Shadows of Fear by Karl Brandt | Script Revolution

Shadows of Fear

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A young woman’s imagination brings her greatest fear to light.
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Beneath a starry night sky, Malcolm, a bearded bushman in a broad-brimmed hat, and Ben, an athletic backpacker, sit before an outback campfire when a shriek cuts through the cold night air like a scalpel. Megan, a young woman in a nightie, leaps onto Ben’s lap and tells of lizard outside their tent which changed shape. All she saw was it shadow, and Malcolm explains that aboriginals in these parts speak of shadow spirits that feed on fear, and only by confronting them do they lose their power. Ben has had enough of ghost stories and leads Megan to their tent.

Once inside, Megan points to the tent wall where light from the campfire casts the shadow of an enormous goanna. The lizard has grown! Convinced the shadow makes it look bigger than it really is, Ben goes outside to prove it and appears to be devoured.

Megan turns on an electric lamp, banishing the shadows from the tent with light. She clenches her eyes shut as she holds the lamp to her chest as giant reptilian claws tear through the tent wall behind her.

Submitted: June 12, 2018
Last Updated: June 12, 2018
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Last Downloaded: October 13, 2019

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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, Seizure , and the horror fiction podcast,... Go to bio

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