Submission Samples from the Horror Genre

Title: In Joy and Sorrow

Logline: Sometimes the sins of the past have a habit of catching up, and giving one the harsh sentence of justice. Sometimes these situations can become horrible - truly horrible.

Synopsis: When you've done something wrong, don't you wish you can just run, hide somewhere and hope the problem - and punishment - will go away? Sometimes though, the sins of the past have a habit of catching up, and giving one the harsh sentence of justice. In the dead of winter, a doctor does the unthinkable. After committing the worst crime imaginable, Dr. Emmerick Stone Kelly has to escape his sins. With the help of Sheriff Robert Strohl, he runs away to the small, yet unknowingly deadly, town of Susannah. Now, with all of his past behind him, he tries to start a new life. With all of the haunting memories resting on his shoulders, however, he soon finds that the beautiful town of Susannah is more than he bargained for. Now Kelly is faced with deadly neighbors and dancing ghouls. What else lurks in the shadows? And how will Kelly escape the sinister realm of Susannah? Based on the novella "In Joy and Sorrow".

Title: Deathland

Logline: After a horrible virus unleashes a legion of the undead, one family struggles to make their way across what is left of a ravaged and perilous country on the prayer of finding the last remaining city.

Synopsis: A serious and emotionally gripping take on the zombie lore, Deathland tells the simple story of a family fighting for survival. After spending years traveling aimlessly in their beaten RV, fleeing or killing anything without a pulse, the rumor of a new city holds the promise of salvation for the Colliard family. But during their quest, they soon discover that zombies are the least of the horrors in this dead world of dwindling food and non-existent hope. A look into the true nature of humanity when all the rules and systems finally dissolve, Deathland is a tale filled with action, romance, suspense, and heartbreak that very well might change the perception of its genre.

Title: Prairie Bones

Logline: In this little haunted house on the prairie, family life isn't what it seems.

Synopsis: After losing three children, ETHAN and his pregnant wife, PEARL, are reduced to collecting Buffalo bones on a deserted prairie to survive. Settling the West in 1871 was tough, but worse when you add lies, ghosts and a deranged mind. Ethan tells Pearl he's going to work on the railroad. He arranges for his mother, GERTIE, to come and help deliver the new baby. He leaves in spite of Pearl's mental instability and Gertie arriving injured by an arrow. The injury turns deadly. Pearl is forced to walk through the wilderness for help. She gets to a neighbor's just as an Indian raid is in progress. After a horrific night hiding next to the bodies of a mother and teenage son, Pearl gives birth, alone among the dead. Meanwhile, the ghosts of Ethan and Pearl's children visit Gertie and their father with a warning. Then they go after Pearl. Ethan returns and must face his wife's insanity, the mysterious deaths of the children, and their shared guilt.

Title: Under the Blood Moon

Logline: On a field trip in the Florida Everglades, a group of students and their professor run into the lingering effects of an old Indian curse. A horrible death awaits them.

Synopsis: Prologue: (1542 AD) A priest of the Spanish Inquisition, directs a band of conquistadors to massacre a village of Calusa Indians in the Florida Everglades. As the survivors of his village are being buried alive, a shaman curses the day and his tormentors. A curse that will resonate throughout history. Present Day: A team of scientists-a professor and a few students-explore the (cursed)site of the massacre. One of the students becomes possessed (presumably "channeling" the long-dead Calusa shaman of the opening) and starts murdering the others. One by one, the entire cast is killed-off in varied and hideous ways. The end is a twist calculated for shock and awe. Contact: 305/879-3375 305/896-0625

Title: Bloodlines

Logline: Forget everything you think you know. A modern twist on the classic vampire tale.

Synopsis: A young man discovers his DNA holds the key to either destroying or allowing the vampire race to flourish. He is forced to face this fact after he is bitten and begins to change. As he begins training to battle vampires, he learns to seperate myth from truth in order to fulfill his destiny.

Title: TerrorTown

Logline: The 80s and high school aren't the only things terrifying this group of teens.

Synopsis: My name is Gary Alan Siddons and I have written the horror feature TerrorTown (2002 Zide/Perry Entertainment-Scr(i)pt Magazine Open Door Contest Finalist). The year is 1972, and TerrorTown opens with a Brady Bunch spoof that ends when Alice, disguised in a costume, slaughters the Bradys. We then discover we're in a theatre watching a movie. It's now Halloween 1985, and the audience exits the theatre in a quiet town after having watched the cult-classic, horror film, Terrorville (the Brady spoof). That night someone dressed as the movie killer murders the theatre's manager. Terror on the town begins. The main characters are a group of friends in high school. Over the days leading up to Halloween, the killer slaughters people close to the friends. Every time there is a murder, one of the friends is a suspect. The film ends in a twist of deceit, as the identity of the mastermind behind the killings remains buried in an evil soul or until the sequel. WGAw Reg. No. 1134425

Title: Drowning The Night

Logline: A twentyfive year old down on his luck music producer, falls into a world of Voodoo. It lead him to a path of assaults, rapes, and murders.

Synopsis: This is the story of Nigel Grazziano, an African American who was adopted at birth by an Italian family on the upper west side of Manhattan. Nigel`s luck seems to be quickly running out. He`s broke, homeless, and his new girlfriend is more costly than he can afford. His best friend is constantly getting him into trouble with local hoods in the nearby neighborhood. Nigel is on the edge of a nervous break down and the possibility of going totally mad. The night when his bestfriend is killed, it sends him over the edge. After several nights of seeing voodo spririts, Nigel is posessed. Now his nights will never be the same.

Title: Giggle

Logline: After being gruesomly murdered twenty years earlier, a serial killer clown returns from certain death to take revenge on the daughter of the deceased town sheriff who took his life.

Synopsis: Twenty years earlier in a small seaside town, a respected trauma surgeon, DR. GABNEY, who also performedas the town clown, is caught returning to the hospital at night and removing the organs from patients in their sleep leaving them to die. Sheriff TOM MAYER and Officer GORD get justice, shooting and burning the clown to his death, then taking his body to the isolated caves outside of town, burying him forever. Now, the clown returns to take bloody revenge on MAYGAN, daughter of the deceased Sheriff, and her high school friends. the clown tries to kill Maygan with a dirty shovel, but is saved by officer Gord. A year later, Maygan still lives with the trauma of that night, but has made new friends. The clown returns again killing everyone with what ever is at hand except Maygan and pal ANDY. After an attempt to kill the clown in the streets with a gun the clown pursues Maygan to the old hospital. She tries to hide but is cornered. Officer Gord finds Maygan and kills the clown forever.


Logline: I am an internationally published novelist and previous NYU creative writing professor: Six young strangers. TRAPPED in an ENGLISH MANOR HOUSE and enslaved by the past.

Synopsis: Marston Moor is a horror thriller, based on a true historical mystery. Set in London and in an isolated GRAND MANOR HOUSE in the English Yorkshire MOORS, the film tracks the fates of six youths as they are ENTICED to a GLAMOROUS event at the manor house and then find themselves trapped inside, FIGHTING for their lives. A cross between What Did You Do Last Summer and The Wicker Man, or The Shining and Rosemary's Baby, Marston Moor explores the consequences of our GENEALOGICAL TIES and of the HISTORY of our family and nation. Particularly with the interest in British history and the lives of their upper class from successful shows and films such as The Tudors, Gosford Park and Downtown Abbey, this film has huge potential for success. My literary agent in New York is Faye Bender ( However, she does not represent screenplays. I am looking for screenplay representation. My first novel The Mushroom Man (Putnam Penguin) was translated into several languages.

Title: Tank Farm

Logline: When a strange vapor cloud envelopes a Refinery's Tank Farm and workers disappear under strange circumstances, the night shift crew must obliterate the evil entity before it destroys them all.

Synopsis: As asphalt pumper, Kevin Gustin and head operator for the Tank Farm Department, Walt Mullen report for the night shift, a bluish-green vapor cloud enters Earth's atmosphere and envelopes their workplace. Their co-workers at the Peedmont Refinery disappear under strange circumstances, and one, Steve Noon, is taken over by the evil entity. With Noon making their job immeasurably more difficult, Mullen, Gustin, and the surviving crew must obliterate the entity before it destroys them all. When the situation looks the bleakest and Walt Mullen may have become another victim, the exhausted Gustin must summon the strength to finish the job.