We tend to think of children as pure, innocent creatures, but deep down we know they nurture a hilariously dark imagination.
That is particularly apparent when we encourage them to produce works of art, be it a scribbled paper or a simple script.
The latter happened to the Scottish novelist John Niven, whose kids — aged 10 and 8 — wrote a screenplay while on holiday. And it is nothing short of a noir/horror/action masterpiece:
Let’s dissect the draft, shall we?
First, the setting: it’s in the interior of an asylum in the evening. A classic backdrop for horror stories.
Then, the characters: Bill, a 80-year-old former SAS agent who is clearly not done with his career and Dr Yankins (!), the arrogant, unprofessional psychiatrist who dared to challenge Bill’s convictions.
But it’s the style and the writing that has got us all hooked. Bill is “going crackers” and he “humorously” killed his former psychiatrist.
People on Twitter took noticed, and were gripped: