In the Midst

Teresa McElhinny rtjmc@hotmail.com 1616283795515

APOCALYPTIC HORROR SCI-FI SUSPENSE/THRILLER POLITICAL

Contemporary

Teresa K McElhinny

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Logline

Evokes a collaboration of H.G. Wells, George Orwell, and H.P. Lovecraft set in contemporary times. Hideous screeching monsters exuding a wretched foul odor come popping through to Earth via portals from another dimension, amid a massive governmental false flag operation.

Genre

Apocalyptic,Horror,Sci-fi,Suspense/Thriller,Political

Short Summary

Retirees Vern and Eileen Crowley notify Wildlife and Game Warden Reggie Atkins of a roadkill spotted at Mile Marker 28 in Sherwood County, WA. The hideous creature has red pinpoint eyes and razor sharp talons and exudes a foul stench, not unlike burning tar. Surprisingly, the Feds know all about it.


As the main protagonists, common folk, gradually uncover information separating fact from fiction, they spread the word via ham radios during Martial Law and an escalating body count of human and cryptid. Epilogue sets up conditions for another encounter with the aliens to occur in 10 years.

Setting

USA, primarily (fictitious) Sherwood County in the state of Washington

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Reggie Atkins

Age: 60 years old

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Selfless,Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Marcelle Granger

Age: 40s

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Decisive,Desperate,Educated,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Secretive,Outspoken,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Sheriff Gabe Miller

Age: 50s

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Leader,Outspoken,Uneducated,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: TWO/ABCD Director Kim Lee

Age: 30s or 40s

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aspiring,Complex,Desperate,Heroic,Leader,Secretive,Patriotic,Masculine

Development Pitch

What if H.G. Wells, George Orwell, and H.P. Lovecraft were to come back and collaborate on a science fiction/dystopian/horror novel set in contemporary times? They just might come up with a speculative fiction novel like IN THE MIDST by Teresa Kaye. Imagine on the big screen: Hideous screeching monsters exuding a wretched foul odor invading Earth via portals from another dimension, amid a massive governmental false flag operation which includes top secret alien cloning, holograms, super soldiers, tar pits, and petroleum flies. Chaos ensues, the body count of human and alien rises as private citizens try to separate fact from fiction before it's too late. What readers have said: "Definitely creepy." "Ripe with mystery and intrigue." "Very sinister." "Horror + Country Boys is a fun genre." "I can tell something very bad is going to happen." "Although IN THE MIDST could be classified as sci-fi, I appreciate this story as a very modern commentary on what unintended consequences can ensue when government interferes with the natural order."

About The Author

What if H.G. Wells, George Orwell, and H.P. Lovecraft were to come back and collaborate on a science fiction/dystopian/horror novel set in contemporary times? They just might come up with a speculative fiction novel like this one: In the Midst by Teresa K McElhinny [nom de plume TERESA KAYE]. Hideous screeching monsters exuding a wretched foul odor comes popping through to Earth via portals from another dimension, amid a massive governmental false flag operation. What's not to like? Teresa has written scripts for: Her Latin class Roman Banquet/Saturnalia; opening segments for a Filipino women's television program; monthly readers theater performances at a senior center; "Crime & Cupcakes" mystery dessert theater; and most recently a one act play for community theater based upon a story in a local celebrity's weekly newspaper column. She began this story as a serial installment for Jukepop Serials several years back, but had to discontinue writing due to a medical crisis with her husband. Recently she has completed the novel, and hopes you also see the potential of IN THE MIDST on screen.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: only partially through Jukepop Serials; rights reverted back to me when JS closed down

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed