so ... Here we are. *shrugs*

Title:  Foreboding
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Supernatural, Norse Myth
Continuity:  Follows just after these ficlets, still well before Weregild
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel/Loki, Odin, Huginn and Muninn. Mention of Hel, Fenrir and Sleipnir.
Summary:  Setting yourself against Odin All-father is at best a dangerous propostion, at worst a very, very bad mistake. Then again, neither Gabriel nor Loki are exactly harmless themselves.
Wordcount:  1995
Disclaimer:  Not mine
Warnings: Norse myths had a tendency to be ... gloomy. Um. Following that trend here, a little.

icarus_chained: red loki, pointed and sneering (loki)
( Jun. 17th, 2010 03:45 pm)
Continuing the prompt table. Set in the Weregild verse, ie Supernatual/Norse Myth crossover.

Titles:  Claim, Respite, Release, Converge
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Supernatural, Norse Myth
Continuity:  The very early years of the Trickster. Prequels to Weregild
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel, Loki, Hel, Jormungandr, Fenrir. Gabriel/Loki
Summary:  Gabriel's first meetings with Loki's children, in all their mildly traumatising glory
Wordcount:  1970 for the four
Disclaimer:  Not mine
Warnings:  Violence and recovery, for 'Release' in particular. Has anyone actually looked at what the Aesir did to Fenrir? And then laughed about? Bloody hell, they deserved what was set to happen at Ragnarok after that! They effing deserved it!

Alright. So I borrowed a prompt list, because it caught my eye. I'm still up in the air about actually taking on the challenge, because I'm so bad at those things it's not even funny, but I did the first five drabbles off the list anyway. Just to see. Slightly out of order, too.

Um. Tell me if you think I should sign up for the full challenge, and try the full thirty?

Title(s): Tell, Inhale, Lurk, Scrub, Regret
Ratings: Nothing above PG-13, I think. 'Scrub' might be a little risque
Fandoms: Supernatural/Norse Myth
Continuity: In my head, these are more or less prequels to Weregild and Running Games
Characters/Pairings: Gabriel, Loki, Hel, Fenris, Jormungandr. Gabriel/Loki
Summary: Gabriel from immediately on leaving Heaven through the early years as a Trickster and part of Loki's family
Wordcount: 1073 for the five
Disclaimer: Not mine




This one was one of the files I lost on my old machine. It's taken this long for me to rewrite from scratch. *heavy sigh* Final part of the series.
Previous parts: Grace, Storm

Title:  Bond
Rating:  PG-13
Fandom:  Supernatural
Continuity:  Direct sequel to Storm
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel, Dean, Sam, Cas. Little bit of OT4, but oddly platonic about it. Can be read either way, really.
Summary:  Gabriel and the boys finish saving Cas. Which involves a four-way bond.
Wordcount:  4385
Warnings:  Bonding
Disclaimer:  Not mine
Notes:  Older series of mine, so we'll say it goes AU after 5x08. Um. Quite a bit AU.

Bond )
I believe I promised a Gabriel/Sam interlude something like eight chapters ago? They wouldn't fit until now, for some reason. But here we are.

Title:  Gabriel
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Good Omens, Supernatural
Continuity:  Set just after The Second Plan
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel, Sam, mention of everyone else. Gabriel/Sam
Summary:  A long overdue talk, an archangel's faith, and wings
Wordcount:  3160
Warnings/Spoilers:  Mention of nasty things during the First War, and Gabriel's wings. Heavy references to SPN ep 'Mystery Spot' (3x16? I think?)
Disclaimer:  Not mine

Gabriel )
Posting from a flashdrive again, and in a hurry, so beware typos this chapter.

Title:  The Second Plan
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Good Omens, Supernatural
Continuity:  Follows straight from Interludes
Characters/Pairings:  Gabriel, Sam, Dean, Castiel, Crowley, Aziraphale, Bobby. Sam/Gabriel, Dean/Cas, Aziraphale/Crowley, all fairly strong this chapter
Summary:  Some playing in the present, pain in the past, plans for the future
Wordcount:  5365
Spoilers/Warnings:  References in particular SPN eps 4x16 (Head of a Pin) and 5x19 (Hammer of the Gods), but is still AU from 5x16. Also refs the Book of Enoch, and the prelude for the Arrangements-verse
Disclaimer:  Still not mine, unfortunately

Some light, soft angst, I think

Title:  Interludes
Rating:  PG-13
Fandoms:  Good Omens
Continuity:  Follows on from Home
Characters/Pairings:  Bobby, Castiel, Crowley, Aziraphale, Gabriel. Sam and Dean too, but they're taking their turn to be unconscious this chapter. Aziraphale/Crowley, Dean/Castiel, Sam/Gabriel, mentions Bobby/Karen (his wife) and Crowley/female!serpent
Summary:  The angels (and demon) get themselves sorted out while the boys rest and Bobby looks on in bemusement
Wordcount:  4950
Warnings/Notes:  Crowley did more things in the Garden than tempt humans with apples, I warn you. Also, I tried to reconciles GO recorporations and SPN possessions, possibly badly. Just so you know
Disclaimer:  None of it is mine

Okay. I seriously debated ever posting this. It's a POV flip for Big Damn Heroes showing the Sam-Dean-Cas-Zira end of things. It was going to be part of Grace but Gabriel sort of took over that part and it just ... didn't fit. Consequently it's ... not exactly in the best of shape. But I figured, what the hey, and it is part of the canon I've had in my head for their reactions.

So. Here's 1200 words of cut scene for those interested.



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