The Sins of Professor X (Part One)

Let me roll off some key features of a comic book character and see if you figure out who I’m talking about: Kindly father figure, symbol of peace and tolerance, wheelchair-bound, teacher, bald, eyebrows like the wings of an eagle, enjoys the letter X, disagrees with his more violent buddy, named a school after himself,…

Submissions are OPEN for Fall 2017!

Are you interested in submitting to The Spectatorial? Well, you’re in the right place. We are accepting submissions until OCTOBER 30, 2017 for Volume VIII. Please read our Journal Submissions page to ensure that your piece meets our requirements. We’re looking for: Short Stories Novel Excerpts Poetry Graphic Fiction Academic Papers Articles Interviews Visual Art…

Calling all Bloggers!

It’s that time of the year again: summer is over, school has begun, and The Spectatorial Blog is looking for more writers! If you are interested in writing for the blog, or if you have written for it before and want to submit again, then check out our updated Blog Submissions page to know exactly…

VA-11 Hall-A: Through the Broken Glass

Playing the bar-tending simulator VA-11 Hall-A was like looking into a shattered mirror. Every time I booted up the game I noticed the way its setting—the cyberpunk dystopia of Glitch City—reflected my own. Although the issues Glitch citizens face are greatly exaggerated in comparison to our own (we don’t have to deal with alcoholic talking…

The Wrath of Khan

“How do you feel, Jim?”   Did you ever read a book or watch a movie as a kid and think, “Hot diggity, that was great!”, only to leave it for a long time, get some grey in your hair (seven hairs exactly), and then come back to that movie you loved as a kid…

10 Strange Facts for Stranger Things

I love Stranger Things. And apparently, so does everyone else. Despite its popularity, the rampant critical acclaim of Netflix’s Stranger Things was unprecedented upon its release. The initial script produced by the series’ creators, the Duffer brothers, had been repeatedly rejected by a string of cable networks. It was simply uncategorizable. The ensemble of children…

Speculative ASMR

Speculative settings are known to enchant and exhilarate. Whether you’re flying through space and time, or surrounded by magicians and dragons, speculative works create an overpowering sense of adrenaline and excitement. What proves fascinating is the way in which these worlds and characters are also capable of lulling the audience into a peaceful, sometimes trance-like…

Surviving Humanity in Subnautica

Like most survival video-games, Subnautica’s main premise is straightforward: you have crash-landed your spaceship on an alien planet. You have naught but your wits and the equipment on your landing pod to help you survive (think Robinson Crusoe in a futuristic alien world). Your main goal is to find food, fresh water, and shelter until…

Kiss of the Rose Princess

Guilty pleasures come in all categories—food, books, and TV shows, to name a few. But none of these are as quirky as manga, which can be sweet, ridiculous, and moving all at the same time. The most unusual of these is probably the “harem” genre. Similar to otome games, the genre commonly follows a protagonist…

Bowie Fiction

There was a time during the twentieth century when the position of the greatest science fiction author was officially split into three. The greatest authors were considered to be Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, and Isaac Asimov. Of the three, the latter two came to an official accord on how to respond to questions…