A friend of mine is working on this work of fiction. I haven’t read much of it, but I did read the chapter outline. I wasn’t wild about his earlier work (movie reviews), but I really enjoyed this chapter outline. He has a BA degree in English from South Carolina State University. He has given the work to a professor who has published several novels and the professor liked it.
This work has “pulp” elements, but I like it anyway, though I am not much into pulp stuff. To me, this seems like it is publishable. It is at least as good as a lot of the pulp stuff out there and maybe even better.
Each novelette is 17,500 words or 70 pages.
Perhaps you are wondering what the limits are for various forms of fiction. Here they are, approximately:
- Short-short story – 1-8 pages (under 2,000 words)
- Short story – 8-30 pages (2,000-7,500 words)
- Novelette – 30-70 pages (7,500-17,500 words)
- Novella – 70-160 pages (17,500-40,000 words)
- Novel – 160 pages+ (40,000 words+)
Feel free to offer any comments on it.
SEASON ONE: GOLD STAR RISING (1-22)
Welcome to North Hill, South Carolina. In the day it’s a glitzy city and a cheap vacation spot. At night it’s ruled by criminals and cursed by darkness.
15-year-old Jonah Singleton is an angst-ridden petty thief, running with a group of misfits who steal for profit under their friend Bert. One night Jonah’s life is forever changed when a harrowing encounter leaves him with the superhuman abilities of an otherworldly being. Soon Jonah’s amazing powers make him a local legend amongst the lowlifes and hoods, earning him the street name ‘Gold Star’ and driving Bert away.
But Bert’s not going away quietly. He quickly resurfaces as ‘King Bloodlust,’ having gained demonic powers of his own, and conscripts nearly all the gangs in the city on a vengeful crusade against Jonah. Meanwhile, Jonah’s aura affects his closest friends, granting them unique gifts of their own. Selena (‘Daughter Nature’) Reiner gains the ability to control and become the four elements; David (‘Duck’) Morris can download information into his brain simply by tapping books and computers; and Steve (‘Seeker’) James can psychically locate any object or person he’s touched.
With war brewing and the lives of Jonah’s family and friends at stake, he must seek out allies for the coming conflict and learn what it means to be a ‘hero’ before everything he knows is lost. Along the way he’ll fall in love, and of course, eat plenty of Slim Jims.
1. EPISODE ONE: “The Lost Ones”
(1). I Am…
(2). The Lost Ones
(3). The Super Feedbag Raid
(4). The Price of Power
(5). By These Hands
EPISODE TWO: “Origins.”
(1). The Altercation
(3). The Test of Wits
(4). The Test of Silence
(5). The Operation
EPISODE THREE: “On Becoming a Legend”
(2). Backseat Tiger
(3). The Legend Begins
(4). Healing Hand
(5). The Legend Spreads
(6). Hot and Heavy
EPISODE FOUR: “Rescue.”
(1). [Bert] Inauguration
(2). The Really Lost Ones
(3). Paying the Rent
(5). Pro Bono Rescue
(6). Highway to Hell
(7). Comfort Food
(8). [Bert] Succession
(9). Light and Pain
EPISODE FIVE: “Fixing the Hurt”
(1). Story of the Year
(2). [NHPD] New Assignment
(3). The Man in the Woods
(4). Control Freak
(5). Carry On Wayward Son
(6). [NHPD] New Lead
(7). The Incredibly Strange Zombies Who Became Mixed Up Creatures
(8). Who’s Your Daddy?
(9). [????] Problem Child
EPISODE SIX: “Touch.”
(1). [Duck] Nerds, Dummies and Mutants
(2). [Duck] The Accidental Scholar
(3). [Duck] David: Portrait of a Serial Book Toucher
(4). [Duck] It’s a Date
(5). [Duck] Dip into Darkness
EPISODE SEVEN – “It’s Elemental”
(1). [Selena] The One about the Preacher’s Daughter
(2). [Selena] A Very Reiner Thanksgiving
(3). [Selena] Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, Heart
(4). [Selena] Daughter Nature Rising
(5). [Selena] Good Girls Don’t…
(6). [Selena] …But I Do.
(7). [Bloodlust] Vetoed
EPISODE EIGHT: “Seeker.” (Incomplete)(1). [Steve] Brain Synergy
(5). [Steve] The Girl, the Park, and Other Things
(6). [The True Coming] Hands of an Angry God
Episode 9. “Three Shades of Red”
Episode 10. “Race.”
Episode 11. “The 1.44 MB Nuke Adventure”
Episode 12. “Beating.”
Episode 13. “Old Scars”
Episode 14. “Closer.”
Episode 15. “King Bloodlust’s Court: A Winter Rumble”
Episode 16. “Vigilante.”
Episode 17. “The Virgin Surgeon”
Episode 18. “Prelude.”
Episode 19. “The Knightfall Effect”
Episode 20. “Equalizer.”
Episode 21. “The Pure Light”
Episode 22. “Goodbye.”
SEASON TWO – LAST SACRIFICE (23-44)
Bloodlust has been beaten and the Red Deaths all subsequently exorcized. But in the aftermath, North Hill is far from safe. While Selena struggles with her near-death experience and Jonah deals with his family and personal life, Duck finishes ingesting The Book of Last Remnants, and the truth he reveals spells out even worse trouble for Team Gold. Now Jonah must face off against Master Vel, the man behind the Bloodlust Curtain—a demon whose death could mean the deaths of everyone.
Episode 23. “Cruel Summer”
Episode 24. “Words.”
Episode ? “Final Phase”
SEASON THREE – EQUILIBRIUM
Selena heads off to college, and with her boyfriend Jonah still in high school that can only mean one thing: an inevitable breakup. But Team Gold will need each other more than ever this time. With Master Vel out of commission and Etea slaughtered, The Order of the True Coming is, to put it bluntly, not happy with Jonah and company. For that matter, neither are the ever-watching dark gods, who have an agenda of their very own.
Open war is declared on Team Gold from two fronts; further complicating matters is that Etea has thrown the positive/negative energy spectrum off-balance, turning North Hill into a beacon for paranormal activity as it attracts the remaining Last Remnants. As the True Coming searches for a final solution to bringing down the Barrier, and poltergeists, curses, and exactly one vampire make life for North Hill a living Hell, Team Gold makes a pact in the midst of the chaos: to expel the dark gods once and for all, at the understood risk of breaking the world apart.
Episode ? “There Will Only Be One…”
Episode ? “There Went My Hero”
Episode ? “Expulsion.”
Episode ? “Purity Ring”
SEASON FOUR – DISPLACEMENT
A crucial moment of truth that could change the course of Jonah’s life forever is interrupted when he is stabbed in the back with a magic knife and snatched from his dimension by a foppish, green-skinned creep. Now under direct control of The Hopper and with no discernible way to return home, Jonah has no choice but to be bounced through a series of incredibly oddball—and often quite poignant—parallel Earths.
Jonah’s final stop lands him in a dimension overrun by the Hell Realm, where he comes face to face with Abigail Braxton, a girl whose strength and abilities rival Jonah’s own. And not a moment too soon, either, for Abigail is on a collision course with destiny, her own world’s fate hanging in the balance. Fortunately for Gold Star and the Guardian, hope appears in the form of a legendary sword with power of cosmic proportions.
Episode ? “Sister Golden Hair”
Episode ? “The Guardian and the Gold Star”
Episode ? “Heavenblade”
SEASON FIVE – CONTAMINATION
Jonah returns to his Earth for a bittersweet reunion. But following close behind him is the Heavenblade, and following close behind that is a confused Abigail…and serious complications. Before Jonah can wash his hands of a love triangle he never intended, the Multiverse is thrown into its darkest hour. An existence-destroying force known only as ‘The Corruption’ has been sprung free of its prison. Its ultimate target: the Chrysalis, a pillar that binds all that is and all that could be together. Doom approaches faster than Jonah can prepare, but with the Pure Light lost and the Heavenblade exhausted, our hero is backed into a corner as the ground literally vanishes beneath his feet.
The bells have rung and the carpet has rolled out for the final battle. This time all creation is at stake. Failure means not only the end of existence, but the possibility that existence could ever bloom again. Do the good guys always get a happy ending?
Episode ? Sharp Edges
Episode ? Transfer. (Final episode.)