Southern Gothic by William Kuechenberg | Script Revolution

Southern Gothic

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New Orleans, 1865. A resurrected slave strikes a deal with the Voodoo god of death: kill the Confederate general who killed him. Succeed, and he is free. Fail, and he’ll never see his family again.
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Voodoo. Violence. Vengeance.

The Confederates have claimed victory. The Union army was crushed with the help of the mysterious general Harper Dixon.

Our story follows Brutus, a slave who killed his master and was executed by a Confederate raiding party led by General Dixon. They took his wife and child. Upon death, Brutus is greeted by Baron Samedi-- the Voodoo god of Death and Resurrection. Brutus strikes a bargain with him: kill Dixon, and his life is returned to him. Fail, and be damned forever. Brutus agrees.

When Brutus attempts to slit Dixon's throat, however, he realizes that he's fallen headlong into a game between gods, and the stakes are high. As the Confederates close in on a hidden town of escaped slaves in the swamps around New Orleans, Brutus must work with unlikely allies to save his family.

A resurrected slave with supernatural powers, a traitorous riverboat gambler with an enigmatic connection to Dixon, and a Voodoo High Priestess leading a secret city find themselves the only thing standing between the Confederate States of America and their goal of complete domination of North America.

Submitted: April 20, 2018
Last Updated: April 20, 2018

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The Writer: William Kuechenberg

Born into the wild wilderness of Northwest Indiana, I was above-average in all things academic and below-average in all things important. Having had my head filled with all manner of delusions of guaranteed success, I resolved to one day make my living creating the only things that made sense to me: film and television. This was, in retrospect, a rather foolish idea, and I should have instead tried for something more practical and easier to break into, like becoming the president or the first person to pitch a perfect game on Mars. I went to Indiana University of Bloomington, the finest collegiate institution that was willing to give me a discount. I got two degrees: one in Film Analysis,... Go to bio

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