The Fly Guy

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Colum Sanson Regan

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A psychological thriller with elements of horror. Martin is a struggling author who appears to find success and a happy relationship when he creates a detective, Henry Bloomburg. As Martin becomes more obsessed with a female character, Lucy, Henry turns up in Martin's reality to investigate him.



Short Summary

Martin is a loner who can't believe his luck when Alison shows interest in him. He lies to her about being an author, and one night creates Bloomburg. An ezine publishes his grisly stories of drugs, murder and sex and an elusive horrific Fly Guy.Alison and he fall in love.He decides to write a novel

Alison has met and fallen for Gregor, the antagonist of Martin's novel. Henry confronts Martin re the missing girls and his female character Lucy. Martin kills Henry by battering him, buries his body and digs up the novel and starts to write himself into the story.His walls of reality have crumbled


unspecified city and suburb

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Twist,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Martin Tripp

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Insecure,Underdog,Secretive,Desperate,Aspiring,Engaging,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Gregor Alskev

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Villainous,Sexy,Decisive,Masculine,Leader,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Seductive,Skillful,Confident,Criminal,Educated,Engaging,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Henry Bloomburg

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Educated,Heroic,Faithful,Empathetic,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Selfless,Unapologetic,Decisive,Confident,Modest,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Alison Dixon

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Faithful,Engaging,Empathetic,Romantic,Educated,Aspiring,Strong Moral Code,Gracious,Modest,Skillful,Sophisticated,Honorable,Naive

Development Pitch

The Fly Guy is a twisting tale about a novelist whose realities are not as stable as he thought and is for adult audiences who enjoy unpredictable, challenging psychological thrillers with elements of horror. It is adult themed, with scenes of sex, drug use, torture and violence. As Martin retreats deeper into his novel and is supported by Alison, his feelings of inadequacy grow and he looks up old friends and visits a sex club. The more the surface of this seemingly idealistic and artistic character is scratched, the less straightforward his character becomes, and the deeper his obsession with Lucy, one his characters, becomes. Martin's fiction involves; a powerful criminal, Gregor, bringing a new drug on to the streets; an addict Lucy, who Gregor has rescued from abuse; a detective, Henry, hired to investigate an affair; the mysterious disappearance of young women; and an horrific otherworldly presence, The Fly Guy. When Martin gets a chance to start a promising job and reorient his life he stops writing and takes it, but everything he is rebuilding is threatened by the arrival of his detective Henry Bloomburg. Meanwhile Gregor's plans are threatened, Lucy's true nature is revealed, Alison explores life beyond Martin, and Bloomburg is haunted by The Fly Guy. Perfect for an addictive short series: engaging characters, multiple character arcs, intertwining storylines, plenty of plot twists. The ending is intentionally ambiguous; there is potential for expansion or Part 2

About The Author

Colum is an Irish musician, lecturer and author of novels and short stories. He lives in the UK and teaches at University of South Wales. The Fly Guy is is debut novel and he has since published a collection of short stories, The Tall Owl and Other Stories. 'I grew up in Blarney, Ireland, where I started making up stories to coax change from tourists' pockets. In my teens I got into acting, did some theatre work and then abandoned school and moved to the Canary Islands to play music, and since then I've been a professional musician. As a musician I recorded and played all over the UK and USA, until I settled in Wales and finally got round to studying in my 30's. I studied Creative and Professional Writing, achieving a Mphil and winning the Michael Parnell Award for Fiction (a university award). Since then I've been playing music, teaching, writing and bringing up two girls with my wife here in South Wales, UK.'

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Wordcatcher

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available