I have been asked by people who enjoy my philosophical writings whether I do fiction. The answer is “Yes.” I’ve written short stories, have outlined several novels with a number of chapters being completed, and written both feature film and TV series treatments. As a solstice gift I now begin offering some of my fiction for your reading pleasure. It spans work from decades ago to recently crafted tales and the first two postings show that timespan. These are presented as PDF files and the copyrights belong exclusively to me. They may not be reproduced or reprinted elsewhere without my permission.
If you enjoy any of my work, I always enjoy gifts of appreciation and I have two Amazon.com lists for that purpose:
May you find something herein to enjoy!
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
• Short Story: “The Ties That Bind”
This is a sample chapter from my unfinished novel “Undead in the U.S.A.” There are more chapters and an outline for this and two follow-up novels. Written back in the 1980s, it was first published in a vampire fiction ‘zine. My vampires are fairly old school, not in the least romantic, and much of the action for this book’s present is set in New York City.
This chapter includes a rather graphic sex scene, so it is intended for adults only. If you access, read or download this piece you are stating that you are legally of age to read such material which may contain content that some users might find objectionable and is intended for a mature person. It must not to be accessed by anyone under the age of 18 (or the age of consent in the jurisdiction from which it is being accessed).
• Film Treatment: “Beyond Prometheus”
I quite enjoyed the possibilities offered by Ridley Scott’s ALIEN prequel which set my mind in motion with thoughts for where things could go to eventually bring us around to the opening of the original film. I read one of the early drafts for the finished film, which purposely left much open to speculation. I’ve offered possible answers.
Scott had mentioned in interviews that in addition to doing a sequel to BLADE RUNNER that he thought of his ALIEN and PROMETHEUS as being in the same fictional universe, hence I brought aspects of the replicants into my plot. Additionally, I’d read that Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Lovecraft’s novella “At the Mountains of Madness” had been scrapped since both films would deal with the idea that an alien species was the creator of humanity, so I riffed off of some of Lovecraft’s ideas in this proposal for two films to follow. And some might enjoy how I’ve referenced one of my favorite films: FORBIDDEN PLANET.
This is a rather rough presentation of plot concepts intended as an initial field of ideas for more detailed development. It is not in any way a completed screenplay, so the writing is not polished. I’ve shared this with a number of friends who enjoy science fiction who thought I took things in interesting directions. It will be intriguing to see what finally emerges from Scott and his creative team.