Writing Samples

From a very early age I was blessed with supportive parents that believed literacy was the key to a strong future. As such, I was always reading. Once those paperback books started stacking up open on top of each other, pen and paper became my weapons of choice. I’ve amassed a personal library of short stories and novellas, as well as screenplays for short films and feature length projects.

Remember, a good writer reads twice as much as they write. Or at least that’s what I’m convinced of. Since we’re on the subject, visit my GoodReads profile!

Below are samples from various screenplays and short stories. Check back occasionally for new content. I’ll be uploading more soon, once I finish reading this book sitting next to me. Oh, and the other book under it…

Short Stories

Everything just kept snowballing pretty quickly. Bad things everywhere.

After a weekend of bunks emptying, people got the message. A lot of us felt the whole cut-off thing was only temporary, and eventually cooler heads prevailed and we could start agreeing that even if we couldn’t check our emails every day, it was better than not having a job anymore. I got worried when I started hearing rumours about outbursts and FoodCards suddenly just not working for a day or two. Even at Homeland Security’s worst though, they’re not going to starve people. We were Americans. They would never let us go hungry.

Then again, after the very last State of the Union address we had, the one that started “The Panic”, I really don’t put anything past them anymore. Once a government hits murder, then nothing is off the table anymore.

Liberty Wall

The seed for this short story was created during a semi-polite political argument over dinner one day back in 2005, where I was enjoying a short series of fine Martinis and discussing the idea of domestic isolationism. She had argued that the best way to keep us safe was to close the borders. My concern was if we closed the borders, we couldn’t get out anymore.

I would come back to this discussion every once in a while as I see more and more evidence of really scary things happening here in the political sphere in the US. Regardless of what political bent you have, the fact of the matter is this country has changed a lot over the years. I’m not making a statement with this story about what side of the fence I’m on (or maybe I am, if you’re that type of reader, and that’s okay too), I’m just trying to figure out what’s right here in front of me.

I’ve been told that this world I’ve written about is worth revisiting. And since I’ve been paying attention to what’s going on over the years, and I’ve had a few sleepless nights about it all, I’m sure I could continue this story. I’m just not sure how far down this path I want to look. I’d honestly write about zombie swarms or fistfights on hot air balloons. And while I love a story that takes place in a grim meathook future, I’m not sure if I can take myself seriously enough to pursue the idea of writing more dystopia speculative fiction.

Then again, maybe I have to.

Screenplays

Below is a *very* small sample of the screenplays I’ve written over the years. Most of them are horror and grindhouse, because that’s my thing, but the important part is they follow industry standards, they have pretty strong writing with believable characters and natural sounding dialogue, and if Shakespearean stuff is your thing, I usually kill off everyone by the end.

  • The First Wish (full)
    A viking warrior meets a witch deep in a forest, and poor choices are made.
  • Jackal (full)
    A woman turns to evil as her life is beset by loss and struggle during the apocalypse.
  • The Furnace (full)
    An unlikely band of outcasts do well together as they survive the end of the world. (Written as a “proof of concept trailer” for a zombie film festival. )
  • Day 7 (sample)
    Original story by Rick Lovett, this short horror film is a cross between Memento and Basketball Diaries as an addict tries to clean up his act as an alien terrorizes him.
  • The Carnival at Midnight (sample)
    Murderous brothers run away and join the circus as a vengeful spirit chases them.