The Harlan Artifact

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Contemporary,17th Century or Earlier

Greg Marchand

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Bowling alley bartender Lainey Sears has a gift, and a problem. When something begins taking and apparently eating rural Harlan's citizens, Sears must uncover what it is that once ravaged the local Native American mound site that is behind it, else the hick town she loathes will be decimated.



Short Summary

Lainey Sears (24), an out-of-shape bowling alley bartender with dark retrocognitive powers, is trying to get her life together. She finishes a lantern-lit, night trail race near an historic Native American mound site in first place because every other runner who was ahead of her has vanished.

Lainey has defeated the creature, a giant spider created by a wronged shaman in 1424 A.D. that had caused the mysterious exodus of the native inhabitants. (Input any creature for different affect). Lainey has self-redemption. So does the shaman in a twist at the end.


Southern Indiana, modern day and in 1400 A.D.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Lainey Sears

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt,Insecure,Sarcastic,Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Archaeology Professor Clyde Duggard

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic,Complex,Engaging,Sophisticated,Funny,Charming,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Harlan Police Officer Amy Hendershot

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Masculine,Blunt,Selfless,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Slim Dickens

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Badass,Confident,Masculine,Empathetic,Selfless,Faithful,Honorable

Development Pitch

Brilliantly structured for a movie or for a pilot series. This story has all the feel of Ghostbusters; comedic, but with a serious evil looming the entire time which Lainey will eventually have to confront. A few real-to-life, 'glimpse' scenes featuring a grim-faced shaman at a Native American mound society in 1400 A.D. sprinkled into the modern-day, rural setting containing our main character helps the mystery build, and keeps the observer's interest with their contrasting natures. Save the Cat, 3 Act Format, Excellent Character Arc, Hick Jokes, Unique Play with Tropes, Very Intriguing Mystery not overwhelmingly complex Want to know exactly what’s snatching Harlan citizens under the cover of night? You’ll have to ask “Bonkers Bo” Dittle, a wandering-eyed, acorn-chewing, estranged Vietnam vet who’s lived deep in ‘them there’ woods most his life. But he’s only one impossible step to climb for answers. Lainey Sears (24), an out-of-shape bowling alley bartender who’s trying to get her life together, would like to know the root of this unfathomable evil. It took her best friend and fifteen others at Harlan, Indiana’s first annual, lantern-lit Fright Night Trail Run near the local historic Native American mound site. Ideally, her retrocognitive abilities would lead her right to the evildoer, but she’d lost her “gift” after a cranium-cracking fall during that very race. Friends and foe emerge as Sears must face her demons in order to... face... a demon (you get the point).

About The Author

Greg Marchand is a Medical Laboratory Technician, U.S. Army veteran, and a debuting author. His first novel, Yellowstone Shifters, released 3/2/21 under RhetAskew Publishing, and was listed as a semi-finalist in ScreenCraft's 2018 Cinematic Book contest. The Cherub Mounds Artifact, Greg's second novel, a mystery/suspense with a taste of horror comedy, is complete and awaiting publishers' judgement. The colorful and contradictory people Greg has met in his lifetime inspire his stories, as do his fascination with the bizarre and his love for the mysteries held within mother nature.The Hoosier has a knack for finding the perfect niches in our modern world where disaster can strike and creating intriguing stories therein. When he’s not cursing medical laboratory instruments for a living, Greg is in his downstairs mancave hashing out stories, P90x-ing, and struggling to learn banjo. Occasionally, he emerges from the basement depths to cook for his wife and stepson, and to take the dogs down to the river.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Rhet Askew Publishing

Year Published: 2022

Hard Copy Available



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