The Thing In The Gas Mask

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This may be the single-scariest photo I ever took. It is simply a friend called Lewis wearing a gas mask and a quite official looking uniform, staring to camera through an iron mesh cage. It creates a very sinister image – an anonymous monstrous figure – is he trapped in a cell or is he incarcerated. Why is he wearing the mask? Is he a serial killer or a totalitarian jailor? Is there perhaps gas or some other toxic threat in the air?

The photo cruelly provides no answers – just a single disturbing image that could really haunt the viewer for some time.

Arthur Chappell

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Writer, performance poet, ex-cultist, history-re-enactor, actor, pub historian, science fiction, fantasy and horror writer, from Manchester, England

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