Flat Holm Island near Cardiff and Bristol to host immersive horror game | UK | News

December 10, 2023
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A small spooky channel island that was once home to sailors’ quarantine hospital will host a new “immersive horror game”.

Flat Holm Island, which is 86 acres long and five miles off the coast of Bristol, has a permanent population of just one.

It is home to an 18th-century lighthouse and the ruins of a 19th-century hospital which was used to quarantine sailors with cholera before they could enter Cardiff.

It is also a burial ground for 50 soldiers who drowned when a British ship sank in 1817.

Now, Bristol production company Stormjar Studio has launched a crowdfunding campaign to create an overnight immersive horror game.

The game would combine the history of the island with a fictional story of a radio engineer who served on the front lines in the First World War.

Flat Holm Island was the first place to receive a radio message across water in 1897 and has anti-naval gun emplacements which were used in the Victorian era and the Second World War.

The game, called The Static Sea, would follow the main character living alone on the island in the 1920s.

The firm’s co-founders, Jim Wheale and Sophie Shaw, have been given permission from Cardiff Council for the one-off event.

Donors to the fundraiser will be entered into a lottery and six names will be chosen for the overnight experience.

Mr Wheale told the BBC: “When I heard about Flat Holm Island, I was just gobsmacked.

“To have something so close, right on our doorstep, with so much rich and weird history, it’s incredible.”

Flat Holm Island, which features in Doctor Who spinoff series Torchwood, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its gull colony and maritime grassland.

Warden Simon Parker is the island’s only inhabitant and maintains buildings and equipment.



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