Fire Night: Zombies Rule

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Gene Cartwright

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When the young Wellsley family of Colfield, Massachusetts refuse to sell their farm for a new Electronics plant, they confront threats of eminent domain and violent death by corrupt town Elders and crazed citizens


Horror, Suspense / Thriller, Young Adult,

Short Summary

A conglomerate plans to build a plant in Colfield, MA. Town elders stand to reap financial reward. But four families with property bordering Devil's Woods must sell. John Wellsley, despite financial need, is the lone hold out. Now he, his wife, and three young children face abuse and violent death.

The family is befriended by David Balfour, a young reporter linked to spirits of a family trapped 300 years in Devil’s Woods, after their mob-lynching and burning. Set on revenge, they usher in a maelstrom of supernatural events leading to the Wellsley’s salvation.


New England, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: John Wellsley

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Faithful, Outspoken, Perseverance, Underdog, Complex, Honorable,Masculine,Underdog,Honorable,Faithful,Confident,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sarah Wellsley

Age: 36

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Patriotic, Outspoken, Selfless, Beautiful, Gracious,Selfless,Modest,Faithful,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Reverend Earl Waltham

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Greedy, Manipulative, Power-hungry, Religious, Villainous,Villainous,Power Hungry,Manipulative,Greedy

Additional Character Details

Name: Ned Teal

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Manipulative, Aggressive, Badass, Criminal, Greedy, Power-hungry, Villainous

Development Pitch

Why "Fire Night"? It is a "reality-based" horror/supernatural thriller. It is the ultimate David V. Goliath story with a sympathetic and empathic family set for ruin by the powerful and the greedy. From the first frame, (screenplay completed) pre-teens to seniors will see themselves in fate of the mother, father, sons, and their faithful Doberman/protectors: Sampson & Prowler. Log Line: A New England family under siege, by angry residents of a small town, for refusing to sell their land to an International Conglomerate, appear doomed when their two young sons venture into forbidden Devil's Woods, and awaken Zombie spirits trapped for 300 years. Even their twin Dobermans: Prowler and Sampson won’t venture near the place; birds won’t fly over it. In the end, vengeance, retribution, and fire reign supreme. Extended: The Supernatural meets the Super Evil in this coming of age story of two, young, adventuresome New England brothers, circa 1988. Their family is confronted by citizens of an angry, economically depressed town, eager to force sale of their property to a Japanese Electronics Conglomerate. Their father’s life and death struggle is joined by Zombie spirits of victims of an 1688 mob lynching and burning who have been trapped for nearly three centuries in nearby Devil’s Woods. Full synopsis available.

About The Author

Gene is a father, a former Oprah guest author (12 books), a past Pulitzer-nominee, former engineer, (A Family Gathering epic novel), inactive Marine and screenwriter. Gene wrote his first novel at age 12, inspired by his mother teaching him to read at age 4. Of all the writing processes, he enjoys the rewrites and editing: "That's where the real writing takes place - the perfecting of the story," he insists. Two more novels are in progress. His detailed bio is available at

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Falcon Creek Publishing

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



ISBN-13: 978-1470196264