Red Centre by Karl Brandt | Script Revolution

Red Centre

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In the future, two explorers embark on a desperate quest to find life in the desert but end up getting more than they bargained for.
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Dee, a dark-skinned athletic woman with braided black hair and desert robes, scans without success for water in a dry, lifeless desert with an electronic device resembling a dowsing rod. Hardy, a powerfully-built man with an entrenching tool, warns her not to get her scanner’s caesium cell wet to avoid an explosion. Despite initial analysis showing the Red Centre’s been dry for over a century, they discover a large concentration of water just below the surface and reveal a globular form covered in mucous secretions which appears to be in a state of hibernation.

The giant frog-like Amphibian awakens and uses its sticky tongue to gobble up Dee. It then tries to haul in Hardy but he grabs Dee’s energy cell’s core and hurls it into the gaping maw. The creature explodes in a fountain of liquid which soaks the surrounding desert, causing it to rise and crack. Countless tendrils, mandibles and appendages break the surface and reach out towards Hardy whose face is wild with rapture. It’s alive!

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The Writer: Karl Brandt

Drawing inspiration from world myths, legends and history, Australian writer Karl Brandt has had numerous comic strips published by Dark Oz's Decay, Australia’s longest running independent horror comic, and the UK's Something Wicked from FutureQuake Press. His article exploring the origins of Australia’s most famous monster, ‘Bunyip Hunters’, was published in the June 2017 issue of Australian Birdlife, and his short fiction story, ‘Trail of the Minotaur’, was the cover story of the July 2013 issue of Orbit - The School Magazine, the world’s oldest literary magazine for children. Karl has had flash fiction published by the online literary journal, ... Go to bio

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