its almost christmas
CW: Gore, sexual and psychological violence
It's Almost Christmas is a short hauntological screenplay set within a VHS recording of an advert. You can download it here.
I was set the task to write something that reacted to ideas of genre. I thought about things like 'Too Many Cooks', 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' and other YouTube viral videos that use genre constraints, and the effect these genre constraints have on time, as the source of horror. There's also a very obvious debt to certain creepypasta pieces and entries from the SCP Foundation.
It's kinda gross, and violent, and crass. And when it was marked by my university tutor I was told that it 'lacked sufficient artistic value, and read more as a parody'. Which, well, I don't disagree.