The City

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Earlier 20th Century

S.C. Mendes

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Three mutilated bodies. An unstable detective with a personal vendetta. And a hidden city. Solving this case will force Max Elliot down a path he never could have imagined. A mysterious drug, a world beneath our own, sex and violence on an unprecedented level, and creatures as ancient as sin itself.



Short Summary

Max Elliot is called to a gruesome crime scene. He only finds one clue: a pouch of gray powder hidden under the floorboards. It’s a start though, and soon Max is connecting with his informants in the gritty underbelly of Chinatown. What he uncovers though is that the killers may not be human.

Max solves the case, though no one may believe the full truth. Through the course of the novel, he finds closure to his own personal tragedy while also saving Ming (a young teen) from the horrors of the city.


1910 Chinatown, San Francisco

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Max Elliot

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Sarcastic,Lone Wolf,Secretive,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Ming

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Secretive,Skillful,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: The Mara

Age: Unknown

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

There is a civilization hidden deep beneath our own; a place spoken of only in whispers. The City is a fantastic book to be adapted for film because of the dynamic character development. Max Elliot is an anti-hero looking for redemption. Ming is the seventeen-year-old sidekick, helping Max on his adventure. It’s an unlikely friendship with strong male and female roles, appealing to both young and old viewers. The plot will connect with both horror and crime fans, and the unique setting makes it stand out in both genres. Period pieces, when done right, can be very popular, and The City features a 1910 Chinatown. The gritty film noir aspect of the opium dens and private investigators, will blend perfectly with the dark horror elements. With the right costumes and set, The City could create a memorable world like Hellraiser, a cult classic fans will remember for years. Despite its graphic content, the ending is happy. Well, more of a happy-sad ending, where the anti-hero redeems himself and the youth is saved.

About The Author

As a co-owner of Blood Bound Books, Mendes has edited five anthologies, featuring horror legends Jack Ketchum, Bentley Little, Brian Lumley, Steve Rasnic Tem, and many more. In his role as author, he's published several short stories, but The City is his debut novel. The novel was accepted for a Bookbub deal, and over 16,000 Kindle copies were downloaded from Amazon. The response from Kindle reviews, Goodreads, and social media has been fantastic. The sequel to The City is already in the works.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Blood Bound Books

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available