Stanley Lombardo Screenplays - Imagining a Million Universes
About Me

I come from a long line of natural storytellers: my paternal grandfather was the village poet of Petra Prezzia, Sicily.  Born in Buffalo, NY, I hold a BA in English from SUNY Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Indiana University. Between college and grad school, I did a hitch in the U.S. Navy.  I've written novels, short stories, poetry, and technical manuals, but my true love is screenplays.  I teach at the university level; specialties include film studies, screenwriting, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. I'm a single father with an eleven-year-old son who gives every indication of carrying on the family tradition of storytelling.  In my infrequent spare time, I make knives, swords, armor, and arrows, as well as various other artifacts in wood, leather, and steel.  To relax, I ride my rescue thoroughbred, Paladin.

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 Last spring, with the crossover Science-Fiction Western Cowboys and Aliens nearing release, my agent advised me to novelize Paxton at Bosworth Field. I completed the novel in JAN 2012; naturally, the longer format and novel form enabled me to expand on the original characters and action, as well as to introduce new characters and episodes -- all of which contribute significantly to the story. Paxton at Bosworth Field is now available through Amazon or directly through me.  The link below will take you to Amazon's Paxton page, where you can read the five-star reviews it has garnered since its publication on 29 MAR 2012:

For those of you who input your reading material exclusively as pixels, the Kindle edition of Paxton at Bosworth Field is now available.

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With the gratifying success of Paxton at Bosworth Field, including high praise from fellow Ricardians who appreciated the historical accuracy of the novel, I launched into the sequel -- which turned out not to be Paxton versus the Armada (which is now a work in progress) but Paxton in the New World.  In 1486, with good King Richard III securely on the throne, Carter Paxton mounts an expedition to the New World, to bring horses to the Timucua Indians and save them from extinction.  Paxton's adventures among several Tribal American cultures, his epic battles against the Spanish and French, and his unexpected transition to the sixteenth century -- along with Joanna and their time-jumping twins -- provide a rollicking sequel to the original novel.  Don't miss it!

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Paxton versus the Armada is the alternative-history adventure for Steampunk fans!  Having arrived in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Paxton and his companions -- including Joanna, Sir Ralph Oldcastle, and the Timucua Flame Wolves -- offer their help to Spymaster Doctor John Dee to assist in the defense of the kingdom against the Spanish Armada.  With the help of Edwina, Mistress of the Royal Arsenals, Paxton brings his 19th-century expertise to the construction of airships, Gatling guns, Congreve rockets, and marine mines -- and who should pilot one of the newly constructed "sky galleons" but Elizabeth herself!  Meanwhile, poet, playwright, and intelligencer Christopher Marlowe investigates the shadowy dealings of the Irkutsk Trading Company, in an effort to thwart a palace coup in the midst of the invasion!

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Sunken in alcohol and self-pity, mourning for his lost Russian lover, Anastasia Petrovka, poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe undertakes the most challenging investigation of his career as an intelligencer:  finding the murderer of aspiring playwright William Shakespeare, and recovering his hidden manuscripts.  Following the twisted trail, Marlowe encounters assassins, resurrectionists, and a disoriented time traveler identifying himself as "Arthur Gordon Pym" -- a self-professed expert in ratiocination:  the logical solving of crimes!  With assistance from Paxton and Father Tranquillus, Marlowe also endeavors to provide Pym with a means of saving his ailing wife, who is dying of consumption in 1847.  As Marlowe stalks the mean streets of London in search of Shakespeare's murderer, the poet is haunted by the question "Is Shakespeare's murderer stalking him?"

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"Lucas and Nellie:  The Tale of the Lake Dardanelle Serpent" is the first in a series of childen's books about a 10-year-old boy and a lonely lake serpent whom he befriends.  The illustrations are a charming mix of professional drawings and the imaginative paintings of 3rd and 4th-grade Gifted and Talented students.  Additional books in the series, available soon, are "Lucas and Nellie:  To Say Nothing of the Moose" and "Lucas, Nellie, and the Pelicans."  As with the CROSSTIME ADVENTURES OF CARTER PAXTON, "Lucas and Nellie" is available on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle editions.

 >==> THE CROSSTIME ADVENTURES OF CARTER PAXTON and "Lucas and Nellie:  The Tale of the Lake Dardanelle Serpent" are also available at Dog Ear Books, an upscale bookstore in downtown Russellville, Arkansas.  Browse, buy, and read your choice of fine books in a pleasant atmosphere.

Hotsheet for The Kartaphilos Chronicles

by Stanley Lombardo

Keywords: Wandering Jew, Epic, Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Immortality, Reincarnation

No. of Pages: 120

Software Used: Word 2000 & 2007

Logline:  Epic fantasy.  An immortal warrior returns to Jerusalem to claim his heritage and search for his beloved.  He and his modern Sicarii wage guerrilla war against the United Islamic Caliphate until they have liberated the Holy Land and restored the Kingdom of David.

Synopsis:  In 2015, Kartaphilos the Wandering Jew, returns to Jerusalem to claim his kingdom and seek his lost love, Shelomith. He arrives at the moment of Israel’s surrender to the United Islamic Caliphate, ruled by the charismatic Mahdi. Attending the disarmament ceremonies, Kartaphilos meets retired General Mel Kozminsky and his niece, Shelly Herrod, who is the reincarnation of Shelomith. Shelly invites him to her archaeological dig at Masada.

At Masada, Kartaphilos saves Shelly and her crew from Islamic terrorists, by calling in his private army of Sicarii.  Later, Kartaphilos tells Shelly his history and the story of the curse that has made him immortal…

Galilee and Judea, 7 – 27 A.D. Cousins Jesus and Kartaphilos agree that one of them must be the Messiah. Kartaphilos joins the Roman legion to study war, but Jesus undertakes religious studies, believing that the Messiah must be a sacrificial lamb. Their paths diverge until Good Friday, when, as centurion of the crucifixion detail, Kartaphilos must conduct Jesus to Golgotha. When Jesus stumbles under the weight of the cross, Kartaphilos urges him ahead, saying, “This is what you wanted, Cousin: hurry to your destiny.” Jesus replies, “I will go, but you will tarry until I return.” And Kartaphilos: “I will tarry, but your return must wait until I have conquered my kingdom.” Shelomith, now a follower of Jesus, witnesses this exchange; at the foot of the cross, she renounces her love for Kartaphilos.

For 2000 years, Kartaphilos studies war, accumulates wealth, and searches for Shelomith.  When he returns to Jerusalem in 2015, he recruits and trains his army of Sicarii patriots to fight a guerrilla action against the Caliphate. The Mahdi recognizes Shelly’s importance to Kartaphilos and has her abducted. As Kartaphilos and his Sicarii launch their final assault against the Caliphate, they rescue Shelly and destroy the Mahdi’s palace. The reign of Kartaphilos, King of Israel, has begun—but will it usher in the Second Coming of his cousin, Jesus?

Editing: I am the sole author of the screenplay. I edited the first draft based on suggestions made by agent “Light-Horse” Harry Lee.

Other: The Kartaphilos Chronicles is the 21 Century's first significant treatment of the 1500-year-old legend. It deals with the themes of love, reincarnation, and immortality as seen in film classics such as Highlander and various treatments of the immortal-vampire theme.

“Meet Me at the Cineplex”

by Stanley Lombardo

Keywords:  Romantic Comedy, Meet-Cute, Shakespeare, King Lear, Classic Cinema, Preston Sturges, Frank Capra

No. of Pages:  120

Logline:  Family comedy.  A dying film director’s eccentric will requires his three daughters to marry within six weeks, at a movie theatre, to qualify for their inheritance.  In a frenetic race against time, each daughter deals with her quest in different ways, with hilarious, unexpected results.

Synopsis: Classic film director ROY LEAR is dead – at least he wants his daughters DRUSILLA, REGAN, and CORDELIA to believe so.  His video testament specifies that each must find a suitor willing to propose and marry in a movie theatre; the first to wed will win one half of the estate; the second, three eighths; the last, one eighth.  Studio attorney NORMAN KENT, who secretly loves Regan, explains they have six weeks to fulfill these terms.

The Lear daughters scatter.  Drusilla alternates between trying to collar any willing male and attempting to negate the will; the latter leads to her meeting lawyer KAYE FRANZ, and the two become friends. . . and perhaps a little more.   Regan hires on as executive assistant at an engineering firm, where Kent turns up in disguise as a Tazmanian expert on earthquake-proof buildings.  Cordelia escapes to Sausalito, where she meets BEAU BEAUCHAMPS, who falls deliriously in love with her.

In the helter-skelter climax, the sisters and their mates all meet at the Bijoux Theatre, where they find that their father is not only alive but has been stage-managing their affairs all along.  He blesses their marriages, with Cordelia first, Regan second, and Drusilla third.

Other:  “Meet Me at the Cineplex” is a comic treatment of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, as well as a tribute to the directors and films of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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"Paxton at Bosworth Field"; or, "The Cowboy and the King"

by Stanley Lombardo

Keywords:  Science Fiction, Time Travel, Western, Medieval, Romance

No. of Pages:  120

Logline:  Western fantasy with a Mark Twain twist.  A sharp-shooting buffalo hunter rides into an Apache medicine cave and emerges in medieval England.  His nineteenth-century weapons, array of native-American skills, and knowledge of Shakespeare enable him to change the course of history.

Synopsis: Pursued by Apaches, Carter Paxton rides into a medicine cave and emerges in medieval England. With him, he brings a Sharps buffalo gun, a Winchester rifle, a pair of Colts, and two books that will change the course of history. Paxton rescues a
lone hunter from ambush by armored men, then learns that the hunter is
Richard III.

Returning to the palace, Paxton meets Lady Joanna; the chemistry between them is explosive. At dinner, Paxton and Joanna run afoul of Thomas Stanley and the Duke of Buckingham – Richard’s greatest enemies, now also Paxton and Joanna’s.

With the Battle of Bosworth approaching, Paxton fabricates breech-loading rifles and trains an elite force to use them. Buckingham’s henchmen kill Richard’s son, Edward; Paxton pursues Buckingham and kills him. Queen Anne falls into a profound depression, which Paxton cures through a Navajo Healing Way.

At Bosworth, Paxton’s dragoons repulse a major attack. When Stanley is about to defect to Henry Tudor’s side, Paxton kills him with a 1500-yard shot from his Sharps. Tudor attempts to escape, but Joanna kills his horse. Tudor surrenders, and Richard spares his life.

Richard agrees to Joanna and Paxton’s marriage and approves Paxton’s expedition to the New World.

Other: This story is an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars novels, John Ford's Westerns, and Shakespeare's "Richard III."

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