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S C R E E N P L A Y S

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.

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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.

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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?

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B L O G S

Athlete OUTpost, a short-lived blog published by GForce Sports, examined the sports world from a gay perspective. Michael 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

Michael also wrote this essay about the various cars he’s owned during his 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 Michael has a unique perspective.

Essay: A Widow’s Walk


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