Using alchemy and electricity, a man builds a doorway that’s meant to isolate the mind of anyone who passes through it.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
Sound effects sourced and licensed from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
This story is inspired by another one I’ve written where someone uses “arcane practices” to build a device intended for good, only to later realize that the device has unexpected and dangerous effects. (Is that too generic a description? What is the fine line between enticing teaser and “too vague to interest me” anyway?)
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. Sound effects sourced and licensed from Audiojungle and GameDevMarket. Digital drawing. Slightly left of center, a man in a suit seen from the back steps toward a detached doorway into a hazy light. Sitting up at his left is a dog with tongue lolling out, gazing up at the man. To the right is a portable generator. Wires lead from the generator and wrap around the doorframe. The dog, man, and generator cast shadows. The doorframe does not. Right foreground, another dog seen in profile from head to top of chest, with red eyes, notches in the ears, and red spittle dripping from the mouth, staring at the man. Faint outlines of shelving are seen in the background. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Horror” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “I woke to the sound of barking. It was raining. A distant clap of thunder jolted me fully out of sleep. I heard the cawing of a crow. I rose and examined myself in the bathroom mirror. I didn’t feel divided. My mind wasn’t any sharper from what I could tell.” The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]
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