“She’s dead, wrapped in plastic,” mutters Jack Nance over the telephone to town sheriff, Harry S. Truman, setting in motion a chain of events that takes a beleaguered horror writer from the relative comfort of his home in New York to the sprawling, majestic Pacific North West. Naturally, I am blending together two unadulterated cult hits, one a pop culture phenomenon and the other its imitator, yet the two are so superbly intertwined that they could conceivably exist within the same fictitious universe - the Lynchian world - where the façade of idyllic lifestyles, whether suburban or country based, hide beneath them a melting pot of pure, almost never ending darkness. For as Remedy’s own Alan Wake himself discovers and pronounces in the game’s superb, cliff-hanger finale, “It’s not a lake, it’s an ocean.”
I am perhaps rambling incoherently now, lost in the illness induced fervour that had me revisit my Twin Peaks: The Complete Mystery bluray boxset in order to watch every episode, extra and film that it had to offer over a meagre two-day period, and when it was over, my first instinct was to then revisit the town of Bright Falls. Sure, sleep also sounded like a pretty logical step to take, just not as logical, and so it was that with a torch, a thermos of coffee and a damn fine slice of cherry pie I once again entered the woods to face the nightmare. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was then that it hit me, again, just how close the relationship is between the franchises, which then led me think that with Twin Peaks returning to our screens next year, wouldn’t the time be right to start putting resources into Alan Wake 2 as well?