There Once Was A Boy

Dee Remy

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE GOTHIC HORROR SUSPENSE/THRILLER DRAMA

    Core Theme

    SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

    TIME PERIOD

    1980s & '90s,2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    SCREAM, CARRIE

    CHARACTER LIST

    DELIA. 30'S AND 17. PROTAGONIST. INTROSPECTIVE, BEAUTIFUL, NAIVE.

    KURTIS. 16-30'S. DELIA'S BROTHER. CHARMING, HANDSOME, CHARISMATIC, SENSITIVE.

    CALEB. 17. ANTAGONIST - DEMON/SPIRIT. WEIRD, ATTRACTIVE, ALLURING.

    MYRA ARCHER. CALEB'S MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER. RELIGIOUS, MYSTERIOUS, SCARY.

    DEAN. 18. DELIA'S LOVE INTEREST. CHARMING, HANDSOME, HONEST, RESPECTFUL.

    JOSEPH ARCHER. 40'S. CALEB'S BROTHER. BRAVE, EMPATHETIC, HONORABLE.

    Logline

    Kurtis and Delia are smart, rich and attractive with everything they could possibly desire. A perfect life; until they meet their new neighbor Caleb, who turns their idyllic lives into a nightmare. Caleb's driven obsession without limits leaves the two teenagers struggling for for their sanity.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning

    Setting

    Upstate New York

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Brighton Publishing, LLC

    Year Published: 2011

    Starting Description

    Delia James an introverted woman struggling with her brother Kurtis' suicide and the added burden of handling all of the family real estate and finances. She laments about revisiting a house where she spent her last summer.She took a lot of drugs and spent a lot of money to forget said summer.

    Ending Description

    Delia overcomes her fears after telling her story. She gathers enough strength to go back to her brother's house. Selling the house her where she and Kurtis lost so much will help her move on .Only to realize she will never escape her past, it was just waiting for her to return.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1936587-54-4

    Mature Audience Themes

    Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist,Other

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return,Tragedy,Rebellion Against 'The One',Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Delia James

    Age: 17 and late 30's

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Sexy,Charming,Clumsy,Crazy,Insecure,Blunt,Outspoken,Educated,Heroic,Romantic,Sarcastic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Kurtis James

    Age: 16- young 30's

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Seductive,Sarcastic,Skillful,Selfless,Blunt,Sexy,Masculine

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Caleb Archer

    Age: 17

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Villainous,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Skillful,Sarcastic,Secretive,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Heartthrob,Desperate,Criminal,Crazy,Confident

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Joseph Archer

    Age: early 40's

    Gender: Male

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Educated,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Modest,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Empathetic,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Selfless

    Development Pitch

    This is a dark fast paced tale spanning two decades. Considered to be psychological and cerebral. The story takes you on the journey into the mind of a middle aged woman sharing her story. A reflection so detrimental she had spent many years in therapy to forget. It tells the story of Kurtis and Delia James. Two siblings who are smart, rich and attractive. Kurtis, who even as a teenager invoked such emotion that all the boys wanted to be his friend and all the women wanted to be in his bed. Delia, couldn't be more different. An introvert who also shared the world's opinion of her brother but still resisted his protection and guidance considering she is the oldest of the two. Their lives are seemingly perfect until they meet their new neighbor Caleb. A boy who lives next door with an eccentric religious mother. While he offers friendship to Kurtis, his dark intentions are focused on Delia who is unable to resist his affections. Kurtis struggles with protecting his sister as he slowly begins to notice frightening changes within himself. As Delia's life begins to fracture we watch her wrestle with her sanity, leaving you to wonder if this is a manifestation of her mania and anxieties or if her life as she knows it is unraveling. Without the protection and help from her brother she is left to fight Caleb's maniacal control of her and Kurtis leading them down a terrifying path of death and destruction. It hits with an intensity that will unnerve the most stoic of readers.

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, THRILLER, ROMANCE, MATURE AUDIENCE, RELIGION, DRAMA, FANTASY

    Brief

    Delia and Kurtis are two brothers from a wealthy family living in New York. Their lives change once they meet Caleb, a weird guy living across their summer house. As the siblings find out Caleb is an evil spirit, tragic happenings take place and cannot be stopped, leading to Delia and Kurtis parents' death, Delia's substance abuse and Kurtis's suicide later on.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

    Characterization: EXCELLENT

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: EXCELLENT

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: EXCELLENT

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    Book Profile reflects book accurately.

    Draw of Story

    The enticing thing about the story is showing the dark side behind an apparent perfection of a NY wealthy family and two siblings growing to adulthood and the spiritual forces surrounding a mysterious house and the lake in front of it.

    Possible Drawbacks

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The enticing thing about the story is showing the dark side behind an apparent perfection of a NY wealthy family and two siblings growing to adulthood and the spiritual forces surrounding a mysterious house and the lake in front of it.

    Fanbase Potential

    Awards Potential

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    SCREAM, CARRIE

    What’s New About the Story

    The most original thing about this story is that, even though main characters may reach Gossip Girl-like entitlement and looks, author was able to show through privileges and wasn't scared to sustain tragic events and no happy endings.

    Lead Characters

    The siblings are highly charming, careless and get along well. Delia is introspective, gothic and nerdy; and Kurtis is almost her opposite - apart from both of them being beautiful teens - charismatic, charming and positive.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It is a rare gem; even though narrative may be improved considering the quality of the author.

    Possible Formats

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

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    Nothing made me want to put the book down, however the pace of the book could be improved as during the development of the relationship between Caleb and the siblings narrative may become monotonous.

    Brief

    Delia and Kurtis are two brothers from a wealthy NY family. Their seemingly perfect lives change once they meet Caleb, a strange guy living across their summer house by the lake. As the siblings find out Caleb is an evil spirit gaining more power over their lives, tragic deaths begin to take place and cannot be stopped.

    What We Liked

    The most special thing about this narrative is related to the process of a spiritual force gaining power over the lives of two siblings who are young, attractive, wealthy and have their journeys ahead of them to enjoy and be happy - and how this entity changes the whole course of their lives and make their destinies quite tragic.

    Film: It would also be a great adaptation for TV as narrative is able to keep audience's attention and the author isn't scared to build up tragic happenings or a happy solution to it.

    TV: It would be a good adaptation for TV because, even though both characters may seem to have come out of a wealthy teenage series episode, their dark sides appear slowly and tragic events with important characters are able to keep the audience hooked.

    Key points: Narrative is scary; mysteries are revealed as audience grows fond of characters; dear characters die during the narrative; protagonist is vulnerable and relatable; wealthy scenarios.

    Synopsis

    Delia is a lonely woman approaching her 40's who only has superficial relationships with people. She then begins to remember her life as an introspective teenager whose social life was tied to her outgoing younger sibling, the handsome Kurtis. Kurtis is living his sexuality freely, with many girls and also older women, Delia is still a virgin trying to find a way out of her shyness. Their lives, though, change when their wealthy NY family - the mother and the father, as Delia calls them - buys a house by the lake where they decide to spend the summer. That's where they meet Caleb, a weird guy who lives in a creepy house around the lake with his allegedly grandmother and only hangs out with them occasionally and during the night.

    Even though Caleb is not necessarily handsome, he begins to exert a supernatural power over the minds of Delia and Kurtis, and Delia feels deeply attracted to him. But weird things begin to happen with both of them - hallucinations, nightmares - and Kurtis shows a bit of aggressiveness and Delia is under constant stress. Both of them begin to abuse substances in order to keep their minds in place as Caleb spiritually gaslights both of them. Delia then meets Dean, a charming good guy who she is also attracted to, but after a few dates and kisses, Dean mysteriously dies in a car accident. As the siblings begin to talk about what's going on in the minds of both of them, they realize Caleb is an evil force and to understand it all, they look for Mr. Samuels, an old and smart man who knows everything about their neighborhood. Delia then decides to look for Joseph Archer, who was supposed to be Caleb's father, and finds out Caleb is actually his deceased brother and his spirit is living by his house haunting their mother.

    As they have a spiritual duel - Delia, Kurtis, Myra, Joseph and Caleb - the house is set on fire and Kurtis and Delias' parents die. Delia, Kurtis and Joseph manage to escape the fire and survive to get on with their lives. Kurtis got on with his life, became a writer and a teacher, but was unable to overcome the relationship he had with that spirit, and keeps fighting to protect Delia from him. Kurtis kills himself and justifies his death as trying to keep Delia safe from the spiritual world. After Kurtis' death, Delia sells their parent's lake house - which Kurtis continued visiting - and when she goes back there to seal the deal, she sees Kurtis and Caleb by the window. This is when Delia understands why Kurtis had to go to the other side: to control Caleb and protect other people from the same tragic destiny.

    About The Author

    Dee Remy was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She was an avid reader at a very young age. She began writing poetry and graduated to short stories. This is her first published novel. She has a children's book and is currently working on her second novel.