Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake

The novel focuses on a character called “Snowman”, living in a post-apocalyptic world near a small group of primitive and innocent human-like creatures whom he calls Crakers. Flashbacks reveal that Snowman was once a boy named Jimmy who grew up in a world dominated by multinational corporations that built privileged walled compounds to isolate and protect their employees and the employees’ families from a degenerating outside society. The companies had operated by developing and marketing advanced technology products such as medical treatments and genetically engineered hybrid animals, but now no other humans are evident, and the compounds have become decaying ruins.


In the Earth – film directed by Ben Wheatly

Horniman museum

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Thing – film


Research Links

The aquatic gilled mushroom; Psathyrella aquatica.


The spider fungus, invades the spider. Taking over its bodily functions. Causes the spider to invade a hermit crab/spider shell and bite the hermit within. The hermit then burrows into the sand, and the spider binds itself to the hermit with its web. They then enter into a hibernation period. Following the hibernation period, the fungus has engulfed the creatures, whilst retaining certain aspects from both. The fungus then continues to grow from the shell, creating shell-like spines which contain the venom from the spider within them. Now it is able to be in and out of water, the Spungel has the ability to hunt for its next victim in all terrains.

  • Red algae could link to blood like aspect (like flamingos turning pink)
  • Sea snails and spiders are the hosts
  • Science lab scene?
  • Rats with mushrooms coming from their heads – experiments
  • Similar to weaver fish spines, if a human stepped on this shell, they can become infected
  • Shell creates a perfect chasm for releasing spores
  • Even if not stepped on, if lifted up to look or listen to, the shell will release spores
  • Has the advantage of both venom and spore transition

Fossils: fossils found in the hibernation stages etc, buried into the sand/rock,is%20the%20un%2Ddeath%20sentence.


Zombifying Fungi – Scientific Scribbles

Spider & Entomopathogenic fungus, Ophiocordyceps englerian… | Flickr

Fungal Infection on Jumping Spider (Phiddipus putnami) - BugGuide.Net

Cordyceps fungus parasitizing a spider - Stock Image - C028/1635 - Science Photo Library

iNaturalist on Twitter: "Our #FungusFriday Observation of the Day is this Gibellula #fungus, parasitizing what looks to be a jumping #spider! Seen in #Malaysia by siburanlai. More details at: #mycology #nature #

Spider with cordyceps infection (Gibellula sp.) | Photo from… | Flickr