Nominations for the coveted Hugo Awards came out this Thursday, honoring the best in modern science fiction — and one of the nominees is the author of a popular Twitter account that mocks some of the biggest names in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Huh.
midnight sail The classic Nickelodeon horror series redefines Are you afraid of the dark? But instead of anonymous kids telling horror stories “submitted for the approval of Midnight Society,” it stars top writers like Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dean Koontz.
Written in script form, the account has its own lore, with Kuntz as a healthy, dog-loving child, redwal author Brian Jacques as a small cartoon mouse and harry potter Author of JK Rowling as a Serpentine Castle-dweller.
The creator of the account, who goes by Bitter Bitter gourd, spoke to newsweek About his success, the Hugo nomination, and some of his favorite elements of Midnight Pulse.
The idea originated when Karela’s wife was reading a Koontz book she didn’t like, and she read some passages aloud. Karela suggested that the book sounded like an episode are you afraid of the dark,
“I thought, ‘Oh, that’s mildly funny, I should tweet that.’ I kicked this idea in my head for a few days, imagining a little what it would look like if Dean Koontz was around the campfire, and thinking, ‘Well, he’d probably be talking to other horror writers, ‘” He said Greeley Tribune.
,So I posted some quick little dialogue based on that, and it kinda blew up. And I thought, ‘Oh that’s too bad I only thought of tweeting a couple of these, I have so many ideas!’ But then I realized, oh wait, I can move on too. So it grew from there,” Karela continued.
Despite the tender rib of bitter gourd, many writers celebrate its presence in Midnight Pulse.
“I really didn’t expect much, but I’m actually humbled that a fair number of horror creators have responded well,” she said. “It’s really just a huge thrill to have so many creators that I’ve loved and followed for so long. They’re mostly playing really well and it’s funny that every now and then someone will say ‘ Now that I’m in ‘I’ve been in Midnight Pulse, I’ve totally made it up,’ which is insanely flattering.”
fiction writer Diane Duane Even sells t-shirts Based on her Midnight Pulse character—who lives in the huts of JK Rowling’s castle—in the series. And rest time Writer Nick Mamta had kind words for bitter gourd.
“When someone sits alone in the darkness of my small apartment after eating gas station fried chicken, I’m thrilled to be an inspiration to young queer creators like Bitter Bitter gourd.” newsweek,
so did Search Author Gretchen Felker-Martin.
Felker-Martin said, “A good man could not have had a better piece of honesty, or satire.” newsweek,
Not all response from the writers has been positive, but Karela says she is a fan of almost all the writers featured in Midnight Pulse, except for two.
“I don’t want to name anyone, but sometimes a writer just won’t enjoy it. A couple have blocked me and, I mean, it’s fair, this answer if you don’t want to see something on Twitter.” It’s a mature way of giving,” she said. “Usually I try to keep the joke very light—because most of these are people whose work I really like! The only real exceptions are Joss Whedon and JK Rowling. Those are the two I really don’t like.” So I actually hammer them.”
Karela had particularly harsh words for Rowling, and was critical of the transgender rights movement.
“I think it’s disgusting to have the world’s biggest bank account and the world’s biggest megaphone and use them to attack marginalized people,” Karela said.
As for writing favorite characters, frankenstein Writer Mary Shelley is near the top.
“I have a lot of fun with Mary Shelley, she’s kind of a fan favorite. With her writing and her life, she really comes across as such an original goth and I ended up writing her as Nancy.” have make craftsays Karela. ,He’s like one of those Muppets that Jim Henson would try to use sparingly, but whose point would just be to come on set and help finish a scene.”
Other favorites are more obscure, including an Irish-American author of the 1800s.
“A very minor character but one I’ve always loved playing is Fitz James O’Brien. He wrote an amazing ghost story called ‘what was it?’ Which was basically ‘I smoked a lot of opium and then at night a ghost attacked me,'” Karela said.
“I just love that the story’s narrator doesn’t legitimately see a link between those two events. Because of this, O’Brien basically becomes the stoner of the group, so whenever I need to do one He’ll pop up if needed. Cheech and Chong style routine,” he added.
Another author offered him a chance to explore how different authors deal with similar material.
“August Derleth is running Cthulhu. call of The game is another favorite recurring bit,” she said, referring to the pen-and-paper role-playing game. “It’s also a good excuse to talk about all the different writers who have worked on Lovecraft’s mythos over the years.” has been ‘reconsidered’.”
But, she admits, some jokes are just goofy.
“Frank Belknap Long being a furry is another totally bizarre bit that I don’t know where it came from,” admits Karela. “A lot of gags just kind of happen and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s a lot of fun, I’ll just keep doing that.'”
As news broke on Thursday that Bitter gourd was nominated for Hugo’s for Best Fan Writer, he shut it down.
“Someone mentioned on Twitter that they were about to nominate me and I thought, ‘Okay, I love his voice!’ So I said on my account, ‘Hey, if someone else wants to nominate me, I don’t mind!’ I really didn’t expect anything, but then it happened!” he said.
“I plan on going over my head right away, like the dude who made boondock saintand ripped all my friends apart,” Karela joked, referring to director Troy Duffy, whose subject was whole night, documentary about the making of The Boondock Saints,
More seriously, though, Karela said that although it was unexpected, it was a nice surprise.
“I never expected a silly Twitter account to get noticed,” she said. “Some people have said that Midnight Pulse has helped them deal with the stresses of the past few years, what we are going through in a world of pandemic and hell.
“I don’t want to pretend it’s such a big thing as curing cancer, but it’s great to hear that I can do something that can touch people in a small way,” she said.
Karela will find out if she wins the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer on September 4, 2022. The Hugos, considered the premier science fiction prize, are presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Chicago this year.