The Piper, expanded from Patrick Malone's own multi-award winning screenplay, is based on the old world fairy tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. This modernized version is reminiscent of the uncensored tales of the Brothers Grimm, the morality tales meant to strike terror into the hearts and minds of children, as well as their parents.
The Piper tells of a magical flute, uncovered during an excavation in modern-day Hamelin, Germany. Aside from the flute, a mass grave containing the ancient bones of 130 children is discovered. An internationally acclaimed musician brings the flute to New York City for a performance at the Met, and the unearthly sound that emanates from the strangely crafted instrument awakens a dormant evil. Shortly thereafter, the flute is stolen, the young and insane from all over the city go missing, and a series of ghastly deaths make the police look suspiciously at the renowned music man.
Malone¹s multi-faceted characters are well-developed and thoroughly believable. The storyline supports some of the Germanic fairy mythology of old, which is itself enthralling. The Piper is a captivating read that offers an original twist to a classic fable, and will appeal to both horror fans and enthusiasts of dark fairy tales.
Dark Realms Magazine