Nosferatu

Peter Cawdron

Book Cover

GENRE

FANTASY

    Core Theme

    HUMAN VS. SUPERNATURAL, JUSTICE, OVERCOMING THE MONSTER

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    QUEEN OF THE DAMNED, NOSFERATU, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA

    CHARACTER LIST

    • DR. JANE LANGFORD: A POLICE PSYCHOLOGIST WHO BECOMES ENTANGLED WITH SUPERNATURAL FORCES
    • DR. ALAN LANGFORD: JANE’S HUSBAND; SURGEON
    • DR. JOE MANNING: ALAN’S BEST FRIEND.

    Logline

    Vampires walk among us, using folklore to hide in plain sight, relying on superstitions to discredit the very notion of their existence. Lurking in the shadows and remaining in the background, they have preyed on humanity for thousands of years. Bram Stoker came close, revealing the presence of Dracula, but even he misunderstood the true nature of the vampire.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Idaho, Germany, Romania (Transylvania)

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    Dr. Jane Langford is a police psychologist in Boise, Idaho, called in to profile a robbery gone wrong, descending into murder. The video evidence is damning and yet the assailant is claiming they're innocent. Is she being used to set up an insanity plea, or is there something more sinister at work?

    Ending Description

    After outwitting and destroying the vampire, Jane and her colleagues have uncovered the origin of Nosferatu—an ancient spacecraft buried deep beneath the Carpathian mountains in remote Transylvania.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain

    Main Character Details

    Name: Dr. Jane Langford

    Age: 28

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Decisive, Visionary, Strong Moral Code, Confident, Perseverance, Selfless, Skillful, Sophisticated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Nosferatu

    Age: 18000

    Gender:

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass, Criminal, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Manipulative, Masculine, Narcissistic, Aggressive, Villainous, Confident, Desperate, Blunt

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dr. Alan Langford

    Age: 28

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous, Blunt, Engaging, Flexible, Heroic, Aspiring, Complex, Desperate, Empathetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dr. Joe Manning

    Age: 35

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Decisive, Engaging, Flexible, Obedient, Villainous, Charming, Confident

    Brief

    Dr Jane Langford, a psychologist working for the police in Boise, Idaho, becomes entangled with
    supernatural forces as she investigates a spree of murders. Even terrified, she pushes forward and
    ends up possessed by an evil force. The story revolves around the true existence of vampires and
    how these creatures have been hiding in plain sight for millennia. A group of people, including
    descendants of the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing, set to obliterate them from the world.

    What We Liked

    The scientific work of police psychologist Jane Langford sets up a murder mystery that goes beyond
    the average supernatural, fantasy novel. Her discoveries lead the audience into a world that includes
    vampires and demons with ease, as if everyone is experiencing the disclosing of the facts in real life,
    through a filter of expected skepticism.
    The use of recognizable horror standards such as Dracula as the basis for an investigative story may
    attract fans of fantasy and psychological thrillers alike, grounding even the most abstract elements in
    the narrative, making them relatable.
    Film: A feature film would maintain the suspense from the very beginning, with Dr Jane Langford as a
    strong female lead and the use of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", presented here a a diary rather than a work
    of fiction, as a device to actually solve the mysteries of Nosferatu in a slower pace. The story would
    be fiercely grounded in the "real world", with a longer stage of investigations, before fully embracing
    fantasy as the sole element dictating the narrative.
    TV: The tone and pacing is reminiscent of recent network shows like "Grimm" or "The Vampire
    Diaries", as well as 90's staples like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". The mythology and characters would
    work well under the format. The story also has space for a lot of "characters of the week", with new
    monsters, vampires or hunters to increment the narrative.

    Synopsis

    Dr. Jane Langford, a police psychologist, investigates murders in Boise, Idaho. Things become even
    more puzzling when she stumbles across Bram Stoker’s famed novel, Dracula, concluding it to be the
    common denominator for it all. Fascinated by the book and trying to crack the case, Jane visits a
    woman to find more answers about the murders. A confrontation confirms that the woman is
    possessed by an evil spirit and, as Jane gets attacked and shoots the woman down, Jane becomes
    possessed herself and flees.
    After finding a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in their apartment, full of Jane’s annotations, Jane’s
    husband, Alan, concludes that it must be related to his wife’s condition and sudden disappearance.
    He manages to track down Jane's phone to Transylvania, in Romania. He asks his best friend Joe to
    come along and together they look for her, ending up in a small village in the middle of nowhere,
    where they meet the local descendants of vampire hunter Vlad Van Helsing. At the Van Helsing's
    cottage, it becomes apparent that Jane no longer exists and that the vampire Nosferatu has taken her
    place, using her body in order to stay alive. Later that night, Alan sees Jane outside calling for him.
    Overcome by his love for her, he ends up touching her hand - which makes Nosferatu transfer into his
    body. Jane, Vlad and his sons trap Alan inside and set fire to the house, hoping to kill Nosferatu once
    and for all.
    Seven years later, Joe goes back to Europe and is interrogated because of his association to Jane.
    Jane, who is now Alan because of the switch right before the fire, is in full slayer mode, integrating a
    group of vampire hunters with the Van Helsings. They find Nosferatu’s lair and manage to explode it,
    soon after finding an ancient spaceship buried deep beneath the Carpathian mountains, making
    Nosferatu's origin extra-terrestrial.

    About The Author

    Peter Cawdron is an Australian science fiction writer. The influence of classic writers like Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton are readily apparent in reference to his style and story lines.