When an introverted teenager wins a literary contest, his deadbeat uncle with a cocaine habit is enlisted to pose as the author, but when he’s blackmailed by his dealers, he plans to kidnap the publishers assistant and random her for the money he needs… if he doesn’t get them all killed first.
Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition, Mystery/Crime Category 2019
Review from Blue Cat Screenwriting competition.
This project had a highly evocative, surreally dark tone that came across clearly on the page. I was fully transported into this grimy, neo-noir world, which came equipped with a somewhat heightened cinematic vibe. There were some incredibly intense sequences of suspense and extreme brutality which further hammered home this macabre sensibility. Additionally, the dialogue throughout the piece was whip-sharp, packed with ribald humor, cock-eyed observations, and twisted euphemisms.
With the character of Edsall Quarrels, you have created a truly loathsome and intimidating antagonist, who an audience will very much look forward to seeing dead. I appreciated the fact that, in general, your narrative took several unforeseen twists and turns, pushing things in a different direction from what I anticipated. Though I can feel your cinematic influences on display, you’ve done a wonderful job in imprinting this material with a fresh, unique aesthetic and style of your own.
The look I get when I’m trying to write (and shop online) at home. She knows what I’m really up to.