Rob Herzog

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Rob Herzog

My chief talent isn’t writing, it’s being afraid.
As a kid, I freaked out about spontaneous human combustion, killer bees, and the prospect of a bathtub shark attack. And the 3,600 miles between me and the Loch Ness Monster wasn’t nearly enough.
All of this youthful anxiety runs wild in my screenplays. Blame the neighborhood weirdo kid for setting me on this path. When I was six, he predicted that our neighborhood would be attacked by window ghouls. These ghouls supposedly would claw into our rooms and devour us all. Only those blessed with large dogs would survive, he said, because window ghouls hated them.
Two nights later, I imagined the ghouls at my window, clawing the screen. At this point, I dimly recalled the dog footnote, and made a haphazard survival attempt. Our family owned an 11-inch tall poodle named Doobie, who was talented only at peeing and free-form humping. He nocturnally whizzed on my toys, turning them acrid and tacky. His humps involved the nearest human leg. Doobie wasn’t the best candidate to ward off the ghouls, but he was, by definition, “a dog” and the last recourse. Into the night I called his name. C’mon Doobie. But he never responded. Either he was romancing my G.I. Joe or watering him down.
Sometimes it takes a man to do a dog’s work, so that’s what I did. I inched to the window and…barked—a stream of unconvincing arfs and growls.
This awakened my mother, a wonderful woman, but not somebody who tolerated nonsense. She told me to knock off the crap. So I did. As it turned out, the scratching window ghouls were just the shade rubbing against the screen. But the weird ideas never stopped, and here we are.
My first screenplay, With Monsters, has made the finals and semifinals of several screenplay competitions. Pencil Fight is my second script and it has started to make some contest noise too. Lots of other things in the works.

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Scripts By Rob

With Monsters
An online dater seeks companionship, but his childhood fears and boogeymen return at the worst possible time--while he's on his first (and possibly last) date.
Feature Horror For sale 93pp
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Sparkler
Bike stunts, booming fireworks, and a blowtorch are part of a family’s wild Fourth of July.
Short Comedy, Drama, Family For sale 13pp
Windows Wicked
An eight-year-old boy tries to outwit the visitor who is scratching at his window screen in the middle of the night.
Short Horror For sale 9pp
Pencil Fight
Things take an unexpected turn for a substitute teacher who is hit in the face with a pencil.
Short Drama For sale 11pp