Mercy

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ACTION HORROR MELODRAMA HISTORICAL FICTION SUSPENSE/THRILLER ROMANCE

17th Century or Earlier,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,Contemporary

Alan J. Paul

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Logline

Anthony Banna was first visited by the demon Asmodeus when he was eight years old, and it had taken over his dead Grandfather. The demon comes and goes over the years. Years later, as a college student, Anthony consults demonology Professor James Gilligan, who begins to devise a defensive strategy.

Genre

Action,Horror,Melodrama,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Romance

Short Summary

Anthony Banna had a wholly unholy preoccupation with old cemeteries, particularly old tombstones and, by association, with the specific decaying and putrefying fauna they identified...


Anthony finally locates the woman he has been searching for his entire life, and together they face down the demon Asmodeus within the haunted ruins of the Overlook Mountain House...

Setting

Woodstock, NY, New Brunswick, NJ, 17th Century Amsterdam and New Amsterdam

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Anthony Banna

Age: Twenties for the majority of the story.

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Modest,Charming,Complex,Decisive,Desperate,Faithful,Funny,Romantic,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Professor James Gilligan

Age: Forties

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Skillful,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Caroline Cook

Age: twenties

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Romantic,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Mercy Engle

Age: Twenties for most of the story.

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Charming,Adventurous,Sexy,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

Anthony Banna remembers the day the demon first came for him. It had been at the age of eight, when his grandfather’s corpse had grabbed him from its coffin, eyes blazing, speaking in a voice that was not his own . . . Years have passed. The demon comes and goes, never staying away for long, never giving Anthony the normal life he craves. Now a student at Rutgers University, Anthony decides, finally, that enough is enough. Under the guidance of celebrated academic and demonologist James Gilligan, Anthony begins to delve into the supernatural, eventually discovering among the old, dusty tomes, the story of one Mercedes Engle, a 17th Century Dutch colonist who, legend claimed, had been visited by the Archangel Raphael. Anthony can’t help but wonder: could Mercedes’ descendants still live in New York? Could they hold the key to defeating the demon once and for all? Mercy is the thrilling, romantic, and sometimes comic tale of an Italian-American boy who, coming at last into adulthood, is forced to face his demons head-on – literally.

About The Author

Alan Paul was a magazine editor, writer and photographer for more than thirty years. He is currently retired and lives in northern New Jersey (and sometimes in Woodstock, NY) with his wife, Jan and their dog Jack. "Mercy" is his third book.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

The Woodstock, NY community

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Silver Fruit Press

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

THRILLER, RELIGION, DRAMA, ROMANCE, SUSPENSE

Brief

A young boy, Anthony, is visited by a demon periodically throughout his entire life. As a young adult he seeks the help of a college professor in confronting the demon. They learn that a woman named Mercy may hold the key. Together they begin a journey into a the battle for control of hell.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the profile does depict the book.

Draw of Story

The mixing of supernatural tropes with everyday life is very interesting.

Possible Drawbacks

No. It moved along nicely.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Will Anthony discover who this mysterious demon is in time to save himself and the world?

Fanbase Potential

Those who like supernatural stories will like this.

Awards Potential

No. Not that kind of film or series.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, COVEN, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK

What’s New About the Story

It has an interesting folklore backstory. The characters could be a little more full or rounded out.

Lead Characters

Their struggle against evil forces makes them stand out.

Uniqueness of Story

Not a rare gem but good. The characters need to be more three-dimensional.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This could actually make a good episodic series for TV. The characters need to be more well-developed and there needs to be better dialogue but the bones of the story are pretty good.