Private Room [Horror/Drama/WTF]

Script seeking illustrator – please contact me for full script.


6 pages, 5-6 panels per page.


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.


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.

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