The Vacant Tomb

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DETECTIVE MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER HISTORICAL FICTION

2000s

Bill J. Looney

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Logline

Edgar Alan Poe's time in Charleston leads to a current day mystery.

Genre

Detective,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

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supernatural ending

Setting

Charleston, SC

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Shelby James

Age: 40s

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Charming,Aggressive,Complex,Decisive,Faithful,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Romantic,Lone Wolf

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Development Pitch

This book has everything needed to create a wonderfully exciting screen play. We have history, famous subject, mystery, antiquities, suspense, violence, sex and many twist. Interesting characters abound and will please both men and women viewers, Male and female characters are equals and show such capabilities. There are moments of extreme violence only as an example of the determination of the perpetrator and his haunted past. My books are all suspense novels which are written with a screen production in mind. This is one that will appeal to all ages and cross genres. I am convinced of its success as a motion picture.

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Create Space

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

ACTION, SUSPENSE

Brief

A fan of Edgar Allan Poe decides to shoot a documentary about the lost tomb of Annabelle Lee, his muse. As he and his team approach the tomb, they discover the body of a recently murdered man, one of the teachers to be interviewed in the documentary. They discover the killer, who was torturing and killing experts on Edgar Allan Poe and was looking for a poem Edgar would have left for Annabelle in the cemetery. At the end of the investigation, they find the box with the message, but the poem is erased over time, keeping everyone's curiosity.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

The beginning is sure to appeal to thriller movie fans. In the first pages, we know crucial characters to the plot and the inciting factor that will trigger the whole plot. And the writer knows how to create an atmosphere of suspense in an engaging way.

Possible Drawbacks

The problem with many action thrillers is that the entire plot is focused on the same point. Here, too, the focus falls exclusively on the murders that are taking place, which ends up making the narrative a little tiring, but the author manages to create different situations and keep the suspense growing.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

There are two hooks here that run in parallel: The historical interest and curiosity about the figure of Edgar Allan Poe that is sustained throughout the narrative, and the criminal investigation that brings out an interesting tone of fear and mystery.

Fanbase Potential

As the story has these two well-marked hooks (Poe and the murders), I believe it would have a chance to reach a large audience.

Awards Potential

It depends on how the film will drive the narrative. Due to the historical content mixed with a criminal mystery, the story has the potential for a plot original enough to achieve awards. However, this type of film also carries the chance of staying only on the surface of the investigation, thus reducing the interest and possibilities of awards.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

FILMS BASED ON AGATHA CHRISTIE'S BOOKS FOR THE TONE GIVEN TO THE INVESTIGATION. THE RAVEN: A KILLER IS KILLING PEOPLE, INSPIRED BY THE TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE. WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE, POE WILL TRY TO STOP THE KILLER.

What’s New About the Story

The figure of Annabelle Lee as part of the mystery, even if indirectly, is original in this story. Her figure could even be further explored.

Lead Characters

As the characters are used more as tools of discovery of the mystery, and they are in the middle of an investigation, they end up not being much developed, and their personalities are not much explored. We do see a group of people who are afraid of the murderer and afraid of failing, but who are driven, each in their own way, to solve the problem. The members of the police end up acting more professionally, though they end up becoming more intimately involved with the case, and the documentary's filmmakers are motivated by their appreciation for Allan Poe to discover one of his greatest treasures and stay alive. This differentiation in terms of motivation is very interesting for the plot.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem because, despite the story slightly bringing the figure of Poe to the plot, we've seen countless mystery films with a similar narrative. Making more use of the Poe figure could help the story feel less generic and more memorable.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The story brings tropes from the thriller and mystery genre that are narrative-friendly and appealing to fans. The mix of a historical fact (including a secret poem by Poe) with a series of murders raises the level of suspense and keeps curiosity high until the end. The characters, although not very developed, work well, pushing the story forward and bringing their point of view on the case. Knowing the murderer and his real motivation well before the end removes the mystery itself but raises the fear of a possible encounter with the protagonists. Knowing the antagonist beforehand helps us understand who the protagonist is dealing with and increases the stakes. The writer introduces the personal lives of some characters to take the focus off the case slightly, but ends up not being very successful in this aspect since the main plot is much more intriguing than the subplots. It's a story with good elements, capable of drawing attention and attracting a slightly wider audience than fans of mystery and investigation. It requires development in various aspects like pacing, character development, and dialogue, but it's on a good path.