Demonica by John Austin | Script Revolution


When her cousin is abducted by a sadistic killer, an art student reluctantly accepts a mysterious entity's gift of immense demonic power but fears losing herself to the darkness within.



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Bound and gagged, 12-year-old Monica Rothmore awakens in the back of a van. The next thing she remembers is walking down the street covered in her abductor's blood. At least, that's the story she told everyone.

Monica hears a voice. A voice that can spill the deepest, darkest secrets of strangers. A voice that can somehow help her cheat death. A voice that asks her to let it in. Now an adult, Monica remembers what happened to her abductor when she let the voice in. She worries about what it means for her. Was it solely the voice's work, or was it down to a darkness lurking inside her? While near-invincibility and vicarious omnipotence have their uses, she swears never again to use the full power the voice can grant - no matter how much it pushes.

However, when a sadistic murderer abducts one of the few people Monica cares for, and circumstances align to paint her as the perpetrator, Monica is left with a choice: let her cousin die, or let the voice back in.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

Finalist - Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival Screenplay Contest, 2021
Finalist - Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards, Fall 2021
Semifinalist - Industrial Scripts TITAN Awards, 2021

Submitted: November 11, 2021
Last Updated: November 17, 2021

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The Writer: John Austin

John is a 37-year-old writer from the United Kingdom. Having enjoyed some minor success several years ago with a handful of contest placements and the production of a short film script, Long Lost Father for the anthology film Follow: Tall Tales From a Small City (2014) , life, unfortunately, brought his fledgeling career to a screeching halt. Having spent most of his adult life as an unpaid carer for his adoptive mother, John is determined to overcome the obstacles he faces and try again. His love of stories in all their wonderful forms far outweighs the daunting prospect of starting from the basement level once again, and he approaches this new chapter in his life with optimism and a... Go to bio

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