Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Merriment" - a short horror story

The town of Merriment, Colorado was built to rival Celebration, Florida. It was advertised by its creators, Carp Industries, to be a peaceful utopia. Carp Ind. had other plans. The entire town was rigged - wired - with cameras, actors, and special effects. It was the dream of Richard Carpenter, Carp CEO, to create the first "real" horror movie.
His plan was to creep and haunt the real residents of the town in order to capture their response. He did not plan for the actors to become ghosts and the residents to start killing each other. It gets to the point that town becomes literally haunted, far beyond Carp's simulation.

I wanted to play with Baudrillard's third order of simulacra: when the simulated replaces and then produces the real. Carp's fictitious effects cause very real psychological damage to the residents, and, in this world, cause very real hauntings.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I certainly would not want to live there! It does seem that the town of Merriment becomes, similar to Celebration, hyperreal-- a hyperreal haunted house, anyways. I am curious if or how much of this the residents knew about this before they chose to live there. If the residents had no idea what they were getting themselves into, how does that make it even more real? If they knew slightly of the happenings, but not what that happenings would be does that make it less real?


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