It’s always interesting to ask the child for help on the question of the day, especially when she’s been hanging out on the innernets all day.  Today, her suggestion was “Who would you see if somebody showed you your worst nightmare?”  I won’t elaborate on my answer, which caused her to sigh and tell me “It has to be a MADE-UP person, Dad!”, but suffice to say that the strength of her concept is such that it shall serve us well as today’s subconscious query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would expect to see either Maximilian from ‘The Black Hole’ or Atmos, asking: Which character would you expect to see if someone showed you your worst pop-culture nightmare?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Creepy kids, as in Children of the Corn or The Shining. I have identical twin nephews and when they were 6 yrs old they started denying stuff they did, even real innocent or basic stuff. Like denying it was them I saw at the park, or that wasn’t them I picked up from school. They said it with that absolute certainty you get from little kids and it was creepy as *&*&!!!

    So yeah, Village of the Damned/Children of the Corn (not the demonic ginger, but the blonde devil spawn) for me. Pure nightmare sauce.

  2. Funny answer: Darth Vader, Spawn, and New 52 Heatwave in a bikini contest.

    Serious answer: One of the Crossed. If my choices in life become either “die horribly” or “have my mind horrifically warped” I might collapse in a gibbering heap before the person got in spitting distance of me.

  3. I’m gonna take this literally.
    Launchpad McQuack. As a small child I had a horrifying nightmare about Launchpad. I cannot remember the details at all at this point but it haunted me for weeks at the time.

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