• Quill

  • Edward Hicklin
  • Unrepped
  • Available
  • Thriller
  • Scouted
  • 74.6
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After years of abuse at the hands of her literary hero father, Quill grows up with a similar passion for the written word, though she writes exclusively on the dried skin of abusive men she has murdered.
In the Nineteenth Century, a carpenter begins to fall in love with a published author. Unbeknownst to him, the author, who survived an abusive childhood, is responsible for the murders of several men in the town.
In mid-19th century England, a young carpenter falls in love with the mysterious daughter of a famous writer who lives alone in a massive manor. He eventually realizes that the woman, now a noted author in her own right, was violently abused by her father and has been enacting her vicious revenge by tormenting the men who wronged her.
"Quill" follows a wealthy 19th-century writer who moonlights as a vigilante, secretly killing abusive men in society. Her quest to enact revenge for her childhood traumas is complicated when she falls in love with a local carpenter who is unlike any of the other men she's encountered.
Female Protagonist, Drama, Horror, Romance, Period, Thriller, Dark, Vigilante, Murder, Revenge, Father/Daughter, Female, Violence/Violent
White / European
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Dexter (TV), Promising Young Woman, The Nightingale
Nineteenth Century, Several Months
Locations are set in England and include: estate, manor, various houses, market, workshop, pub, police station, church, cemetery, lake, alley, theater, and woods.
In the Nineteenth Century, QUILL (12) nervously goes to her father and published author, FATHER SHUFFLING (?) when he calls her. Father questions Quill about a novel she has been writing and has kept hidden from him. He admonishes her for writing, which he believes is a profession for men. Father then takes a letter opener, heats it, and burns Quill with it.

Years later, MATHEW (24), a carpenter, sees Quill, now in her 20s, in the marketplace where he sells his creations. He is instantly attracted to her. Quill approaches Mathew and asks if he can create a dining table for her. He agrees to her short deadline. That night, Mathew ignores going out with fellow vendor, TREVOR (?), in order to complete Quill's order.

Mathew takes the dining table to Quill's home the next day and sets up the furniture for her. She invites him to dinner as a thank you. While preparing for the meal, Quill remembers her father using a quill to write on her back.

That evening, Mathew tells Quill that he has read her novels. He believes her works are better than her father's. Afterward, Mathew agrees to help Quill around the house. Unbeknownst to Mathew, Quill has...