Having grown up on a diet of weird stuff (my grandparents weren’t the best at monitoring my reading/watching/listening habits, which means that I saw ‘Psycho’ before I was 14 and had a steady pop culture diet of horror, science fiction and escapist fantasy), I naturally gravitated towards the weird, morbid visual of Ghost Rider, a skeleton on a flaming motorcycle.  But no matter how many Johnny Blaze adventures I have read or how many times I’ve doodled his headbone face, I’d be utterly petrified to see the real article up close and personal in the proverbial dark alley.  Even the wacky CGI Nicholas Cage movie version gives me the creeps to see in motion, leading us to today’s uncanny query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also be very intimidated to see 500 pounds of mobile stone walking my direction, even if it were charming, ever-lovin’ and blue-eyed with a Brooklyn accent, asking: Which of your beloved fictional characters would be most terrifying to encounter in the proverbial dark alley?


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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. It would have to be someone I sort of like, huh? I’ll go with Judge Dredd. I may have been jaywalking, or something at some point, you know…

  2. Any of the Super Sentai heroines in their non-Ranger forms. Usually meeting a beautiful Asian woman in a dark alley means something very bad is about to happen to me and I’ll probably wake up in a hospital.

      • A few times, yes, ranging from being assaulted and mugged to defending someone from an assault (obviously poorly, but at least they got away). A few of the incidents I’m honestly surprised I got off with merely a severe beating and not being stabbed or anything.

        At least I can’t say I have an uneventful life, even if it is mostly a series of bizarre situations.

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