The Second Beast

Alma's carefully planned life has been turned upside down. When she goes to see a spiritual healer, a dark entity takes over and gives her a new plan. She sets forth in getting rid of everything and everyone that will stand in the way of her fulfilling her destiny.

  • Deirdre Patterson
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  • 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Competition
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Silver Prize
  • 2014 13th Annual Filmmakers Screenwriters Awards

    Quarter Finalist
  • 2014 Screenplay Competition

    Semi Finalist
  • 2014 Circus Road Screenplay Contest
    Studio City, CA
    Semi Finalist
  • 2014 Shriekfest Screenplay Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    Quarter Finalist
  • 2014 International Independent Film Awards
    Encino, CA
    Silver Standing - Feature Screenplay
  • 2013 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship Contest
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Semi Finalist
  • 2019 Jumpstart Writing Competition
    Sherman, Oaks California
    September 19, 2019
    TOP 50
  • 2020 Cynosure Screenwriting Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 21, 2020
    Semi Finalist - Female Category
  • 2021 Red Flight Screenplay Awards
    March 15, 2021
    Semi Finalists
  • 2021 Summer Reno Tahoe Screenplay Contest
    Reno, Nevada
    November 20, 2021
  • 2022 ScreenCraft Horror Competition
    Hollywood, CA
    January 5, 2022
    Quarter Finalist
  • 2022 16th Annual Story Pros International Screenplay Contest
    Woodland Hills, CA
    November 25, 2022
    Quarter Finalist
  • 2022 Red Flight Screenplay Awards
    Philedelphia, PA
    December 20, 2022
  • 2021 The Academy Nicholl Fellowship
    Los Angeles, CA
    March 5, 2021
    First Round
  • 2023 Portland Screenplay Awards
    Portland, OR
    November 1, 2023
    Quarter Finalist
Writer Biography - Deirdre Patterson

Deirdre started writing at the age of fourteen with poems and short stories.
Her love of horror, thrillers, exploitation and dark comedies also started young with watching way too many 1970s exploitation, 1980s slasher and foreign films.
With a background in theater, mostly behind the scenes, Deirdre switched from short stories to writing staged plays. She has completed seven stage plays with topics ranging from a murder mystery set in the 1890s to an S/M themed, disco musical. Three of her plays are in her book, Ladies & Whores: Three Two Act Plays. Available on and
In 2005, Deirdre ventured into the world of screenwriting. All of her scripts have either won or placed highly in multiple screenwriting competitions.

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Writer Statement

I have a tendency to merge genres and my hope is to continue to write strong female roles, change the face of horror and have my words expressed both on stage and screen. Like every other writer, I am looking for a creative home.