Black Heart Boys' Choir

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HORROR SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Contemporary

Curtis M Lawson

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Logline

Lucien Beaumont is a teenage misfit and musical prodigy ostracized by his peers and haunted by familial tragedy. When he discovers an unfinished song composed by his dead father—a song that holds terrible power—Lucien becomes obsessed.

Genre

Horror,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

The story begins with a flash foward to the climax. Lucien and his friends are commiting a school shooting, but his language is such that he describes it in terms of a work of music and with demonic imagery.He's shot by police and his life flashes before his eyes, giving us the story.


Lucien and his friends kidnap a high school nemesis and commit a terrible school shooting that they see as the completion of the song that Lucien is obsessed with -The Madrigal of the World's End. Lucien is killed by the police and he realizes that his death is the climax of the song.

Setting

Enfield (fictional MA town), Boston, Cambridge

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Lucien Beaumont

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Narcisstic,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Skillful,Sophisticated,Unapologetic,Engaging,Villainous,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Maxwell

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Underdog,Empathetic,Skillful,Insecure,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Amduscias

Age: As old as creation

Gender: Other

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Villainous,Aggressive,Charming,Narcisstic,Confident,Sophisticated,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Lucien Beaumont is a teenage misfit and musical prodigy ostracized by his peers and haunted by familial tragedy. When he discovers an unfinished song composed by his dead father—a song that holds terrible power—Lucien becomes obsessed. As he chases after the secret nature of his father's music, the line between gruesome fantasy and real life violence begins to blur. To complete his father's work Lucien believes that he and his group of outcast friends must appease a demonic force trapped within the music with increasingly sadistic offerings. As things spiral out of control he finds that the cost of his art will be the lives of everyone around him, and perhaps his very soul. Black Heart Boys' Choir explores the challenges facing troubled young people in the modern age, addressing youth violence, bullying, mental illness, loneliness, and mass shootings. It approaches these important topics with a rich narrative, strong characterization, and intense visuals. Lucien takes classical music and traditionalism and turns them into the tools of his rebellion. This lends a unique visual and auditory feel to the story - a merging of classical aesthetic and punk rock iconoclasm. Hallucinatory visions of the demon Amduscias (who takes the form of a black unicorn) also lend strength to the visual element of the story. Lucien is a figure almost tailor made for the screen - a well-dressed, disturbed, haunted, and brilliant protagonist with a deeply compelling voice.

About The Author

Curtis M. Lawson is an author of unapologetically weird fiction and dark poetry. His work ranges from bleak cosmic horror to technicolor pulp adventures. Curtis is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and he is the host of the Wyrd Transmissions Podcast. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1075108068