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Michelle's Griffin

After a bad breakup, a local delivery driver tries to move on by dating his tattoo artist but between secrets revealed about his ex-girlfriend and claims of witchcraft by his new girlfriend, he is now being pushed towards a horror he is unable to stop.

  • Roberto Alvarenga
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Writer Biography - Roberto Alvarenga

Roberto Alvarenga grew up in the Bronx, New York. He is the eldest son of Mauricio Alvarenga and Alice Toro, a very caring and hardworking couple from El Salvador and Puerto Rico respectively. Growing up in the ’80s, Roberto’s parents worked hard to make ends meet so escape from the harsh landscape of the city came when Mauricio took Roberto and his two younger brothers to the local movie theater on the weekends. It was then that the films from such directors as Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, and Rob Reiner, inspired Roberto to learn more about filmmaking. Convinced he had to get a traditional education to achieve financial success in business, Roberto graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and in 2001 a Master’s Degree in Business Administration but the love for films never left him. Two years after finishing his MBA program, he enrolled in New York Film Academy for a summer certification program to learn about screenwriting. He wrote his first screenplay during slow shifts working at a gym part-time. That screenplay was not very good but it would ignite a 10-year writing journey that produced several short scripts, a few feature screenplays, and a couple of nondescript short films. Roberto became enamored with the horror genre, drawing new inspiration from the works based on authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz as well as films by John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick. In 2015, His screenplay THAT NIGHT AT THE BAR was a quarterfinalist in The Blue Cat Screenplay Competition. In 2016, Roberto returned to school at Southern New Hampshire University for his second master’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. In 2020, Roberto's short horror screenplay MICHELLE'S GRIFFIN placed in the quarterfinals of the Killer Short Horror Screenplay Competition. Roberto writes horror stories that combine the supernatural with fantasy and gore. Roberto aspires to become the next Guillermo Del Toro. Roberto currently lives in New City, New York with his wife Samantha and their baby daughter, Ellie.

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Writer Statement

I truly did not appreciate the profound concepts offered in the classic tale The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson until fairly recently and for that, I have put myself behind the proverbial eight-ball. While completing my Master’s degree online program, I had the pleasure to finally read this story. Shocked that I haven’t read it to this point in my life? That makes two of us. It is especially surprising for a writer that wants to write memorable horror stories but it is what it is. As I was reading the last few passages of the strange tale, I was amazed by how much of what I knew of the story was tainted by pop culture’s interpretation. Hyde was never some savage that went on some mindless rampage. Jekyll was never some Bruce Banner type that fell victim to his own alchemy. It turns out that Hyde was who Jekyll really was inside. A wild passionate mongrel that wanted to live on the edge without the restraints of society’s law and order. Hyde is the persona he hid from everyone in order to live how he really wanted. Without the whole murder aspect, this newfound understanding has made me appreciate the persona I have chosen to finally reveal to everyone.