Sleep In Fright

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Synopsis

An old man in a wheelchair, with a saline drip, is being prepared for the “dreamer procedure” by a doctor. The procedure is to remove his brain from his dying body. The brain will then be able to dream forever.

Unfortunately, the doctor is stabbed to death by her assistant. The assistant then turns on the old man.

An alarm attached to a brain in a vat starts ringing. The assistant is looking at the brain, and alerting the doctor, who is alive. It appears the brain has been trying to awake from a nightmare. As we zoom out, we see thousands of brains, all in the same alarm state.

Writer’s note: I know, I know, it seems like a hokey old sci-fi plotline. “It was all a dream” and “he’s stuck in a nightmare” – nothing new here. But I think it’s still fun for 2 quick pages!

Length

1-2 pages. The first page is pretty dense (8 panels), then the second is sparser.

Monster [Drama]

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Synopsis (major spoilers ahead)

Elise is 12 and she’s bullied by a bunch of kids. She’s bookish and physically big and awkward. She identifies with Frankenstein’s monster and wonders if people would understand her better if she looked more like the monster.

After being chased into a tool shed, Elise finds some bolts to screw into her ears. A doctor tries, and fails, to take them out. Elise is perfectly happy though – she can’t hear what the bullies are saying any more.

Length

1-2-pager – depending on how you want to tackle it, extra panels could be added.

Private Room [Horror/Drama/WTF]

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Length

6 pages, 5-6 panels per page.

Synopsis

Eva and Sun-Hi (Sunny) – female, gay couple, mid-30s. They’re saying goodnight to the person that’s hosting them. They have a private room in a ‘URooms’ (airbnb) flat. The owner is an artist who seems to draw exclusively male nudes.

Eva is a bit freaked out by the whole arrangement. While Sunny goes for a shower, she looks through the collection of old pictures the owner has stacked in the spare room and finds a picture of a guy who left a positive, but slightly cryptic, review for the flat.

Eventually Eva falls asleep and Sunny comes in after her. While they sleep, the man comes in with an easel and brushes and paints them, though we can’t see the details.

When they wake up the next morning, having slept soundly, they awake in male bodies. There is no moment of realisation, however. They are as they were, in every other way. Eva agrees that after all her concern, she was worrying over nothing.

END

The thought behind a short story bears some explanation. The goal of this scenario is to prompt a “Huh?” reaction. The characters don’t get turned straight – they remain gay. Nor should they change race (Eva is Italian, Sun-Hi Korean). The implications of the change are also not explored. The characters don’t register any kind of change of cognition or self-identity. Part of the ‘horror’ is that they fail to understand what’s happened to them – it feels like something important has been taken away from them without their knowledge.