The Haunted Trail: The war of the Dublin Woods

John C Lukegord

Book Cover

GENRE

SUSPENSE/THRILLER HORROR MYSTERY ACTION CRIME ADVENTURE WAR.

    Core Theme

    FANTASY

    TIME PERIOD

    19th Century

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    SLEEPY HOLLOW

    CHARACTER LIST

    MICK: LEAD. BRAVE.

    MUMMY: EVIL, VILLAIN.

    HENRY: HELPFUL, GHOST OF MICK’S BROTHER.

    MCARTHUR: KILLER.

    WENDY: SCARED, WIFE OF KILLER.

    CORNELIUS: GHOST WITH EVIL INTENTION.

    Logline

    Halloween night isn't over yet. Find out what happens next in this epic sequel.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34,35-54

    Target Gender: Male leaning,Male Leaning,Universal

    Setting

    Dublin, Ireland

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self-Published

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    Mick Patrican is injured in the middle of a dangerous forest. A group of evil cult members infected by the curse of the Dublin Woods are on the hunt for him. Mick has until midnight to battle a dangerous mummy and locate two magical four-leaf clovers and use them to lift a curse and heal himself.

    Ending Description

    Mick Patrican heroically battles a dangerous mummy and cuts a four-leaf clover out of its black heart and saves Ireland from the mummy's curse. On Halloween night, 1940, Mick tells his grandson the legend about the war that took place over the two magical four-leaf clovers.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    9780997596458

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Quest

    Main Character Details

    Name: Mick Patrican

    Age: 17

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Adventurous, Aspiring, Desperate, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Honorable, Skillful,Skillful,Underdog,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: The mummy

    Age:

    Gender: Other

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive, Badass, Crazy, Greedy, Skillful, Villainous,Villainous,Badass,Greedy

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Additional Character Details

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    Development Pitch

    The Haunted Trail: The war of the Dublin Woods reveals how an investigation of the missing warded of the local asylum, Tomas Roberts leads to multiple murder clues that either become solved or will forever remain a mystery in the Dublin Woods. Mick Patrican uncovers secrets from the past regarding the two four-leaf clovers and their relation to extraterrestrial historical encounters. Find out if Mick and his brothers' spirits can eliminate the evil curse which has plagued the Dublin Woods for two-thousand years. This story has many well thought out horror concepts that would work well for the big screen someday. If The Haunted Trail kept you hooked until the end, then The Haunted Trail: The war of the Dublin Woods should do the same for fans of this genre. Thanks and enjoy!

    Genre

    SUSPENSE, THRILLER, DRAMA, FANTASY

    Brief

    An injured man has to do battle with marauding ghouls and mummies on Halloween night. He must stop a curse so he can heal himself and save Ireland all before the night is over.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: FAIR

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: FAIR

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    Mick's condition is an interesting hook.

    Possible Drawbacks

    There are a bewildering amount of characters and a huge body count. It's impossible to develop any sort of understanding or empathy with the characters since no connection is made with them.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The woefully underused horror elements are a grounding factor of the "story".

    Fanbase Potential

    Without any connection made with the characters, it's hard to see that there would be a large fan base. There is a lot of blood and gore, but it just seems meaningless.

    Awards Potential

    This isn't developed enough to make an adaptation that would be of Awards caliber.

    Envisioned Budget

    LARGE BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    SLEEPY HOLLOW

    What’s New About the Story

    Aliens, mummies, ghosts and leprechauns all make an appearance in this original book. However, connecting these with the human characters needs to happen before the full potential is reached.

    Lead Characters

    The characters must have been introduced in a previous book and not carried over. There isn't enough character development in this installment to make a standout.

    Uniqueness of Story

    This can't exist on its own as a stand alone. Plot and character development is needed.

    Possible Formats

    Film: Indie

    Analyst Recommendation

    WORK IN PROGRESS

    Justification

    The main character simply bookends gory murders of seemingly random characters. The story isn't developed and neither are the characters.

    Tips for Improvement

    This would need to be created as more of a stand alone piece to be considered. It is expected that the reader is familiar with the characters and story from a previous book. When that is not the case, there is no interest for the reader.

    Brief

    On Halloween night an ancient curse plays out in murderous detail as one man has until midnight to stop it and save Ireland.

    What We Liked

    The supernatural aspects are interesting and could be incorporated into a fully developed story.

    Film: A film that focuses on the supernatural would be interesting, especially when paired with major plot and character development.

    TV: The story can be knitted together from the previous book with some serious character development to create a television series.

    Key points:
    1. Mummies
    2. Ghosts
    3. Aliens
    4. Leprechauns
    5. Franchise potential

    Synopsis

    It is Halloween night in Dublin Woods. Mick has been shot and is in a cave with two broken legs and punctured lungs. He has been tricked and nearly killed by McArthur who has become murderously possessed. He is working with a bunch of killers from the local mental hospital, also possessed by aliens. They go on a homicidal rampage through the forest. McArthur has already killed Mick’s two brothers and Mick has to overcome tremendous odds to stay alive.

    Halloween has opened a door for an evil Egyptian mummy in possession of a magic four leaf clover and the ghost of Cornelius, a man with a black heart, to bring about a curse. Whichever supernatural being can bring both four leaf clovers together will heighten their powers and be able to take over Ireland.

    McArthur, who kills his own son, is ultimately killed by his wife, Wendy. However, the many others from the mental hospital continue their murderous crusade killing everyone on their path in the woods. Many of police officers, who are trying to bring law and order back to the woods, lose their lives as well.

    Mick is aided by the ghosts of his murdered brothers. His brother, Henry, is able to travel to a cave where he is presented with a four leaf clover by a Leprechaun. He brings the artifact back to Mick. Though Mick is suspected of being a part of the murders, he is able to convince the authorities that he is innocent and must be set free to stop the curse.

    Mick convinces the authorities to let him try even though his injuries make it seem unlikely that he will be successful. Miraculously, Mick is able to remove the second four leaf clover from the mummy’s heart and place the two artifacts together. He is instantly healed and the curse is broken. Cornelius and the mummy are rendered powerless. With the curse stopped, Dublin is saved just in the nick of time before Halloween is over. Years later, Mick tells his grandson the story and shows him the four leaf clovers as proof. With his wisdom imparted, Mick passes away soon after.

    About The Author

    John C. Lukegord hails from Massachusetts. The basis for his books are horror skits he performed in his home state.