I’m sorry for writing this here, but I wasn’t really sure how else to contact you.
I just want to thank you for Scratches, which I’ve been playing for over a decade - back when a weird bug in the Director’s Cut stopped me from being able to unlock the front door of the mansion Every time I get a new computer setup, I always check to see how Scratches plays of the new gear (like tonight). I’m not really a gamer - I only still play because some of the best stories are being told in games (I’m currently knee-deep into the Resident Evil 7 DLC, and waiting for the Lost Crown sequel)
Anyway, I want to thank you because Scratches is not just my favorite horror story in gaming, I think it’s one of the very best and most beautiful tales in recent horror in any form. It’s one of the stories I revisit, alongside my favorites in writing and film, over and over. It never cheats; It plays by the rules of the world it sets up, and when the shocks come at the end, it’s “Shame on me!” because you gave me every damn chance to deduce the ending on my own. And weirdly, I still dread my first night in the mansion as much as I did when it was all a mystery. From the “haunted” painting you make me walk past every blasted walk to the attic, to the endless ticking of the grandfather clock, it’s all just dripping with sumptuous detail and atmosphere.
Like the best horror, it’s not an ugly story. It’s the story of an awful tragedy that’s made terrifying by the role I play in discovering it. It’s elegant and shattering, and I continue to be frustrated that many fans of horror fiction aren’t exposed to it, or understand how it can exist in a video game.
Thank you for your fantastic addition to horror fiction and an experience that still hasn’t let go of me. I’ll keep a look out for any crowdfunding opportunities to bring the game to a new generation of players, although I know that the messy ownership makes that unlikely.