Traditional Dark

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19th Century,Earlier 20th Century,20th Century (multiple decades)

Frederick J Lanier

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Traditional Dark takes us deep into the life of a teenage boy, who wakes up the prisoner of a powerful, evil cult. His mother and a police detective get involved. Lives are on the line. Who will be able to survive? Who will come out on top?


Action,Adventure,Detective,Drama,Family,Fantasy,Religious,Horror,Young Adult,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Paul Miller, a teenage boy, is headed over to Kara's house to help her with a school project. At least, that's what he thinks. Kara convinces Paul that the project involves an experiment with an Ouiji board. He becomes bound by a darkness that is somehow connected to his ancestors from decades past.

The story concludes where the lives of Paul, his mom, and her detective friend are on the line. A climactic battle ensues where Paul must invoke the use of paranormal weapons to battle sinister priests and creatures of the night, who have a reckoning in mind.


Fictitious town "Cedar River"

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Paul Miller

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Insecure,Strong Moral Code,Religious,Obedient,Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Jonathan Pinkerton

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Faithful,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Secretive,Power Hungry,Villainous,Crazy,Criminal,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Bogart Stitch

Age: 17 - 35

Gender: Male

Role: logical

Key Traits: Clumsy,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Modest,Aspiring,Faithful,Leader,Uneducated,Religious,Selfless,Visionary,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Brenda Miller

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Desperate,Empathetic,Faithful,Religious

Development Pitch

Traditional Dark is a story of good versus evil, light versus darkness, but it would make a great movie or TV series in that it falls into a unique genre. This is occult horror versus a teenage boy's faith. Follow Paul Miller and his great grandfather Bogart Stitch who experience similar coming of age stories. Paul is taken prisoner by a powerful, evil cult, and held captive in a horrific, dry, and dark place. He cannot see, nor can he move. As his light is about to be snuffed out, his mother and a police detective get involved. Can they help him or do they become entrapped as well? The reader learns that this attack on Paul and his family may be connected to some events that took place during the time of his great-great-grandfather. We take a journey back to the late 1880s and meet Bogart Stitch where his choices lit the match for the tradition of this particular darkness. During Paul's captivity, his beliefs are put to the test. Are the lessons he learned in Youth Group just symbolic stories to keep him on the straight and narrow or are they truths that are real and meant for today? Read as everything comes to a final, fiery battle against creatures of darkness. Lives are on the line. Who will be able to survive? Who will come out on top? The message is aimed at all ages but particularly young adults who want to believe in something more than a Bible story but something that is real and tangible.

About The Author

Frederick Lanier has been in ministry for many years. He has been a pastor for children, youth, and adults. He has a lengthy background in drama and music. He is a gifted teacher and has been married to his wonderful wife, Charlean, for 30 years.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



ISBN- 9798670651714