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The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry

Conflicted in his faith, a narcissistic heart surgeon's near-death experience lands him in hell and given a second chance, transforms him from saver of mortal lives to saver of lives eternal.



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DR. JOHN DANTRY (46), is a gifted heart surgeon; well respected for his skill in the operating room, though not at the patients’ bedside.

Raised a devout Christian, John has lost his faith. When he belittles an elderly patient about her Heavenly near-death experience, his life takes a rapid downward turn. His mother succumbs to cancer after making a final unsuccessful attempt to secure John’s salvation. John then initiates a harsh exchange with PASTOR DAVID HELTON (45), casting a dark shadow over his mother’s funeral. Finally, John and girlfriend, DEANNA (36), suffer a horrific car accident on the way home from the funeral. Deanna dies and John suffers multiple serious injuries, including a mangled hand that could end his career as a surgeon.

Pastor Helton’s visit to John’s hospital room to deliver news about Deanna triggers heart failure…and John’s descent into hell.

John quickly experiences hell as advertised; hot, dry and a place where teams of huge demons are drawn to the agonized screams of pain and anguish from the eternally lost; dropping down on them to inflict horrific abuse on their bloodless bodies.

While stumbling through the rubble-filled passageways, corridors and chambers, John meets CYNTHIA BRODY (30’s), another recent arrival. Also a fallen believer, Cynthia recognizes her fate…the reality of hell. But in John, she senses that he may be suffering a darker form of near-death experience. Motivating Cynthia’s desire to believe in John’s “dream”, is the unsaved family she has left behind; a materialistic husband and two spoiled and unappreciative teenagers. She hopes John can deliver a message back to her family before it’s too late.

John is faced with his own reality when he painfully endures encounters with loved ones from both distant—his father—and recent—Deanna—past. But he soon experiences a final encounter with the one entity who can grant him redemption.

John awakens back in the hospital where he vows to change his ways and make amends for his past behavior. And he seeks to fulfill Cynthia’s wish that he contact her family before they, too, suffer her eternal fate.

Submitted: March 19, 2020
Last Updated: March 1, 2022

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The Writer: Michael Hogan

Michael William Hogan was an accomplished advertising and marketing executive when he made a career decision to leave corporate life in pursuit of success as a screenwriter. While he never stopped honing the craft, his plan was altered for several years as he attended to serious health issues with his wife. By 2019, he again was free to fully-dedicate his time to the new profession. He wrote and polished numerous feature and short scripts; submitting several to competitions as one means of gauging their worth. That netted over 200 screenwriting awards in 2020/2021 and in January 2021 he directed “Breaking & Entering”, a provocative and edgy drama short based on his script that garnered... Go to bio
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