Stanley Swanson - Breed of a Werewolf

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ACTION ADVENTURE FOLKTALE WAR SUSPENSE/THRILLER OTHER

Contemporary,1980s & '90s

S.K. Ballinger

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Logline

The gripping, action-packed story of what happens when a werewolf grants an interview to a human journalist as war breaks out among the creatures of the night. A spellbinding story with in-your-face action: Interview with the Vampire meets American Werewolf in London.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Folktale,War,Suspense/Thriller,Other

Short Summary

A war is coming between the creatures of the night. Werewolf Stanley Swanson believes it will also involve humans, and he needs to know which side they’ll take. He reaches out to retired journalist Kain, hoping that if he shares the secrets of both werewolves and vampires, the mortals will support.


Stanley faces the oldest and most powerful Drackulis, Sirtimi. They fight to the death over the broken treaty. Stanley prevails as then becomes known as a Legend. Kain Edward is presumed dead...but is he? From the shadows of Kain's house, two hand pull his empty wheelchair back into a shadow.

Setting

California, New York

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Stanley Swanson

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Modest,Outspoken,Skillful,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Kain Edward

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Desperate,Educated,Insecure,Underdog,Visionary,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Gravakus

Age: Unknown

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Gracious,Heroic,Villainous,Skillful,Funny,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Julie Swanson

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Sexy,Outspoken,Romantic,Secretive

Development Pitch

There isn't much not to like with having a werewolf family that live among humans, a handicapped retired journalist that seeks the truth and the powerful Drackulis and their followers 'Vampires' who will go great depths to track down a written journal that shares the secrets of both creatures of the night. In this spellbinding, character-driven story that features werewolves, vampires, and humans. Obsessed with thoughts of an imminent war involving creatures of the night, Stanley Swanson wants to know which side humans will take. The only problem is that the humans know nothing about what he knows, and to get word out about his secrets, he needs one man: retired journalist Kain. But can his plan succeed? It is not long before the vampires become aware of what he is up to and war might be coming sooner than Stanley might have thought, and his family may stand to be the heaviest hit in the duel.

About The Author

S.K. Ballinger resides in Elkton, MD. He began writing in 2014 and currently holds twelve books he has written. Has taken part in one anthology were all proceeds went to a charity and in 2015 came in third place for the co-authored horror book titled 'Unfleshed'.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-Published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9780359250738

Genre

ACTION, DRAMA, WAR, FANTASY

Brief

Kain is a disabled journalist who always felt that the underworld of vampires and werewolves did exist. He is contacted by Stanley, claiming to be a werewolf, and willing to sit down for an interview. Stanley wants to warn humans about the war brewing between vampires and werewolves.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

SECOND PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOF

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The focus on werewolves over vampires pulled me in. Most stories place werewolves as secondary characters and it was interesting to see a different perspective.

Possible Drawbacks

The dialogue is very distracting. There are many grammatical errors and unnecessary words. The dialogue can be simplified, which would also condense the story.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is a werewolf reaches out to a human journalist to tell his story, and warn them about war. It is an interesting story, but it has been done before.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase as other franchise like it do. This story deals with a classic battle between underworld creatures that is timeless.

Awards Potential

This does not have award potential. It deals with the classic but overdone stories about werewolves and vampires. This is not an original take but rather a different perspective of the conflict.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

UNDERWORLD, UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE

What’s New About the Story

The original aspect of this story is that is from the perspective of werewolves. Many of the stories are from the vampires’ perspective. Besides that the rest of the story is very similar to other creature stories.

Lead Characters

Kain is an interesting character because he has been paralyzed and his lost his zest for life. He is lonely, but has never lost his belief in vampires and werewolves. As he is now, Stanley does not stand out beyond being a werewolf.

Uniqueness of Story

As it stands now, this is an average story. It could be improved by showing werewolves in an equal capacity to the vampires. Vampires are always written with deep history and complex culture. The world that werewolves live can be the same instead of them being former slaves to vampires. They are always scraping by and trying to survive, being outnumbered by the vampires. It would be interesting to see them being formidable opponents in strength and resources instead of just the underdog - no pun intended.

Possible Formats

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

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

This would be a “consider” if the story is condensed and a richer world is created for the werewolves.