THE EVIL INSIDE

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HORROR SUSPENSE / THRILLER SUSPENSE/THRILLER

2000s

Philip Taffs

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Logline

Australian advertising creative, Guy Russell, moves with his family to a spooky hotel in Manhattan - and becomes convinced that Callum, his 3yo son, has become possessed by a dead foetus that Guy and his wife had to terminate.

Genre

Horror, Suspense / Thriller,,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

On 31 December 1999, Australian advertising creative Guy Russell arrives in New York along with his fragile wife and their young son, Callum. A painful tragedy has led them to swap Melbourne for Manhattan, and seek a fresh start.


Guy believes that Callum has become possessed by a dark force that wishes him ill. And as Guy grapples with whether the evil tormenting him is in his surroundings, his son, or his own mind, he pushes himself ever closer to the edge.

Setting

Manhattan. Upper West Side.

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity, Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Guy Russell

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Mia Russell

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Callum Russell

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities,Naive,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Esmerelda

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Empathetic

Development Pitch

A NEW MILLENNIUM. On 31 December 1999, Australian advertising creative Guy Russell arrives in New York along with his fragile wife and their young son. A painful tragedy has led them to swap Melbourne for Manhattan, and seek a fresh start. A NEW BEGINNING. With a new job secured at a thriving midtown agency, and temporary residence obtained in the Upper West Side's Olcott Hotel - a building with a morbid history of its own - Guy feels that now is the time to lay his troubles to rest. A NEW NIGHTMARE. Yet something won't let him. And as a sinister force from Guy's past begins to scratch its way back into his present, the behaviour of his son, Callum, also starts to become increasingly disturbing and chilling. As Guy begins to believe that Callum is being possessed by this dark force, others fear he is gradually dispossessing himself of his own sanity. And as Guy grapples with whether the evil tormenting him is in his surroundings, his son, or his own mind, he pushes himself ever closer to the edge.

About The Author

I got fired from an ad agency on the morning of Charles Manson's birthday and began writing 'The Evil Inside' that very afternoon. It was rejected everywhere you can possibly be rejected across 3 continents before finally being picked up by those geniuses at Quercus in London - who were smart enough to also publish 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I had a short story - about Elvis not really being dead - published in 'Playboy' (right after the La Toya Jackson centrefold) and won a PEN International Award...but that's another story. When I'm not writing, I'm watching old movies, screaming at the Carlton Football Club and wondering if a sex change could turn me into Gillian Flynn. It's hard to believe but I have two sons who love me.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: quercus uk

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

ISBN-10: 1848663994 ISBN-13: 978-1848663992

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