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Photographs from the Summer of 1987

by casket


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you find an old photo book in an antique store. summer of 1987. photographs by adonis d'amour. if lost, please return to ███████

perhaps it was the allure of a haunted photo album. perhaps it was to show off to friends. perhaps it was to collect memories of a dead friend group or an aging couple that were left behind. you wonder if the owners are dead and only live on through the pictures in this album. you haven't opened the album yet. no, you waited. you asked the woman at the counter with her brittle fingers and wrinkled face what was inside. she said she had never seen the book before. anything that doesn't have a tag on it is $3. you say that's a steal for something so mysterious and precious.

also known as "fanservice: the most annoying red-hued nonbinary fiends, whose names start with the letter a, have their own body horror rom-com".

created for the 2023 bare bones jam.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Don't ever open a stranger's photobook!, November 20, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: barebonesjam

Holy shit, the whiplash from this one. I was warned by the content warning before playing the game (READ THEM, FOR YOUR SAKE), and still I did not expect how much it would affect me. I expected some strange stuff, I always do with catsket's work, but how the gruesomeness was introduced twisted my stomach.

Gruesome content aside, the writing is VERY vivid. The descriptions of the photographs inside the book paint quite the pictures (hehehe, bad pun). Even if short, they say just enough to be able to imagine those faded and maybe yellowed shots.

The start is actually quite lovely, depicting a fun solo roadtrip in nature, where you end up meeting someone cool, and they tag along for the rest of the summer. Shenanigans ensue, obviously. But the activities of two young peeps on a summer roadtrip are really not what you'd expect. They seemed to have fun... some gruesome fun!

Anyway... I will stay away from antique stores for now, and definitely leave weird photobooks alone...

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