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The creators of Sunless Skies are giving tips on writing weird horror in our new forums

(Image credit: Failbetter Games)

Sunless Skies was one of our favorite games (opens in new tab) of last year, in large part due to the fog-drenched Fallen London setting and evocative writing from developer Failbetter Games, which also developed Sunless Sea.

Ineffable sky horrors may defy explanation, but the writing of them doesn't: The Failbetter crew is hanging out in our new forums (opens in new tab) this week to offer advice on writing weird horror and interactive fiction, with practical tips from their experience creating some of the best narrative adventures on PC.

They're also giving away some gorgeous Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies-themed playing cards. Here's what Failbetter has posted so far and what's to come:

If you missed the news this week, you've probably gathered that we have forums now (or again, if you've been around for a while). The PC Gamer forums (opens in new tab) are another way to chat about the latest in PC gaming, give advice or ask for help from PC Gamer readers and writers, and interact with guests like Failbetter from time to time.

We also hope to bring the best material from the forums onto the site, and will be inviting answers to our weekly questions (opens in new tab) in the General Gaming section. This week's question: What game would make a great Netflix series? (opens in new tab)

If you're new to the forums—which most are given that they launched just yesterday—sign up and introduce yourself here (opens in new tab). You'll find Failbetter's posts in the Studio Spotlight (opens in new tab) section this week.

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.