• Urhi

FEATURE: THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NEEDLE DROPS...

Updated: May 2

A cannibal DJ, left to freely roam the wasteland, cackles along the highway; his radio show a desperate attempt to connect with a dying world as he revels in sharing macabre stories of horror. These yarns were spun and passed onto him from a time before, his memory an opaque lens into a generation lost. These cautionary tales may no longer be applicable to the everyday survival of those left with beating hearts, but his imaginary legion of fans wait on bated breath for the next drop of the needle... But where did this manic anthology idea spawn from?

Urhi x The Needle Drops Promo
Urhi x The Needle Drops...

At the height of entertainment's nostalgic focus on the 1980s, TV series' revivals of the classic anthology format came to fruition, with Shudder releasing Creepshow, a modern-day revival of the popular Stephen King penned horror classic, as multiple others came to life at roughly the same time: CBS' The Twilight Zone and AMCs' revered Tales from the Crypt - which is yet to grace the small screen.


These anthology projects rose to recent prominence with Netflix's Black Mirror, where the format explored bleak technological tales of woe whilst reflecting on our increasing societal reliance - some may say obsession - with technology. This elevated the format, providing key social commentary and visualising a new terror exclusive to the modern anxieties of the 21st Century.


The inspiration behind these popular TV shows rests in literature - from short story collections by world-renowned authors, to the penny dreadfuls distributed to the masses in the 19th Century. As new media absorbs many of these stories to tell in admittedly exciting formats, we cannot help but feel unburdened by the weights other mediums carry; short fiction is the perfect vehicle to tell experimental stories unable to be told on the silver screen, prioritising great storytelling, prose and reflective thought on our identities, struggles and tribulations as we navigate an ever-changing landscape, characterised by our own perspectives.



Bringing Great Fiction to the Forefront


“Short fiction is the perfect vehicle to tell experimental stories unable to be told on the silver screen, prioritising great storytelling, emotion and reflective thought on our identities, struggles and tribulations”

Whilst we adore the age-old format of print, The Needle Drops... embraces experimentation, featuring a mixed selection of flash fiction, illustration and short fiction, intended to be also be available as an interactive e-book, with planned forays into other formats such as a podcast, essays and poetry. All-in-all, it strives to be a showcase of the best undiscovered creative minds out there today.