Melanie McDonald is a native of Arkansas who now lives in Delaware. She received a Hawthornden Fellowship for Eromenos, a novel about Antinous and Hadrian. Her stories and poems have appeared in various journals. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas. She enjoys wine, cheese, and cats.
RELICTS OF WEIRWORLD
When the Sunfleet Vessel Felicity, knocked off course by a solar flare, crash-lands on the nearest planet, her crew discovers that most of the indigenous Weiren people identify as female, and the Weiren leader refuses to acknowledge the male ship captain's authority. Pandemonium ensues. (P.S. In case of interest: This script's registered with WGA East, 5/1/2015 until 5/1/2025; Reg.#1275905)
In Civil War-era Washington, gloves and fans are ladies' weapons of choice, and every cut wounds like a sword. Free Black woman Madame Elizabeth Keckly, whose couture creations rival Worth's of Paris, observes firsthand the rivalries and machinations between clients including Mary Todd Lincoln, Kate Chase, Varina Davis and other society doyennes as the country is torn by war. (This work originated as a play, submitted to Ford's Theatre in 2008, but easily could be adapted as a screenplay; after all, any seamstress worth her salt can always rip out a few seams and re-sew them. My own original research yielded the variant "Keckly" as opposed to "Keckley"; I will yield to any actual historians regarding the correct spelling.)
THEY SHRED BY NIGHT: WEREWOLF SURFER GIRLS OF SLAUGHTER BEACH
Being a teenage girl is hard. Being a teenage werewolf is harder. Meanwhile, several bully-boy surfers turn up dead on the beach. (Short film spec script.)
THE NIGHT DOCTOR
When the man who accidentally shot an immigrant veterinarian's wife and daughter back in Mexico turns up in his clinic in Tucson, the vet must choose between his desire for vengeance and the need to do what's right for a fellow (illegal) immigrant.
YOUR MOM SUCKS
When a community college women's studies professor and her skateboarder son realize the new film studies professor and her ward are vampires, they must convince their friends and neighbors of the awful truth before they're all invited over for dinner.
When a winemaker renowned in both Napa Valley and Italy turns up dead, a burned-out reporter and a widowed detective must join together to unravel the circumstances behind his murder.
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