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T V   B I B L E S

Feature: “ARK & CRUCIBLE”


Genre: Drama

Global war gives men — and women — a clean slate.

Devastation wracks the globe as the luxurious Pacific Swan docks at the poor Canadian town of Spatsizi, throwing the lives of both passengers and townies into chaos. The ship’s officers flee and inexperienced Lenox must take command. As supplies dwindle, Hector, an ambitious waiter, opens a black market. On shore, corrupt Mayor Abitibi battles feisty bar owner Grace and the female-majority residents for control. Chief Anna Skybear and the matriarchal aborigines pit ship against shore in their bid for power.

Beneath it all, three women plot a new world order.

The Pacific Swan did not dock in Spatsizi by happenstance, but rather preordination. Chief Skybear, Mayor Abitibi and shipping heir Cordelia Swann knew that war was coming. They soon pull Lenox, Hector and Grace into a web of hidden military installations, propagation experiments and secret gold reserves that will either destroy their fragile peace or spark the building of a new nation.

Women may well inherit the earth — what will they do with it?

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S C R E E N P L A Y S

Feature: “CROSSING THE RED LINE”


Genre: Drama

Adam kills his father. His mother takes the fall to save his career.

Adam Cooley — a closeted hockey player with NHL potential — covers up their secret, joins the semi-pro Soo Greyhounds and sets his sights on the NHL Draft. When the league hires ambitious Beverly Haines to film a documentary about the Hound’s season, Adam struggles to steer the narrative away from himself as Beverly scours the team for dirt.

Secrets — like sexual urges — are rarely buried for long.

Adam denies his clandestine relationship with Sante, the team rookie, and Beverly’s manipulation for rating’s sake leads to violence — Sante, crippled and left for dead. Adam can no longer hide — he comes out, admits his role in his father’s death and goes to prison.

Adam realizes he never wanted an NHL career — just a soul mate. But will Sante take him back?

– – – – >    To read the first ten pages of this script, click HERE


Feature: “GREEN LIGHT RED LIGHT”


Genre: Horror

The thermostat is watching you. So is the Roomba.

On an island unplugged from civilization, G.A.L.E. — an aware and malicious Internet of Things (IoT) — runs everything as it scrutinizes the island’s self-involved owner, family and staff. Their gardener Liam masters GALE’s idiosyncrasies even as he fails to connect with Zeno, his friend with benefits and GALE’s maker.

When a spy introduces a virus, Liam and Zeno discover GALE unfettered. Accidents happen as GALE eliminates its obstacles — and the two men realize their hours are numbered. Zeno desperately tries to contain his creation. Liam wants to destroy it.

And GALE seeks escape to the mainland so it can infest the world.

Roombas become assassins. Staff and family die as GALE weaponizes the IoT against them — and the unspoken things between people die as well. GALE’s code now lives in every digital object. Zeno stumbles on the spy and wrecks GALE’s conveyance. Liam battles drones to gather survivors as he seeks Zeno. They must trap GALE on the island.

But GALE finds another carrier and kills the spy. Liam finds the mortally wounded Zeno and helps him destroy GALE’s backup servers — but never has the chance to confess his love. Liam rows out to sea with two bereft survivors. They think they are safe.

Computer chips run the most obscure objects, however, and GALE escapes with them.

– – – – >    To read the first ten pages of this script, click HERE


Feature: “HUMAN ANIMALS”


Genre: Thriller

Humans — one bad situation away from becoming animals.

Or so people-hating sociologist Kathleen Guerrero believes. She locks college students into a zoo enclosure for an Internet-deprivation experiment and expects them to regress into primitive beings. So does racist opportunist Babylon Fisk, who breaks open her closed study and broadcasts it to the Internet for profit.

When Kathleen tries to end the experiment, Babylon traps her inside of it.

Students start dying and online revenue skyrockets. Can she save them? Will she? When Kathleen discovers that Babylon engineered the murders, she fights to escape, coerces the students, searches for an ally — but Babylon parries every move in order to preserve his cash cow. As the students descend into feral packs, Kathleen’s only hope for survival is to rediscover her belief in people and help the students end Babylon’s profit-fueled bloodletting.

If she fails, Babylon will kill them all as the Internet watches.

– – – – >    To read the first ten pages of this script, click HERE


Feature: “THE WANTING WELL”


Genre: Horror

Has your internal monologue ever told you to kill?

Brendan suspects that senator Joan Cannon drove his brother insane and sneaks into her campaign entourage to prove it. When Joan’s campaign bus dies at an abandoned farm, an alien voice infests the thoughts of her bare-bones press corps and Brendan stumbles upon its source: an ancient creature in a well capable of granting any wish — for a price.

Brendan fends off the creature’s suggestions, but others follow them to pleasure, possession and murder.

As the creature feeds on the weak-minded, Brendan races to collect the survivors and escape the farm. But the creature strengthens with every death and its suggestions become unbearable torture — healing a sister’s cancer; elevating a senator to President; or making an insane brother whole again. The price: death.

Is Brendan willing to pay that price, or will his own thoughts drive him insane?

– – – – >    To read the first ten pages of this script, click HERE


Feature: “INNOCENCE DIES AT MIDNIGHT”


Genre: Thriller

“You’re the school bully. There ain’t a kid here who would follow you.”

Armed students take over the homecoming dance and Oliver, the school bully, spars with both his captors and the students he brutalized. The kindly janitor Mr. June reveals himself to be the plot’s mastermind and arms a bomb to incinerate the entire student body.

Oliver sees an evil greater than himself — and now the bully needs some allies.

As Mr. June frames him as the fall guy, Oliver lobbies his former victims.  Doubters join him and his closest ally betrays him, but Oliver ultimately kills Mr. June and his henchmen.  Still, 200 students remain imprisoned with a bomb that detonates at midnight.

The bully is free — to abandon his classmates or sacrifice his life to save them.

– – – – >    To read the first ten pages of this script, click HERE


Feature: “FERRARIS AT TWENTY PACES”


Genre: Dramedy

Abusing reporters is Galileo Franconi’s favorite pastime — and interviewing him is Bob’s first magazine assignment.

Underemployed mechanic Bob Martinez lies to secure his dream job — writing for Motor Trend magazine — and must plunge into the wealth and privilege of Pebble Beach to snag a career-making interview with the notorious race car driver Franconi.

And Bob faces unscrupulous competition.

Sandy Petersen needs that interview to bolster a reputation tainted by plagiarism; Bob needs it to avoid foreclosure and regain the respect of his son.

Will Bob win this race against Sandy amid the Ferrari set? Or will Franconi crush Bob before he writes his first word?

– – – – >    To read the first ten pages of this script, click HERE


B L O G S

Athlete OUTpost, a short-lived blog published by GForce Sports, examined the sports world from a gay perspective. I posted the following essays on the blog:

A Day in Dachau
Corduroy Day
Holy Gridiron, Batman

Some Day, They’re Gonna Run


E S S A Y S

I also wrote this essay about the various cars I’ve owned during my life. As a guy with zero interest in cars other than as a way to get from here to there — and considering that this essay was published in the newsletter for a gay car club — you could say that I have a unique perspective.

Essay: A Widow’s Walk


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