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Monster: The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo



Venice, 1888: A killer haunts the calles and canals of the Floating City, a killer that many claim is 'Il Sonnambulo' — the Sleepwalker — a mythical figure familiar from old tales and nursery rhymes.

Art student Vittorio Innocenti is convinced he has identified the murderer, but only Commissario Voza, the 'magistrates lackey', believes the young man and fully understands the danger. Soon, Il Sonnambulo will prove how untouchable he is, and how deep his depravity goes.




Ripper: The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo



​London, 1888: In the second part of the Crimes of Il Sonnambulo series, 

Vittorio arrives in London to study at St. Martin's School of Art.

At first overwhelmed by the bustling capital of the British Empire, and shocked by the conditions he finds in London's impoverished East End, he becomes involved with political activists and reunited with La Contessa Adriana.


As summer fades into the fateful autumn of 1888, Vittorio begins to suspect that Il Sonnambulo has arrived in England and is stalking the streets of Whitechapel.

Demon: The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo

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London, 1888: The third novella in The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo series.


Following an attack in the notorious slums of Whitechapel, Vittorio hides out in Hanbury Street — where the next Ripper victim will be found.


As events escalate in the East End, Vittorio is drawn ever closer to the crimes and to the perpetrator himself.

Antichrist: The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo

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Paris, 1893: The fourth and final novella in The Crimes of Il Sonnambulo series. 

It's five years since the last of the Ripper murders in Whitechapel. Exiled from London, Vittorio lives a bohemian life amongst the artists of fin de siècle Paris.


His connection to the Whitechapel murders has made him notorious, and draws infamous characters into his orbit.

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Friday Night Fish Fry


The problem? A young woman inconveniently found dead in the Hollywood Hills

home of a television star. The kind of problem you can't ask the police to solve.


The solution? Call Hugo Valjean. Set him on a trail of murder and revenge that

will take him into the dark underworld of the Los Angeles porn industry and the

murky waters of Hollywood celebrity.


The question? When Valjean is put in motion, how many people are going to get

upset, and what price must be paid for the truth?



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Decoding The Script: The Filmmaker's Art Vol. 1


Many books have been written about how to write a screenplay, but there's very little information on how to read a screenplay. In this book, the first in The Filmmaker's Art series, Markus Innocenti reveals how directors read, and how that reading allows them to build their vision for the film.


There are clues that lie, almost unnoticed, in every screenplay. Having the ability to identify and 'decode' those clues separates directors from every other person who reads the script, and points the way to engaging and powerfully cinematic filmmaking.


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Selecting For Success: The Filmmaker's Art Vol. 2


In the second volume of  The Filmmaker's Art series, Markus Innocenti discusses the pre-production phase of filmmaking.  With the script 'decoded', directors must now convey a 'vision' to their collaborators, working within the strict confines of available budget and time, and make decisions that will result in cohesive and successful storytelling. 

Selecting For Success highlights the principal difficulties encountered in preparing a movie production, and reveals many areas where directors can inadvertently be set up for failure. With knowledge of how to read budgets, appraise schedules and breakdowns, run castings, brief cinematographers and much more... this book is an invaluable resource for any filmmaker.


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Shooting The List: The Filmmaker's Art Vol. 3



In the third volume of  The Filmmaker's Art, Markus Innocenti devotes an entire book to a subject that is usually mentioned only in passing, or in brief references. The Shot List.


While it's true that some filmmakers don't build and use a Shot List, the majority do and a director without a Shot List makes everyone nervous, including the cast. Shooting The List takes all the mystery out of the process, explains the tricky stuff in ways that are clear and memorable, and concludes with revealing how to execute a Shot List that contributes to a filmmaker's own unique style and 'signature'. 


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Mojave Green


Zane's Trouble? He wasn't too bright.

Skye's Problem? Keeping Zane alive.

Rose's Issue? Her lawyer husband.

Loki's Dilemma? Staying high.

Ximena's Fear? No longer being needed.

Esmeraldo's Orders? Kill everybody.



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I Walked A Crooked Mile



Findo Gask. Brooklyn native. Career criminal. Findo's not one of the big fish. He knows it. And he knows that he's made the kind of mistake that could turn him into a corpse. In fact, Findo's fairly sure that certain people in New York will discover his error and make sure that his last breath is a painful one. So he's run — all the way to California.


Findo doesn't have much of a plan, but criminals of his sort are quick to spot an opportunity. He's going to burrow down in Venice, California, and use those sketchy skills of his to stay alive. 

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I Lay Awake In A Darkened Room

ISBN 978-0-9986364-8-1

Following his earlier adventures in 'I Walked A Crooked Mile', Findo Gask remains in Venice, California. He knows that one day the mistakes he's made will catch up with him.


On that day, certain aggrieved parties may inflict a painful revenge. What Findo hasn't figured out is exactly what shape that revenge will take.


And it's keeping him awake.

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I Came Upon A Street Of Sorrows


FindoGask. Career Criminal

Someone just gave him a break.

Findo thinks it's his lucky day.

But forgot to ask the reason why.

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Saturday Night Juke Jive


Dumped by long-time girlfriend Tijuna Brown, Valjean jumps at the chance to get out of Los Angeles for a while.


Down in Jackson, Mississippi playing babysitter to a mob-associated businessman, Valjean is a fish out of water.


When things go sideways, Valjean disappears into rural Mississippi following a trail of deception and violence as he tries to dismantle an organization that sees brutal murder as just another day at the office.

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Sunday Night Swan Song


Early one morning in San Francisco's Tenderloin, Hugo Valjean finds himself on a 

lonely corner and can't remember why.

Turns out Valjean can't remember anything. He knows he's in the city for a reason,

but he doesn't know what. All he does know is that someone already tried to kill him

and if they find out he's still alive, then chances are they'll come back to finish the job.

This is the kind of situation that makes Valjean irritable. And when that happens, 

people get hurt.

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Eye Of A Poet: The Filmmaker's Art Vol. 4


In the fourth volume of  The Filmmaker's Art series, Markus Innocenti delves into the arcane mysteries of cinematography and lighting. This is a huge subject, but the purpose of Eye Of A Poet is to give enough detailed knowledge to make a director aware of the problems and have command over the processes.


Reading this volume of The Filmmaker's Art will prepare aspiring and emerging directors for principal photography and give readers an understanding of how directors use the camera, the lenses, the composition, and the lighting to achieve creative effects that will support the storytelling. 

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Actors On Set: The Filmmaker's Art Vol. 5


In the fifth volume of  The Filmmaker's Art series, Markus Innocenti arrives at a critical point in the filmmaking process. The moment when actors are on set, looking to the director to shape and enhance their performances.

For many directors, this is what directing is all about. But, along with the joy of working with actors, there are challenges that must be met, difficulties surmounted and issues put to rest. Negotiating the actor/director dynamic is challenging and can easily become unbalanced. This volume explains how to build, with empathy,  collaborations that will elicit optimum performances from every member of the cast.

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