Mary Shelley's American Nightmare:
A Monstrous Affair
by Christopher Harmon
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The Script in One Sentence:
Upon visiting America, young 18th-century authoress Mary Shelley
learns all too well how to craft a Frankenstein-like monster, setting
the stage for the construction of one of the most famous and popular
novels in history.
Legendary British author and mother of the
Thriller genre, Mary Shelley, and her beloved man servant Adamly visit
Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and expect to find the Utopia they have
read about in the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
Instead they are shocked at the cruelty and brutality of slavery.
After Shelley falls captive to mad scientist Victor Franklin (the
illegitimate son of Ben Franklin), he decapitates Adamly in order to
combine the man's intellectual powers with the power of lightning to
create an artificial man: the monster. The idea backfires, though, when
Mary and Adamly turn the tables on the teacher, giving him a lesson he'll
not soon forget about playing around with playing God. Shelley
returns to Europe and goes on to pen her cult-horror classic based upon
her eye-opening experiences in America.
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Often using the penname, DarkMark Twain, Christopher Harmon--much like the
original Twain--uses a mix of action and humor to address matters of
social importance. Born in Buffalo NY, and being snowed in often, the
author's diversity of reading material included Alex Haley, Stephen King,
Dick Gregory, MAD Magazine, The Gospel, and Playboy.
While in New York, Harmon received a B.A. in Communication from the
University of Buffalo, after which he escaped the extreme snow for the
extreme heat of Phoenix, AZ. His writing has blossomed there, where
he is now aided by a wife and two children.
Harmon's screenplays include Rebuilding the Soul, The REAL Monsters,
Mary Shelley's American Nightmare, Red Thunder, The Ghost of the Dragon,
Rocking Jerusalem, Blitz of the Black Wolf, and Deliver the Word
(in progress). He has also written a teleplay, The Simpsons: The
Predator vs. Shaft, and published several articles and short stories.
In addition, he is winner of the Diversity Award (Scripts Division), and
he placed in the quarterfinals in the Chesterfields; semifinals in Maui,
and finals in the Asian-American Media Dev. Award. He also wrote and
directed a training video for the State Employees of Arizona.
Anticipated Market for this Script:
This story will appeal to anyone with a penchant for quirky, offbeat
historical horror, filled with humor and wit.
This script can be produced well within modest budgetary constraints.
It's the perfect project for everything from a made-for-television
original movie or a PBS series anchor to a full-length feature. This
is an excellent showcase and a lively vehicle for either established or