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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

Thirteen Steps to the Attic
To join the cool girls at her school, Emily must knock on an attic door and ask to be let in by whatever entity resides there.
Short Horror For sale 5pp
2 readers love this script
Bike Wreck 1978
An eight-year-old bicyclist wobbles his way into trouble.
Short Comedy For sale 2pp
2 readers love this script
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
2 readers love this script
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
2 readers love this script
Flee This Room
Jay's new girlfriend brings him to a room of cultists who favor boy bands and meat cleavers.
Short Horror For sale 12pp
1 reader loves this script
The Potato Chip Man
The kids who taunt an old man find out that he has extra sharp teeth.
Short Horror For sale 4pp
1 reader loves this script
Onion Witch
A man must retrieve his wife's soul from a witch--or else.
Short Horror For sale 10pp
1 reader loves this script
Bike stunts, booming fireworks, and a blowtorch are part of a family’s wild Fourth of July.
Short Comedy, Drama, Family For sale 13pp
1 reader loves this script
The quarantine for a deadly virus is over, but the trouble has just started for a man keeping his bizarre family on permanent lockdown.
Short Horror For sale 6pp
Evil E.
Lynn impulsively picks up a homemade ghoul statue—Evil E.—from the curbside trash and finds herself in a race for her life against ruthless Satanists seeking ancient secrets.
Feature Horror For sale 84pp