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(io9)   Twelve fictional afterlives worse than hell   (io9.com) divider line 81
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2013-04-25 08:48:56 AM

weavermatic: Having your soul devoured by Warp-beasts because whoops somebody started a Tzeentchian cult in your hive stack.


The thing is that happens regardless of whether you die in the service of the Dark Powers or not. Every ensouled being that dies burns in the Warp. The Cult just means that you soul gets devoured long before your flesh.
 
2013-04-25 08:49:50 AM
Relevant:

Wrist cutters: a love story

Watched it on Netflix, not really knowing what to expect. I really liked it.

If I remember right, the limbo they were in was devoid of all happiness. They go through the entire movie without displaying an real happy emotions.

Bonus, Ron Swanson and this catchy tune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW8HuJQoEaw&feature=youtube_gdata_pla y er

Also, looks like the entire movie is up on YouTube
 
2013-04-25 08:52:52 AM

hardinparamedic: Curiously Absent:

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Hell is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, it's being reduced to a gestalt universal consciousness.


If you're going to include afterlife depictions in anime, I'd have to go with Soul Society as the worst heaven ever.
 
2013-04-25 08:56:27 AM
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2013-04-25 09:04:12 AM
Only clicking the link to see if they mention Dead Like Me. Now let's see...
 
2013-04-25 09:04:52 AM
Nope :(
 
2013-04-25 09:20:56 AM
"Whatever gave you the idea that you were in heaven, Mr. Valentine?  This is the other place!"
 
2013-04-25 09:32:43 AM

FuturePastNow: hardinparamedic: Curiously Absent:

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Hell is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, it's being reduced to a gestalt universal consciousness.

If you're going to include afterlife depictions in anime, I'd have to go with Soul Society as the worst heaven ever.


Yeah, basically you lose all memory, and wake up in a virtually lawless land reminiscent of feudal Japan. The only people with the power to control it are too busy being self absorbed twats to do anything. Good luck if you happen to die as a child.

If something goes really wrong and you get attacked by an outside force the protectors are generally useless and need a bunch of humans to fix it. As soon as the problem is solved they browbeat the humans into leaving by again being self absorbed twats and pretend that they never needed the help in the first place.
 
2013-04-25 09:36:39 AM
List fails without the Cenobites.
 
2013-04-25 10:34:12 AM
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2013-04-25 10:48:25 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: Forgot Harry Potter: hanging out at the damn school, frequently trapped in a painting.


Those weren't souls.  They were just paintings that had been animated magically.
 
2013-04-25 11:16:37 AM
What about Riverworld?
 
2013-04-25 11:32:50 AM
What about Robot Hell?
 
2013-04-25 11:40:37 AM

hardinparamedic: Curiously Absent:

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Hell is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, it's being reduced to a gestalt universal consciousness.


My anime knowledge seems to have drawn a blank on this badly. What is this from, since I am looking for more to watch.
 
2013-04-25 11:41:39 AM

mr.doctor: hardinparamedic: Curiously Absent:

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Hell is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, it's being reduced to a gestalt universal consciousness.

My anime knowledge seems to have drawn a blank on this badly. What is this from? Since I am looking for more to watch.


Forgot the question. Man another coffee is already needed today.
 
2013-04-25 12:04:18 PM
Can't believe nobody has said Silent Hill yet.
 
2013-04-25 12:11:38 PM
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2013-04-25 12:32:14 PM
io9 is terrible.
 
2013-04-25 12:58:45 PM
In House of Leaves, one of the characters has a nightmare in which all the dead are taken to a room with nothing but a giant hole in the middle. Occasionally someone overcome with the boredom of the room will jump into the hole. Sometimes they fall a short distance, then turn into a ball of light and ascend beyond the room and out, presumably to heaven. Most of the time, though, they simply fall. Alone. Forever.

Gives me the creeping willies just thinking about it.
 
2013-04-25 01:52:15 PM

Herr Morgenstern: In House of Leaves, one of the characters has a nightmare in which all the dead are taken to a room with nothing but a giant hole in the middle. Occasionally someone overcome with the boredom of the room will jump into the hole. Sometimes they fall a short distance, then turn into a ball of light and ascend beyond the room and out, presumably to heaven. Most of the time, though, they simply fall. Alone. Forever.

Gives me the creeping willies just thinking about it.


The game Afterlife (LucasArts 1996), while a mediocre sim game, had some pretty good punishments in it.

-You are given a car with no radio, no A/C, and the windows don't roll down.  The road you are on leads to heaven, but it is one large traffic jam.  the other lanes always appear to be moving faster then yours, so you fight to get into it only for it to stop and your old lane start moving (Greed)

-A take on Sisyphus where you start in the mail room of a large corporation (of course, one in hell, so much more pain and suffering).  Through years of backstabbing, blackmailing, and sexual favors you make it to the large office where you are immediately demoted back to the mail room to start it all again (Pride).

-One where you are in a constant state of arousal but you can never release it (Lust)

-You work in customer support for heaven, getting to listen to people complain about how their reward could be better while you are trapped in hell (I forget what sin this was)

Of course, they were more descriptive, but they still had some fascinating takes on enternal punishment.  Your post above reminded me that the ones where you are forever alone were some of the more disturbing ones.  One in particular you were a ghost in a town full of other ghosts who you could not see or interact with, and you would catch a glimpse of another ghost out of the corner of your eye every once and a while, but when you turned nothing was there, which just added to the loneliness.
 
2013-04-25 02:26:09 PM

BuckyFudge: [ebooks-imgs.eb.sonynei.com image 330x500]


Damn, I thought I was the only person who ever read that book.

Yes, that was a messed up set of afterlives. I did think it was a bit trite that 'Universe 1' aka home, was the only afterlife that let one 'escape', but it worked in context.

I really liked some of the imagery, and it was a beautiful paean to the 'neutral' ideal. The Rabbi winding up in the super evil hell universe was cool, as was the reporter who wound up in the 'good' heaven jungle. I really enjoyed that book. I think I'll have to go pick it up again.
 
2013-04-25 02:27:27 PM

PirateKing: BuckyFudge: [ebooks-imgs.eb.sonynei.com image 330x500]

Damn, I thought I was the only person who ever read that book.

Yes, that was a messed up set of afterlives. I did think it was a bit trite that 'Universe 1' aka home, was the only afterlife that let one 'escape', but it worked in context.

I really liked some of the imagery, and it was a beautiful paean to the 'neutral' ideal. The Rabbi winding up in the super evil hell universe was cool, as was the reporter who wound up in the 'good' heaven jungle. I really enjoyed that book. I think I'll have to go pick it up again.


Also, I forgot that the author is also the writer/creator of the Gabriel Knight video games, and wrote all of the novelizations for them.
 
2013-04-25 02:48:29 PM

mr.doctor: mr.doctor: hardinparamedic: Curiously Absent:

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Hell is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, it's being reduced to a gestalt universal consciousness.

My anime knowledge seems to have drawn a blank on this badly. What is this from? Since I am looking for more to watch.

Forgot the question. Man another coffee is already needed today.


Watch Rebuild of Evangelion. They actually put the whole series back together in a way that's understandable, and far more interesting.
 
2013-04-25 02:48:44 PM
Fictional afterlives?

As opposed to what?
 
2013-04-25 03:01:18 PM

hardinparamedic: mr.doctor: mr.doctor: hardinparamedic: Curiously Absent:

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Hell is in the eye of the beholder. In this case, it's being reduced to a gestalt universal consciousness.

My anime knowledge seems to have drawn a blank on this badly. What is this from? Since I am looking for more to watch.

Forgot the question. Man another coffee is already needed today.

Watch Rebuild of Evangelion. They actually put the whole series back together in a way that's understandable, and far more interesting.


Will do thanks! This will be perfect after I finish my Key kick.
 
2013-04-25 03:45:37 PM

Sandwyrm: I always thought the Borg hivemind was a version of hell.  Forever trapped inside your own head, your body being operated by a foreign intelligence, always surrounded by countless trillions of voices that know every single thing about you.

Forever insignificant, just another cog in a mind-blowingly vast machine.  A real implementation of the total perspective chair from the Hitchiker's guide.

At least in real life, you can delude yourself into believing that something you do matters.


Hearing other people's take on the Borg and how they were perceived on the show was one of the first things that clued me in on the fact I was probably a lot more farked up then I realized. :/
 
2013-04-25 06:07:38 PM

Burr: Also...Hell is other people


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Well, you're about a cheerful little f**k.
 
2013-04-25 06:33:04 PM

Egoy3k: headmaster


Oh, that reminds me of another one.
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2013-04-25 07:17:14 PM

optimus_grime: io9 is terrible.


Remember folks, as much as we biatch about Cracked, we could be getting io9 and Den of Fail articles non-stop.
 
2013-04-25 10:59:52 PM
I liked this one movie called Escape from Heaven. Heaven is all old people playing bingo, purgatory is a penitentiary, limbo is an endless luau, and hell is bad, so the characters all sneak into heck. Heck is where all the cool people go!
 
2013-04-26 08:38:14 AM
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Book scared the heck out of me. First book in the series was great - the other books sucked progressively worse.
 
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