You’ll learn something important from today’s featured story … something that you won’t want to forget.
More Than You Know
[Dark] • 8,869 words
Princess Celestia has been keeping a dark secret from her subjects for a very long time.
It’s not an easy truth to tell, but if anyone can accept her after learning it, it will surely be her most faithful student.
FROM THE CURATORS: Our memories of this fic, despite the horror of its core premise, are unanimously pleasant. “This is the sort of fic that gives the Dark tag a good name,” Horizon said. Present Perfect concurred: “It never turns to gore or jump scares or even a visage of evil to send shivers up the spine. It’s about trust and authority and power, and the best part is —”
(Wait, where was I? Was someone speaking? Oh, right —)
“— it makes perfect (if twisted) sense within the context of Equestria,” Chris said.
And that faithful reflection of the canon world and cast was part of what made it such exemplary My Little Pony fanfiction. “It’s a thought-provoking and terrifying horror story that still somehow feels true to the spirit of the show,” JohnPerry said. Horizon added: “It plays beautifully off of young Twilight’s eager naïveté. Her character voice really reinforces the sense of wrongness.”
That wrongness was controversial — “I feel like Celestia does have a point,” Bradel said, and he would have preferred to see more discussion of the morality behind the story’s premise — but even so, he found the story exemplary for its effectiveness. “Obselescence picks his pieces very effectively to make the story more horrifying,” Bradel said. “The sheer weight of menace in the ending is absolutely amazing.”
Read on for our author interview, in which Obselescence discusses sticky misspellings, overstated victories, and how to give writers better advice.