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Short Story Being Adapted to Film

August 19, 2013

YellowBrix

Hell will be on Earth when a local writer's short story takes to the screen.

WLGC Radio host Mark Justice writes fiction in his spare time. His book "Looking at the World with Broken Glass in my Eye," published by Graveside Tales, contains the short story "Hell is a Lonely Street," which caught the eye of a local filmmaker.

Jason Jenkins, better known as "Jinx" to his friends, first read Justice's work in Dark Discoveries, a magazine of short horror stories.

"When I heard about 'Looking at the World with Broken Glass in My Eye,' his collection of short tales, I immediately picked it up and even reviewed it for a horror website I write for called dreadcentral.com," Jenkins said, noting the story "Hell is a Lonely Street" was special.

"'Hell is a Lonely Street' stood out in particular to this reader for its flawed yet fascinating hero, its creepy premise and its gutpunch of an ending," he said. "It's a fantastic story, and one I hope I can do it justice with my adaptation."

Justice said the short story is about "a good cop who's dedicated to bringing in the bad guys. He accidentally ends up in hell, which turns out to be bad news for hell and every evil soul in it."

He said a police drama inspired the story. "I wondered what it would be like if one of those super cops found himself in the worst possible place filled with the worst possible people," he said.

Jenkins, an assistant manager at Movies 10 in Ashland, said he has always been a fan of comics, horror movies and filmmaking and said this short film will be his first in many years. He said he's writing the film adaptation now and expects the first draft to be finished soon. He said the finished product will be shorter than 15 pages, which translates to about 15 minutes on screen.

"Once the first draft is finished, I will pass it along to Mark for his thoughts, do a script polish and then focus on gathering actors and crew, scheduling shooting days, etc." he said, adding the film will most likely be shot in the area.

"The bulk of the story will place it in one interior location, with some brief moments to be captured outside and hopefully within the city limits," he said.

Justice is looking forward to the filmmaking process. "Jason is a talented filmmaker and I'm excited to see his take on my story," he said, noting he would like to see some of his other short stories turn into short films, too.

Jenkins said he won't comment on when the project will be finished, but his goal is to complete it as soon as possible. He said he expects the film to be available online for viewing.

Jenkins said he's eager to get started making the film. "I'm very much looking forward to getting behind a camera again," he said.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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