Dwelling

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HORROR MYSTERY SUSPENSE/THRILLER ACTION ADVENTURE DRAMA GOTHIC CRIME

Contemporary

Karen Koenig

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Logline

An 'off the books' sheriff's investigation into the sudden appearance of an abandoned house reveals the answer to the age old question...does hell really exist? The answer is yes and it has made a home for all of us.

Genre

Horror,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller,Action,Adventure,Drama,Gothic,Crime

Short Summary

The sighting and location of an empty house is promptly reported to the sheriff's office by a bewildered land owner. The sheriff puts together an unconventional team to investigate the source and locate the owners of the house.


The survivors of the investigative team created by the sheriff try to cope after their encounter and escape from the horrors and violence that haunt and possess the house only to be brutally attacked in their own homes and dragged back to the dwelling and made part of it forever.

Setting

Arkansas - small southern town

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Tragedy,Quest,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Sheriff Jeremy Pritchett

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Modest,Obedient,Blunt,Selfless,Skillful,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Sam Pritchett

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Leader,Naive,Modest,Obedient,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Leslie Singer

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Sarcastic,Secretive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Deputy Cole Sutter

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Clumsy,Confident,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Naive,Underdog,Modest,Obedient,Selfless,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

I believe you will find Dwelling offers an unusual story line. It is not the typical spooky old house because the house itself is the entity and the ghosts inside are haunted as well. The plot of the story will appeal to all fans of the horror genre and the characters and setting will entice any movie fan. Dwelling definitely has sequel potential since the story does not technically end but could be considered a new beginning from the perspective of the house and the ghosts that inhabit it. A television series is promising because Dwelling offers so many different avenues to travel with backstory, the town, characters and of course the house. (THE PLOT) The discovery of a house deep in the woods of the massive Webster property answers the question "are ghosts real," in terrifying, graphic detail. The sighting and location of the house is promptly reported to the sheriff's office by the bewildered land owner. The nature of the complaint, not to mention the demeanor of Mr. Webster, puts in motion the formation of an unprepared team composed of the sheriff and his deputy, paranormal investigators, and two supernatural de-bunkers. What begins with the presumption of an uneventful trek through the woods to locate the inexplicable house and solve a mystery, graduates to one encounter after another with unthinkable abominations and violent confrontations once the Dwelling finds them.

About The Author

My name is Karen Koenig and I call Arkansas my home. I share my life with my husband and my son along with a very sweet dog and two overbearing, obnoxious cats. I believe ghosts, things that go bump in the night, the creature under the bed and even the closet monster all have a place in our lives. We need them to keep us aware and primal. So don't fight it, let them do their job...which brings me to my second novel. Dwelling explores a very unique haunted house with a morbid taste for human possession. Thank you for giving Dwelling consideration. Dwelling is my second horror novel. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. I believe everyone likes a good horror story even if they are afraid to admit it. Please consider Halo Falls, my first novel. Halo Falls reveals what happens when a group of friends make the fateful decision to poke fun of and underestimate just how terrifying the supernatural can be.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

1687205248

Genre

THRILLER, SUSPENSE

Brief

A house suddenly appears in the middle of a land, and the land's owner decides to report it to the sheriff. Weird things start to happen, people disappear, and we discover by the end of the book that the house was controlled by an old entity that looks for objects and people to possess.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

This haunted house appearing in the middle of private property is an entertaining way to start a horror story.

Possible Drawbacks

The investigation itself feels repetitive. It takes a lot of pages of people reporting things to the sheriff. The author could write it differently.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The plot sounds suitable for a horror movie. This haunted house that kills people is a good character and scenario at the same time.

Fanbase Potential

If further developed, I believe so.

Awards Potential

No. It's not impactful nor thought-provoking enough for it. It's pure entertainment for horror lovers.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: A HAUNTED HOUSE IN WHICH THE GHOSTS LIVE THERE FOR GOOD. CHILD'S PLAY: AN EVIL ENTITY POSSESSES A DOLL IN ORDER TO STAY "ALIVE" AND KILL PEOPLE.

What’s New About the Story

A house, in the middle of the woods, that is possessed by an evil entity. The author could better develop backstories and give the house an even scarier "mood."

Lead Characters

The sheriff could be better developed, so we could root more for him. Maybe, the house itself could be the main character of this story, depending on "its" backstory. This choice would give the story a more original look.

Uniqueness of Story

No. We could know more about this old entity that wants to remain alive possessing objects. It could give the book a more complex plot.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

I'd like to know more about the entity's backstory. Why is this old spirit possessing objects to remain alive? Why does the entity kill people? If we have the chance to know the entity better, to know her past, her motivations, I believe the story could become more complex and scarier. The writing style is Ok, but it needs improvements in order to really catch people's attention. I don't think that the sheriff should be the main character. If you have an interesting character (the house), the character that is on the opposite side of the story should be equally interesting. The sheriff could be this person, but he needs to be more impressive. I understand that the entity possesses objects to keep moving on, but possessing a doll sounds quite clichéd. I loved the way the story began. A house appears overnight in the middle of the woods, and the land's owner decides to report it, believing someone is trying to take advantage of him. It has the power to be scary. However, the story's development is not equally scary. It should be better elaborated to become an entertaining horror movie.