I pray that this letter finds you well dear brother-in-law. It has been many months since last I heard from you and not since poor Jane’s funeral have I seen your face. I know how difficult it must have been for you these last two years, she was your only sister as well as my wife. That is why I do so miss the chance to speak to you. Nobody else can fully understand the depth of my anguish, the cold loneliness that often overcomes me. I admit to that I grow worried at not hearing from you, despite many letters sent.
Selina does her best with me. I know that you never fully liked her, but since the accident robbed me of the use of my legs she has been invaluable. Is it cruel that I survived the war, only to become a prisoner to this damn chair, unable even to climb the stairs in my own home? I have never seen my bedroom again. Selina assures me it is kept as it was the day Jane died, which cheers me somewhat. I picture her there, lying peacefully.
I mention Selina again and she is the reason for this letter. It may surprise you but we are to be married. She is my constant companion and has been for most of the last two years. I can never replace Jane, your sister was the only woman I have ever truly loved, but Selina has helped me in so many ways and provided a light in the darkness I feel. I know I shall probably never have an heir and as Jane and I were never blessed with a child, I shall be glad to know that Selina would be the beneficiary if ever anything were to ever happen to me. I feel it is some reward for her friendship, comfort and assistance.
Do you remember the great mirror Jane bought? We have it still in the hallway. Odd looking thing, but I have kept it long after she was gone as a reminder of her. She was always buying the strangest things from abroad and that looking glass is no exception. I always thought that all mirrors had a touch of magic about them, but that one in particular … Well I sometimes think it’s trying to show me more than it should, just at the corner of my eye. Superstitious nonsense, I know, but Selina has asked me if we can be rid of it now. I have no longing to look upon myself in this ruined state anyway but she has never liked it. I wondered if you would like it as a memento of your sister. I cannot bear to just throw it out.
I hope you will attend the wedding. I know that our home on the moors is many miles from bustling London, but as you know I have no family of my own to speak of and would be heartened if you could come and be with us in the chapel. Selina too, it seems, has no living relatives to call upon, so it would be a quiet affair.
I hope this reaches you and you reply soon my friend. I shall ask Selina to post it this afternoon. My love to Claire and the boys.
Notes/ 4th Wall
Unlike Ribbits, I decided to steer clear of using source material and instead used the category for inspiration/ style – especially Chris’ reference to Universal Horror and spooky, not gory. I love monster movies, but I wanted to avoid a clichéd Frankenstein/ Wolf man theme, so I thought about the other 1930s universal horror films such as adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe classics like The Raven or Murders in the Rue Morgue. A lot of Poe’s stories are told in the form of letters or journal entries, so I liked that for a format. Like Ribbits, I also had to rein in my usual instincts for humour too.
The base is 8x8 at the point where it touches the ground as per rules. Any overhang is suspended in the air.
Now go find a mirror and see what is there at the corner of your eye……
Bravo! Wow, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading a story associated with a model. I was convinced at first that you were sending up Lovecraft or Stoker with the letter writing. The build itself is a gem too, the mirror, the portrait the figs, everything spot on. Thanks again, If you were to ask me "Are you not entertained?" I would have to respond with an enthusiastic yes.
I should have commented on this earlier but didn't due to laziness or something. Needless to say, I was very impressed. Amazing mirror effect and the whole this is full of creepy.
It looks like we'll be duking it out in round 4! Should be a very fun match!
At first I thought Chuke made a typo, but I now realize he's just hilarious! Stu, words escape me. The oh-so-well written letter, the corpse in the bed, the image in the mirror and all the details...wow.~H
As the Surrealist I am, that first glance at the woman in the mirror immediatly made my heart skip a beat.... maybe it was because I saw it as I was scrolling down the page. Anyways, great, great theme you chose to take on here. Fantastic work, good story, and perfect use of a mirror to personify truth.
You know, there are very few childhood fears we bring into adulthood, but mirrors is the one that still brings shivers to me and haunts my dreams... especially bathroom mirrors... you've done a perfect job on this mate. Well done.
You know, usually I'm the one that walks tall down dark hallways never fearing what I may find... you just changed all that. Time to go home and check out my wife in the mirror! Stunning work! You got my vote! ~ Chris.
Awesome work! I really love the whole presentation style you've pulled off here, it's simply spectacular. I love the way you went for more subtle horror. The whole thing has an almost Stephen King-esque vibe to it. Best of luck with the judges!
Ah, now to my mind this is spot on. One of the few things I remember really freaking me out as a child was a short drama on children's TV about a spooky mirror, and you've captured that really well. Everything about the build is perfectly pitched too, from the ornate mirror frame to the stripe around the wall and the not-over-the-top reveal. It's up to the judges but I'll be surprised if you're not in round 4!
Aaaarrgghhh!!! My idea to beat Boner in his own game is pretty much what you did! I must say, yours is a whole lot better than what I was gonna do, but the mirror idea would have been the same. Wonderful, spooky MOC! ... Now back to the drawing board ...