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Don Roff

Don Roff

Award-winning author Don Roff has written nearly 20 books, primarily scary, for children and adults. His bestselling books include Werewolf Tales, Terrifying Tales, Ghost Hauntings: America’s Most Haunted Places published by Scholastic, and Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection published by Chronicle Books/Simon & Schuster UK, and Snowblind from Brambleberry Books (in pre-production for an adapted film). His book, Clare at 16, will be available in late 2019; the adapted film will star Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale) as the eponymous Clare. He has won several awards for his screenwriting, including the 2006 PNWA Zola Award for Screenwriting. He first discovered Save the Cat! in 2008 when he wrote Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection, which he attributes to its ongoing success. Roff served in the 3rd Ranger Battalion in Fort Benning, Georgia. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. His darkly humorous and suspenseful radio anthology, Darkside Drive, is available as a podcast on iTunes. Visit him on his website, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook — and buy Snowblind on Amazon.

Connective Tissue: Finding the Mirror Beats in Your Story

By on August 30, 2019 in About the Beats, Tips and Tactics, Tools with 6 Comments
Connective Tissue: Finding the Mirror Beats in Your Story

Discover the symmetry that’s happening within your story’s framework.

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Care for Your Scares

By on July 26, 2019 in Tips and Tactics, Tools with 4 Comments
Care for Your Scares

Here are prompts—and beat sheets—to help make your scary script as scary as possible.

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The Conjuring Beat Sheet

By on June 28, 2019 in Beat Sheets, Monster In The House with 7 Comments
<i>The Conjuring</i> Beat Sheet

We break down the movie that started the franchise.

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Lights Out Beat Sheet

By on April 12, 2019 in Beat Sheets, Dude With A Problem with 6 Comments
<i>Lights Out</i> Beat Sheet

Is it possible to get primal and scary in a little over two minutes?

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Candyman Beat Sheet

By on February 28, 2019 in Beat Sheets, Monster In The House with 0 Comments
<i>Candyman</i> Beat Sheet

The beats for this chilling supernatural horror film will hook you.

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Psycho Beat Sheet

By on January 25, 2019 in Beat Sheets, Monster In The House with 1 Comment
<i>Psycho</i> Beat Sheet

A Monster, a House, and a Sin: Welcome to the Bates Motel — and a motion picture classic.

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Gremlins Beat Sheet

By on December 28, 2018 in Beat Sheets, Monster In The House with 2 Comments
<i>Gremlins</i> Beat Sheet

See how the creature feature falls squarely into the Save the Cat! MITH genre.

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Hereditary Beat Sheet

By on November 30, 2018 in Beat Sheets, Monster In The House with 4 Comments
<i>Hereditary</i> Beat Sheet

Check out the story beats of what many critics have claimed is the most terrifying film of 2018.

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The Haunting Book/Movie Beat Sheet Comparison – The Movie

By on October 26, 2018 in Beat Sheets, Monster In The House with 8 Comments
<i>The Haunting</i> Book/Movie Beat Sheet Comparison – The Movie

See Blake Snyder’s story beats.

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The Haunting of Hill House Book/Movie Beat Sheet Comparison – The Book

<i>The Haunting of Hill House</i> Book/Movie Beat Sheet Comparison – The Book

The novel’s story beats

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