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National Poetry Month: Adam Petrash reads Instructions On How To Secure Your Role As The Victim In A Horror Film
Instructions On How To Secure Your Role As The Victim In A Horror Film
Resist researching your role. Avoid the places that terrify you. Don’t jeopardize
desensitization due to prolonged exposure. Develop and nurture phobias.
The audience feeds on real fear.
Sacrifice logical reasoning. Put yourself at risk. Supress
your urge to run. Practice falling down stairs. Abandon all instincts of self-preservation.
Build the audience’s anxiety. They came to watch you struggle.
Do not fight back. Do not risk the film cutting short due to heroism. Accept helplessness
then hopelessness. The audience demands
their money’s worth in blood.
Practice your screams in public places. Count the number of heads that turn each time.
Document your progress. Make the audience believe in your performance. Fail and survive.
Succeed and become immortalized.
Adam Petrash is a writer from Winnipeg. He’s the author of the novella, The Ones to Make it Through (Phantom Paper Press 2015), and his work has appeared in places such as After the Pause, CHEAP POP, Devolution Z, Lemon Hound, Luna Luna Magazine, Spacecraft Press, and WhiskeyPaper.
The Winnipeg Free Press will be running poems by Manitoba poets every weekday in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. The NPM in the WFP Project was edited by Ariel Gordon.