Footsteps in the DArk

carlo armenise

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GENRE

CRIME DRAMA GOTHIC HORROR MYSTERY

    Core Theme

    GOOD VS EVIL

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    WILD TALES (RELATOS SALVAJES); TWILIGHT ZONE; BLACK MIRROR

    CHARACTER LIST

    JEREMY WARD, 40S. DETERMINED AND TRAUMATIZED.

    FLANNIGAN, 40S. JEREMY'S SIDEKICK.

    MONA MOORE, 30S. GLAMOROUS AND OBSTINATE.

    MIKE NICHOLS, 40S. MONA'S ROMANTIC INTEREST.

    SAM PICKINS, 60S. BIGOTED AND ARROGANT.

    NORMAN BAILEY, 70S. SMART AND SELFISH.

    FRANK SCARPELLI, 50S. DUMB AND CROOK.

    VITO, 70S. FRANK'S UNCLE AND ANTAGONIST.

    ALLISON MONTGOMERY, 50S. DETERMINED AND SUCCESSFUL.

    ANDREW MADISON, 40S. GOOD AND LOYAL.

    MONICA, 30S. ANDREW'S PATIENT AND ROMANTIC INTEREST.

    MARVIN THOMAS, 70S. NARCISSISTIC AND STUBBORN.

    SEYMOUR, 80S. MARVIN'S RIVAL AND ANTAGONIST.

    Logline

    Footsteps in the Dark is a collection of eight supernatural/horror short stories with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the actions we take to satisfy our desires.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Several places

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Outskirts Press

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    There are different setups for each story.

    Ending Description

    There are different surprise endings for each story, just like in The Twilight Zone.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1-4787-8673-3

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Philosophical Questions,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

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    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    Footsteps in the Dark is a collection of supernaturl/horror short stories, all with twist endings, that are perfcet to be developed for a film and television just like the Twilight Zone. Each of the stories shows a character in search of a solution to a problem, willing to do what's necessary to get what they want despite the harm it causes others. From a Professor of Astral Projection with incurable cancer looking for a body to take over, to an aging movie star willing to take a potion to help her stay young, to an old bigot who hates everyone who isn't like him, and tries to kill them all with the help of a creature he creates in his dreams, to a convict tyring to go straight, but always goes back to his crooked ways. These are just a few of the stories that have captured readers interest. Reviews of Footsteps in the Dark can be found on Amazon and Barns and Noble.

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA, FANTASY

    Brief

    Tales of paranormal mystery and twisted justice that explore theinner drama of human life.

    Overall Rating

    EXCELLENT

    Point of View

    SECOND PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

    Pace: EXCELLENT

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Yes, but there isn't any sense of what the actual stories are.

    Draw of Story

    It has fast and crisp writing.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Nothing made me put this book down.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The stories are entertaining and offbeat.

    Fanbase Potential

    Possibly - fans of the bizarre and unusual could go for this.

    Awards Potential

    Not that kind of film but as a TV series it could garner awards notice.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    TWILIGHT ZONE, OUTER LIMITS, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH

    What’s New About the Story

    This is a story collection so they're all pretty original.

    Lead Characters

    They are well defined for such short stories.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Not rare - Twilight Zone has been done before, but these stories have merit and are a fresh take on that concept

    Possible Formats

    TV Series - Network, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    RECOMMEND

    Justification

    These are unique stories - they could work as a collection in a TV series. Some of the individual stories could be fleshed out and developed into a film.

    Brief

    Footsteps in the Dark is a collection of eight supernatural/horror short stories with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the actions we take to satisfy our desires.

    What We Liked

    Easy to read, interesting setups, positive message of good always wins against evil, interesting characters.

    Film: Following a similar structure to the Argentinian success Wild Tales, Footsteps in the Dark would be a film made of short films with a theme in common: good vs evil. Each story has its own set of characters and unique situations that are self-sufficient to hold the audience's attention and attract a viewer interested in horror, crime, and thrillers.

    TV: As a collection of horror/crime short stories, Footsteps in the dark would be easily well adapted to a TV series. Each episode would tell a story, and the connecting theme would be the war between good and evil. Because of its universal theme, the show would appeal to multiple audiences and the independence in each story would allow the show to work on multiple platforms.

    Key points: Good message; Interesting characters; Unique setups; Right amount of fantasy/horror elements; Stories are short and to the point

    Synopsis

    In the first story, Jeremy Ward is a widower whose wife was brutally murdered by a serial killer he becomes obsessed with finding. One day, after following a murder, he meets the victims in a remote 1950s diner. By taking to the victims, Jeremy is able to catch the killer, but it costs him his life.

    The second story is Mona Moore's tale of staying young. A Hollywood superstar finds a youth elixir and abuses it usage until she's cursed to become an old lady. But, she finds out that her Hollywood crush is in a similar position, and they get together to enjoy fame and youth forever.

    The third is about a bigoted man named Sam Pinks who dreams of killing everyone he hates but ends up getting killed by his angry feelings.

    Norman Bailey is a dying out-of-body experience expert who plans on stealing a 30-year-old man's body. But when he succeeds, he's killed by the man's mistress' husband.

    Frank Scarpelli is a crook who can't get his life straight. When he screws up the opportunity his uncle offered him, he ends up caught by smarter criminals.

    When Louisa is hired to change famous TV host Allison's show, she suggests they interview criminals. But her plan was to avenge her dead sister's rapist.

    When Dr. Andrew Madison is accused of killing his patient's husband, he finds out his patient was dead all along and their supernatural therapy helped cure both of their wounds.

    When narcissistic coin collector Marvin Thomas inherits the oldest coin from his rival, he finds out its cursed and it costs him his life.

    About The Author

    Carlo Armenise has written for TV, film, and short story concepts across a wide range of genres, from horror to comedy. With "Footsteps in the Dark" he presents a collection of eight short stories with a Twilight Zone flavor that is reminiscent of the storytelling style of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe.