Screenwriting : Horror Writers! by Darren Wrightson

Darren Wrightson

Horror Writers!

Hey everyone, new guy here. I'm pretty much here to chat and maybe exchange work with fellow horror screenwriters. I find it's always better to get the candid opinions of strangers rather than friends as the feedback is usually less truthful from the latter. Not really familiar with the site yet so get in touch if you're interested? Peace.

Jean-Pierre Chapoteau

I write horror. Welcome to the site, Darren.

Darren Wrightson

Thanks Jean-Pierre :) What kind of horror do you write?

Kerry Douglas Dye

Another horror writer here. At least that's what I'm focusing on lately.

Jean-Pierre Chapoteau

I write horrors with a bit of sci-fi or fantasy in them, but right now I'm working on a slasher about an Olympic gold medalist and her family killing off a bunch of college athletes. It's been fun. What about you?

Monique Mata

Welcome, Darren. I'm looking to get into the horror genre as well.

Kerry Douglas Dye

Monique, if that's your real name, it's a great one for a horror writer (at least in Spanish).

Anthony Cawood

Welcome Darren, I tend to write horror, and if not writing out and hout horror... well everything else tends to have a dark tinge ;-)

Monique Mata

@Kerry - lol, yeah it works but it lacks subtext ;)

Eoin O'Sullivan

I have dabbled in horror. Welcome to the site :)

Shane M Wheeler

rises from the damp earth, covered in gore Welcome to Stage 32. Horror is always appreciated, and script exchange and read throughs even more.

Kerry Douglas Dye

What an entrance!

Natasha Powell

Yo! Follow Horror writer :)

Kerry Douglas Dye

BTW, thanks for starting this thread and gathering all the degenerates in one place.

Pierre Langenegger

One of my shorts was just shot in Seattle and it's horror. Maybe I'll write some more.

Pierre Langenegger

Oops. Almost forgot the op, Welcome.

David E. Gates

I'm hoping to turn my horror novel, The Roots of Evil by David E. Gates, into a script.

Darren Wrightson

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone and sorry for the late reply. I've just been getting my script ready for the Screencraft horror contest thing and finally got it submitted. It's a horror script based loosely around the Salem Witch Trials called Roots of Evil (Strange coincidence there... right, David? Lol). I also submitted it for my honors degree FMP. Glad to see I'm not the only one who likes to write a bit of darkness now and then :D

Darren Wrightson

What is your novel about, David?

Melody Cooper

Hey, Darren. After my own heart with Horror. I'm a horror and sci fi writer (write in separate genres and in combo). I focus on multi ethnic casts and strong female leads. My horror screenplay MONSTROUS was a top three finalist for 2014 Slamdance. My short sci fi film was an Official Selection of this year's Boston Sci Fi Film Festival, and I'm head writer on a new sci fi web series, and have two new horror screenplays and a sci fi thriller pilot my agent is shopping. What do you think about the crossover genres?

Darren Wrightson

Wow, congratulations :) You sure have been busy. What is Monstrous about? It sounds like something I would enjoy based on the title. What do you mean by 'crossover genres'? I am reluctant to answer in fear of looking like an idiot... P.S. Sorry for the late reply.

Melody Cooper

Darren, I'm not always clear, so it's probably more me! By crossover I mean hybrid genres life Sci Fi/Horror, which I also write. MONSTROUS is a horror thriller. LOGLINE: A wheelchair-bound man falls for a mysterious neighbor who reveals the supernatural underbelly of NYC as they hunt a serial killer of monsters who is more than what he seems.

Darren Wrightson

Ah that's what I thought you meant, sorry, it was me! Yeah I'm very into mixing up my genres. The film I've written would probably be classified as horror/thriller/historical, if that's even a thing. There's so many genres to play with nowadays that its hard to just stick to one. Monstrous sounds like my kinda thing. Is it getting produced as a film? Very concise logline by the way :) I've been working on mine but the best I have so far is: After receiving visions of the execution of his ancestor, partially-deaf eleven-year-old Ayton Berwick must try to uncover forgotten secrets of the Salem Witch Trials before history repeats itself and an ancient evil is free to create hell on Earth.

Melody Cooper

I like your logline! To make it more concise, I always ask myself: what do I absolutely NEED to be true to the essence of the story AND generate interest in my work? In yours, do you need that Ayton is "partially-deaf" for the purpose of the logline? Do you need his full name? You might, but those are questions I'd ask if you felt you needed to shorten it. A tip I got once is to be careful of the phrase "create hell on Earth." I was using it for a logline and found over a dozen others were too!

Darren Wrightson

Thanks for the great advice and you're right. I will have a fiddle with it when the time comes, well, once I get my studies out of the way. I'm glad you like it :) I'd love to read some of your work sometime, or better yet, see it on the screen :)

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