Feature Film Video Pitch: Victims, by Don Thomas

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A crime novelist and serial killer who is struggling with thoughts of retiring from his murderous lifestyle stumbles into a terrifying turn of events connected to his violent past.

The story is about how evil is the snake that eternally devours itself. True evil does not fear good, it fears its own eventual consumption and annihilation by the greater evil that its actions spawn.

Why should people know this story?

It isn’t so much vampires, zombies, or hostile aliens that truly terrify us so much as the very real and tangible horror that possibly exists right down the street from where you live or outside your very window on any given day. This is why so many classic horror movies have their origin in the true life story of Ed Gein.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

I can describe it using only one word. VICTIMS

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V. It’s a motivational thing. Even the name of my comic book company is partially derived from the film. Red King Press. The Red King is the passionate king fully capable of rallying his allies using only words even in the very midst of the most undeniable despair.

How long have you been working on this story?

The heart of the story was originally a horror short story I wrote in the early 90’s. It is something I kept coming back to. Kept refining and rewriting.

How many stories have you written?

A lot. I have written a number of short stories, novels, comics, and screenplays.

What motivated you to write this story?

At first, it was a challenge. After reading several horror-themed short stories I had written, a friend suggested the inclusions of elements of erotica. The frank depiction of sexual themes. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I came up with the first draft. But even then there was something within the story that I found much more interesting. True unadulterated horror without the need for anything that wasn’t already available within the constraints of the real world.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My daughter, movies, swimming all day until all you can do is lie exhausted on the beach. Life is for the living and there are plenty of things to be passionate about.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

The sky is blue, water is wet, and writers write. The secret to becoming good at writing is to write, write, write, rewrite, write, rewrite, rewrite, write, write, get feedback from a reputable source, write some more, rewrite, write, and write some more. There are no shortcuts and not a single day goes by where there isn’t something you can learn that can lead to becoming a better writer.