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Contemporary,Earlier 20th Century

Mark Allen

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A vampire saves an undercover cop from assassination by a murderous drug cartel. Together they dismantle the cartel one gruesome piece at a time, ferret out a dirty cop on the Force, and unearth a 100 year-old secret that binds their fates together for all time.



Short Summary

An arms deal by a drug cartel is actually a set up to murder an undercover cop that has infiltrated their organization. Then the Vampire steps in with different plans.

Reggie the cop and the Vampire, with backup from two other honest men, kill the last of the cartel members. Reggie and the Vampire, understanding the special relationship they share, will forever be bound to time.


San Diego, CA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: The Vampire

Age: 130

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Secretive,Honorable,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Reginald "Reggie" Downing

Age: 30's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Rick Oakley

Age: 40's - 50's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Confident,Criminal,Blunt,Power Hungry,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

In the midst of a savage drug war raging on both sides of the border, a vampire saves a cop, Reggie Downing, from a murderous drug cartel. Together they dismantle the cartel one bloody piece at a time, ferret out the traitor cop that sold Reggie out, and uncover a 100 year-old secret that binds their fates together forever. NOCTURNAL is a story of honor and betrayal, crime and punishment, sin and redemption, self-loathing and seething hatred, and an unshakeable love that spans across the centuries and transcends the boundaries of Life and Death.

About The Author

Mark Allen is a retired Navy Hospital Corpsman (1980-2001), a combat vet, and 100% service-related disabled. He is a produced screenwriter, published novelist, and cancer survivor. He lives quietly in the Pacific Northwest with his wife. He writes every day.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

San Diego, CA

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available







The vampire is out for a feeding when he comes across the drug cartel and their dealings. He saves a cop, Reggie, from being killed by them and together they set out to find the mole. The Vampire explains his life ,death and rebirth to Reggie as well as the fact that he is is great grandfather. Reggie and the Vampire work together to find out who is behind it all and bring them to justice.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile does accurately reflect the book.

Draw of Story

The story draws the audience in with the darkness and shadows. It takes place among the dark underworld of illegal dealings. It begins with the drug cartel and The Vampire attacking them to feed. The seediness of the opening chapter includes danger, excitement and action. Vampires are still an interesting subject and the mythology can vary around them which can be exciting.

Possible Drawbacks

The book goes into unnecessary detail when describing certain actions. There are some lengthy shower descriptions that seem unnecessary and can definitely be condensed without taking away from the story. There also seemed to be importance placed on characters that didn't amount to much in the end.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a hundred year old Vampire has decided to save the life of a mortal. They band together to find out who has tried to kill him. I would watch this movie for the unique story between Reggie and The Vampire. Reggie is a descendant of The Vampire, but the story he tells is very human. It is interesting to see the different ideologies on vampires, how they operate and have come to be. The Vampire has a few "TMI" moments when it comes to the practical life of vampires. This gives a unique spin on vampires.

Fanbase Potential

This story could have a large fanbase because vampires are still interesting to audiences with the right spin. Underworld is a popular franchise with 5 films. Interview with a Vampire is has a cult following and Twilight was a massive hit. Each has a unique twist on the classic that goes past the Dracula motif. This story has the same format.

Awards Potential

This does not have awards potential. While it is unique in some ways, it is not groundbreaking. The characters could be developed more. The plot is average.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is original in that The Vampire has a personal stake in the characters well being. He has saved Reggie because he is his great grandfather. He loved a woman ,as a mortal man, fiercely and became a vampire in the hopes that he might see her again. He learns that is not possible for him as vampire but decides to step in 100 years later to save Reggie.

Lead Characters

The lead character is cloaked with mystery but is open with his life as a vampire. He is referred to as The Vampire throughout the book. He tells Reggie his life story and he reveals his human name. The Vampire operates similarly to many vampires or immortal beings seen in other stories which is not original. Reggie does not stand out as a lead character.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an above average story that would be agreeable to all audiences. It is a fresher take on the vampire dealing with humans troupe but not enough that the story is not familiar to audiences.

Possible Formats

Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



This is a consider because the story is interesting enough to holds the attention of the audience but does not stray from the vampire/immortal creature theme. If there were more depth into the history of The Vampire and the world of vampires in this story, it would enrich the story and set it apart from others.