Portrait of Kurten

Book Cover

ACTION CRIME DRAMA HORROR

Contemporary

Garry Linahan

Logline

A young artist begins a series of portraits and starts with the German serial killer, Peter Kurten. As the painting develops he becomes increasingly disturbed, the work growing ever more lifelike as it steadily takes on a frightening persona of its own. The artist and his friend become more and more unsettled by the painting and the strange goings on in the house. The nightmare develops, the artist unable to destroy the one painting he considers his masterpiece, even though the portrait itself seems bent on destruction.

Genre

Action, Crime, Drama, Horror

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Australia

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Smashwords

Year Published: 2012

Starting Description

The setting is a lonely country dwelling. The story is set present day. There are two main characters. The weather is generally bleak. The atmosphere is grim and frightening.

Ending Description

The artist decides he needs to be rid of his haunted painting and looks for a place to hide it. When he returns to his house the subject of his portrait has come to life and murdered his friend. The artist is horrified and sets off in pursuit of the killer but dies himself.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Main Character Details

Name: Not stated

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Celeste

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Faithful, Gracious, Selfless, Complex, Decisive, Desperate

Additional Character Details

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Logline

A young artist begins a series of portraits and starts with the German serial killer, Peter Kurten. As the painting develops he becomes increasingly disturbed, the work growing ever more lifelike as it steadily takes on a frightening persona of its own. The artist and his friend become more and more unsettled by the painting and the strange goings on in the house. The nightmare develops, the artist unable to destroy the one painting he considers his masterpiece, even though the portrait itself seems bent on destruction.

Short Summary

The setting is a lonely country dwelling. The story is set present day. There are two main characters. The weather is generally bleak. The atmosphere is grim and frightening.


The artist decides he needs to be rid of his haunted painting and looks for a place to hide it. When he returns to his house the subject of his portrait has come to life and murdered his friend. The artist is horrified and sets off in pursuit of the killer but dies himself.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Overcoming Monster/Villain,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Not stated

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring

Character 1

Name: Celeste

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Faithful, Gracious, Selfless, Complex, Decisive, Desperate

Supplemental Materials

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