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Script Sample from Franchise Horror Feature ‘FEAR EVERYTHING’



Logline: A young woman finds her friends’ fears being turned into terrifying reality and tries to find the courage to defeat the demon that’s doing it — a demon she brought here.

Tone: “Alien” meets “Nightmare on Elm Street.”



The rituals you are about to see were merely inspired by
those used in real life.
Actual demonic rituals are not portrayed in this film in order
to protect the filmmakers.

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The following was given the green light from then-editor Denny O’Neil. The idea? What if the Arkham Asylum lunatics from Batman had to fight the Aliens? Awesome, yes? But I needed help to pitch. At that time, some years back now, writing up treatments was NOT my strength (As the man once said, “I’m much better now.”). I asked a veteran writer w/whom I had become friendly — David Michelinie (the guy who created Venom and gave Tony Stark a drinking problem). Lucky us, DC was owed 1 Dark Horse/DC team-up.

David thought it was a great idea, save for one problem: Dark Horse has a rule: All Aliens stories must take place in outer space. So I wrote back: “Easy fix. An unreliable narrator. Maybe it DID take place in space.” And we were off!

From there we wrote up a list of NEW Arkham characters — fodder for the Aliens to kill and maim. I think we cut their names from the final (below), but some included Doc Feces & Don Wand.

Ahem. Sooo, with you caught up and everything in place….

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X-Men Scripting Test

Some years back, an editor at Marvel Comics was impressed with script samples I sent. As a result, he asked I take a “scripting test.”

I received a Plot—the writers of Marvel Comics often write in plot summaries—and Artwork, and it’s my job to add Dialogue.  He informed me he liked what he saw…just before leaving Marvel forever (honestly, I can’t recall if he left or was laid-off or what).

Below are pages from the comic, sporting its ACTUAL script, accompanied by MY SCRIPT TEST pages. I was told to pick any scene or scenes I wanted to write, up to five pages 10 pages (see the other X-post for clarification).

The Xmen 70 covermain difference between comic books and picture books is that the latter merely describes what’s on a page (“See Jane Run!”; “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”), while comic books give INSIGHT into the images. So, when we see Peter Parker swinging over the city (i.e., Jane running), the caption might say “As our wily web-swinger careens across our fair Metropolis…” but then there’s insight: “…he wonders about his battle with the unscrupulous Scorpion!” Which, you know, is not shown visually. It’s usually in a thought bubble.

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X-Men test – part 2

More of the ol’ X-Men script sample as sent to me by a long-gone X-ed.

Now’s a good time to mention, I know nothing about these two new characters Dr. Reyes and Marrow. Neither was terribly likable, but I did my best. As far as the former of the two, I had NO clue what the Doc could do. The plot had no details (nor did the Internet at the time) save for something about a forcefield (mentioned in the previous X-post) but that was it. On the second page below, the final script indicates some other power—some kind of empathic ability it seems. But it’s unclear, and I just avoided any reference to her powers in my script sample as a result.

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Superman comics mini-series

Don’tcha just love a good title?



Born Identity

by K-Plan

When a couple of grandstanding politicos (and a none-too-bright NY Post columnist) were railing about a 6-page Superman story — which, clearly, none of them had read in full — re: Superman’s citizenship, I decided to write the below project pitch.

It seemed to me, the best response to the Superman “renouncing his citizenship” nonsense was to change the dialogue. In the story, Superman is the leader, the beacon. His relationship with the U.S. is, fittingly (and metaphorically), strained. This out-of-continuity mini is approached with the complexity of a political thriller, told, like a film, in 3 acts, with Superman in a real-life world which is still part of the DCU.

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72 People I’ve Met on the Subway — stories 5 & 13

The following are true stories of experiences on NYC subways, buses, etc. They are from my currently unpublished book 72 People I’ve Met On The Subway.

If you don’t laugh, I will refund your money & then  come to your house and tickle you to make up for it.


5. !#@* #a$ #!%@$

I got on the train at what was the first (and last) stop on this line. There were about seven or eight people in the car.

The seat I chose was next to another 30-something. He was wearing a Mets baseball cap and slowly downing a diet soda.

And he made this noise as he looked at me: “Ep!”

I thought perhaps he was being, in some way I could not comprehend, funny.

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