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Cavendish, Pepys, and the Zombie Kiss of 1666

Samuel Pepys, amateur scientist and Navy Secretary, has lost his wife, Elizabeth, to the London plague of 1666. Margaret Cavendish's anti-plague julep is a sure remedy for this scourge, but it requires generous amounts of Sam's blood. The plan is to employ Robert Boyle's pump to drain the poor Navy Secretary dry -- after Sam's carnality has been brought to a boil by the blandishments of Aphra Behn and others. Elizabeth Pepys, looking much the zombie, rides to the rescue of her beleaguered husband and a flurry of neck biting ensues, ending in a relaxing evening at the famed Hell Fire Club.

  • James Fitzmaurice
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  • International Independent Film Awards

    Award Winner
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival
    Hollywood, CA
  • Rocky Mountain International Film Festival
    Silverthorne, Colorado
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Encino, CA
  • Hollywood Forever Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    December 8, 2019
    Quarter Finalist
  • NYC Indie Film Awards
    New York City
    September 21, 2019
  • Marina Del Rey Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    October 16, 2019
  • LA Live Film Fest

    November 1, 2019
  • Florence Film Awards
    August 3, 2019
    Florence, Italy
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence, Italy
    August 3, 2019
Writer Biography - James Fitzmaurice

James Fitzmaurice, Emeritus Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, Honorary Fellow at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Retirement writing: "Barack Obama Remembers a Young Poet" and "Margaret Cavendish, Virginia Woolf, and The Cypriot Goddess Natura" (performed in Nicosia at the CVAR Museum in April of 2017). Producer - "The Farce of the Fisherman," performed in Nicosia at the CVAR Museum in March of 2018.

Additional pre-retirement activities: Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University 1983; Guest Professor, University of Tuebingen, 1986; Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, 1996.

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Writer Statement

For this short, think Ben Elton's "Upstart Crow" meets "Young Frankenstein."