At the end of 2017 we let you guys know that screenwriter, filmmaker, and actor (“Sneaky Pete,” “The Blacklist”) Christopher Graves is going to be releasing his award-winning screenplay Sinner as a psychological thriller novel in the spring of this year. The tale was inspired by the Bald Knobbers, a gang of 19th century vigilantes, and features a ruthless main character who will stop at nothing to cleanse the souls of those he deems tainted and unholy.
Sound up your alley? If so, Sinner is heading our way in just a few days so read on to learn more and see our exclusive debut of the book’s trailer, which you’ll find at the top of the page!
Sinner, named Best Psychological Thriller Script by the New Hope International Film Festival, is being released by OP Media on April 5th; you can pre-order a copy now!
The prologue for Sinner opens in Douglas County, Missouri, just 50 miles from the Bald Knobbers’ first meeting on April 5, 1885, in Kirbyville. Readers are taken back in time to the year 1887, when Minerva Yates lies on a dusty patch outside her local brothel waiting to die. Met with enormous misfortune, she and her bevy of soiled doves are the latest targets of the infamous Bald Knobbers. Paul Adison, a teenage member of the group, stands mask-less between his disguised counterparts—surrounding the terrified young women who fear the worst. Declaring his devotion to the Word, Paul initiates the act of moral justice, dragging the sinful women to their deaths.
Now, more than a century later, a devilish character emerges from present-day Eastern Pennsylvania. Clad in a goat-horned hoodie, middle-aged Zeke is a modernized version of his Bald Knobber grandfather, Paul Adison. Speaking almost exclusively in verses quoted directly from the King James Version of the Bible, Zeke believes his crusade has been ordained by God himself, which gives him the ultimate consent and mandate to capture and cleanse. As he encounters more and more “tainted” souls in and around Pennsylvania throughout Sinner, it becomes clear this malevolent serial killer will stop at nothing in pursuit of his moral quest. Strong and colossally resilient female characters, like the flawed and severely destructive Sylvia and the scrappy, tenacious Dani, influence and propel Zeke’s entire journey.
Ezekiel Woods, Jr., is a direct descendant of the 19th century vigilante gang known as the Bald Knobbers. He has been indoctrinated into a world ruled by violence and a literal interpretation of the Bible his entire life. Now, over a hundred years later, Zeke continues his ancestors’ crusade, spending his days camouflaged as an aloof middle-aged grocery store sacker and his nights in a farmhouse cellar, preparing captives’ souls for their ultimate destiny: redemption or death. His latest abductee, an indomitable Texan working her way through a third life crisis, chooses another option: escape. Zeke must recapture this lost sheep or face a consequence far worse than any worldly fate: that God has forsaken him.