Black Hills Moon

T.S. Huntzicker and Belowoeth Harbright

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE FANTASY HORROR FOLKTALE SCI-FI

    Core Theme

    STRENGTH

    TIME PERIOD

    20th Century (multiple decades),Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    X-MEN, GRIMM

    CHARACTER LIST

    • BAILEY: LEAD, 18, AGORAPHOBIC, POWERFUL, VULNERABLE

    • RANDALL: HANDLESS, FASTIDIOUS, DISMISSIVE, COMMANDING, LEADER OF S.C.A.R.E.D.

    • GRIMM: COURAGEOUS, BECOMES A GHOST, TECHNOLOGY WHIZ FOR S.C.A.R.E.D.

    • SKYE: STRONG, AMERICAN INDIAN, ANTHROPOLOGIST FOR S.C.A.R.E.D.

    • SASSY: SMELLY, SWEET-NATURED, CARING, SASQUATCH

    • ADDY: QUIET, DETERMINED, JAPANESE, ZEN MASTER FOR S.C.A.R.E.D.

    Logline

    Bailey, an agoraphobic, must leave her self-imposed prison and join forces with a group of rag-tag team of misfit cryptid hunters in order to fend off a growing evil. All the while the Blood Moon hangs over head, an evil eye in sky watching them all.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Black Hills, South Dakota, Japan, National

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Brilliant Sanity Media/Self-published

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    The book is divided into four sections: Legends, Lore, Legions, and Legacy. In legends, the stories are focused on a central character whom undergoes extreme trauma and pain in the light of the blood moon. Monsters come from the darkness to feed on their suffering. Each story builds on the next.

    Ending Description

    With the central characters united and have victors through several battels, they must now journey inwards to deal with their traumatic pasts. It's their only way to gain the power needed to fend off the hoards summoned by the Whisper.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    978-1-7334435-0-0

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Twist,Other

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Tragedy

    Main Character Details

    Name: Bailey

    Age: Mid twenties

    Gender: Female

    Role: Emotional

    Key Traits: Clumsy,Empathetic,Heroic,Underdog,Secretive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Randall Erikson

    Age: Older appearance, actual age unknown.

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Engaging,Heroic,Blunt,Outspoken,Visionary

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Eric Gray Wolf

    Age: 20s to 30s

    Gender: Male

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Charming,Confident,Selfless,Skillful,Sarcastic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Lazarus Stone

    Age: unknown/Appears to be in mid forties.

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Confident,Masculine,Villainous,Blunt,Seductive,Lone Wolf

    Development Pitch

    There is something wicked veiled in the light of the moon. Bailey, an agoraphobic, must leave the confines of her self-imposed prison and join a scrappy band of ne'er-do-wells that rescue her: S.C.A.R.E.D., a secret cryptid-hunting research society dedicated to battling the evil creatures let loose by The Whisper. The groups leader, a handless magician named Randall, runs a rag-tag group of skilled fighters that include: a Zen Master whose haunted past has followed her from the forests of Japan; an anthropologist with seemingly magical insight; a Native American descendent who carries the weight of his nation on his shoulders; a tech-genius in ethereal form; and a smelly but gentle hearted female sasquatch. Black Hills Moon is a contemporary twist on legends and lore of old. Each story focuses on a traumatic life experience for each character which is intensified in the light of the Blood Moon. Each story is built on the next until a band of heroes unites. When they discover the evil is too strong, they must look within themselves and confront their traumatic past in hopes of greater power. Although Black Hills Moon is the first book in a Trilogy, it would be ideally suited for a television series. Like many of the current popular series such as Stranger Things, Locke and Key, and October Faction, Black Hills Moon spans many genres including Horror, Fantasy, Scifi, and action. The stories are filled with horrific creatures, attracted by the suffering of others.

    Brief

    Under a blood moon, an agoraphobic ventures out into the world to join forces with a team of misfit cryptid hunters in order to fend off a growing evil.

    What We Liked

    - This book offers compelling exposure to cryptozoology from many different cultures. Much research has obviously gone into the creation of the book and the world in which the story unfolds. The well-developed characters use inner strength to defeat evil and are relatable to the audience. The classic battle between good and evil is played out in literal as well as gory detail.
    - The creatures and battle scenes lend themselves seamlessly to a cinematic adaptation.
    - This could be adapted for a television series style format. Episodes could see new creatures introduced for the S.C.A.R.E.D. squad to battle in each episode. Origin stories of each main character could also feature largely within the shared storyline and mythology.
    - Key points: Use of many legends from history that are attributed to different cultures; Popular genre; Special effects/Creature makeup; Potential franchise or series opportunity; Engaging battle sequences.

    Synopsis

    Under a blood moon, mythical creatures such as Pixies, Sasquatch, Mahaha, Yurei, Weredingo, etc. are let into this world from other dimensions through the power of extreme human suffering. Each of the main characters encounters one or more of such creatures in vignettes. Bailey, is a young woman who is agoraphobic as a result of a childhood trauma. From her basement lair, she has become a social media sensation in the field of cryptozoology. When she finally decides to free herself from her imposed prison and venture outside, she runs into another cryptozoologist internet influencer named Lester. He is a big fan of hers and offers her the chance to team up with him and two other influencers, Missy and Jack, for a joint episode. She agrees to come out of her comfort zone and join them on a camping trip. She learns that her fellow internet stars have similar interests when they share stories around the campfire. As Lester, Missy, Jack and Bailey share stories with Devin, a Native American they picked up along the way, they discover that he has some scary stories of his own. Devin soon transforms into a frightfully vicious Satyr, killing all of Bailey’s new found friends. In the turmoil, Bailey is rescued by a group of hooded figures that appear to human and their Sasquatch companion.

    The next thing she knows, Bailey awakens to find herself safely ensconced in a mansion. When she ventures out of her room, she is greeted by her saviors. They are a secret cryptid hunting and research group, who are dedicated to finding out why the creatures are coming into the human world as well as trying to minimize the terror and destruction brought to the world at the hands of the creatures. The group is called the Society for Cryptozoological Analytical Research and Enigmatic Discernment (S.C.A.R.E.D). The leader of the group is an ancient magician without hands called Randall Erickson. Joining Randall in his endeavors are others that are recognized from the earlier chapters that focused on specific encounters with specific beasts. The group of skilled researchers and warriors consist of Addy, a Japanese Zen master who is haunted by ghosts from her past in the forests of Japan; Skye, a Native American anthropologist graduate student who has some magical insight; Eric, a Native American, who holds the weight of his nation on his shoulders in the stead of his grandfather who turned into a great Thunderbird; Grimm, a technical genius who outfits the group with needed resources; and last, but certainly not least, a stinky domesticated female Sasquatch called Sassy.

    Randall believes that Bailey’s talent for communicating with the Earth as well as her extensive knowledge of cryptids makes her a likely beacon who can assist them in their quest against evil. Bailey trains with them and gets ready for the fight. Astral tears are opening in the fabric between worlds. These portals are allowing the beasts to crossover and they are gaining power through all the emotional suffering of the humans on Earth. While trying to vanquish some of the creatures, Grimm is sucked into a portal. Bailey jumps in after him and brings him out in ethereal form. He remains a translucent ghost who now requires assistance to handle the physical demands of his job until he create adaptive technology. As the blood moon rises again, a one-eyed man called Lazarus is being used by a malevolent force that he calls the Guiding Whisper. The Whisper is seeking to fully manifest and ascend through the suffering of humans and she is using Lazarus to do her bidding in the process. He is drawn to the S.C.A.R.E.D. compound to steal their resources. While the group has been away fighting the creatures, they return to find their compound in ruin. Many cryptids have been released and their equipment is smashed. They soon discover that Lazarus has stolen Randall’s lantern that contains untold powers. Having stolen the lantern, Lazarus smashed the lantern onto a fire and released all the power it contained into his gun. He fires the gun into the sky opening more portals and releasing more creatures. Members of S.C.A.R.E.D. go into battle with the cryptids, and Randall loses his life before it is all over. Shaken and devastated by the loss of their leader, they regroup at the compound. Randalls’ widow, Barbary, is there to aid them all in their suffering. To defeat the Whisper and save the world, Bailey and the other members of S.C.A.R.E.D. learn that they must use their inner strength to discover the specific “Scar” that is the root of their suffering to gain the power needed to defeat the growing evil. They each journey inward to deal with their traumatic pasts. In finding hers, Bailey manifests and invokes her Tulpa, Violet, who gives her strength and encouragement. When each member has found their respective Scars, they are given specific tools such as a gauntlet, an axe, a whip, etc. to aid in the fight of their lives.

    Against overwhelming odds, they engage in battle mayhem in the Black Hills and under a blood moon. They are ultimately able to stop the Whisper and her minions, sending them back from whence they came. Bailey heroically seals Lazarus away in another dimension as she seals up the remaining astral portals. Sadly, Sassy loses her life in battle and is lovingly laid to rest once they all return to the compound. The group parts for separate callings, but they will surely team back up again for the next impending cryptid crisis.

    About The Author

    T.S. Huntzicker is a Social Worker, Author, Professional Photographer, and Indie Short Film Producer/Director. He has an undergraduate degree in Human Consciousness and Cognition (Psychology/Philosophy) and focused his graduate work on Transpersonal Studies at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now known as Sophia University). It was there that he learned to integrate the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology. T.S. has several poems published and is an active screen writer. It was his his love for storytelling that gave rise to the Black Hills Moon Universe and many of the characters and stories are a direct manifestation of his personal life experiences. Bel Harbright is a freelance fantastic fiction writer and editor who has worked in the industry since 2015. His writing has been published in Beyond Imagination, SubverCity Transmit, and most recently, Dragon Poet Review. He has served as a content editor for Winterwolf Press, editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly, and recently was a contributing editor for Red Earth Review. He has received two Honorable Mentions from Writers of the Future for his slipstream sci-fantasy horror work, and his first YA novel, Fulltilt Exorcist, is forthcoming in 2020 from Shadow Wolf Press. He is currently finishing up his MFA in Creative Writing, with a focus on Genre Fiction and Horror at Oklahoma City University.