'The Estate' Chapter one: 'As Good a Beginning as Any' (A Fiction Podcast Pilot Script)

Down on her luck voice actor, Echo Wilson, must find her own voice when confronted with a malevolent force while investigating her favourite horror novelist’s death.
This script was a 'Top 5 Finalist' in Shore Scripts 'Fiction Podcast Contest'.

  • Lewis Carter
    Campfire Story, Royal, Showdown, The Graduation, The Glamorgan Strangler, Lifeline, Best Foot Forward
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    Podcast, Horror, Mystery, Fiction
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    United Kingdom
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Writer Biography - Lewis Carter

Lewis is an award-winning writer and indie filmmaker from South Wales. He has a master’s degree in Writing for Performance and publication from Leeds University, and in 2016, he made his directorial debut. His short films; 'Campfire Story', 'Royal', 'Showdown', 'Lifeline', and 'Best Foot Forward' have won numerous awards and been screened around the world. He was selected to direct the short film 'The Graduation' in 2019, which aired on BBC TWO as part of the prestigious It's My Shout scheme. His short stories have been published by the likes of; ‘Empty Sink’, ‘National Student’, ‘Literally Stories’, and 'The Other Stories Podcast'. His first original audio drama was commissioned in 2020. He is currently writing an original stage play under commission. Lewis is also the Head Writer/Producer at the award-winning video production company, Fine Rolling Media.

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Writer Statement

The Estate is envisioned as a horror-mystery novel in the vein of a classic Stephen King tale—in the form of a podcast. Each episode will be designed to feel like a chapter of an overarching mystery—revealing just enough to pique listeners’ interest while asking more questions as Echo’s story unfolds.
The story will be presented as a series of first-person voice recordings as Echo investigates the death of the infamous horror novelist, Joseph Kurtz. These recordings bring her into contact with our supporting cast: the standoffish inhabitants of the secluded village of, Hafan Dêg (Fair Haven in English). A picturesque village owned by, ‘The Estate’. Additional recordings from the perspective of Echo’s jaded producer, Harriet Barraclough, add depth to the story and set the stage for a climactic conclusion in which both Kurtz and Echo’s fates are revealed to be intertwined.