LOOKING FOR A NEW TITLE FOR ???THE DEVIL???S STAIRCASE???

In an earlier post, I talked about titles. I never worry about them too much, and start writing before I have a firm idea in mind. This lack of concern might be why I got it wrong in the case of The Devil’s Staircase. The book is about a group of Australian backpackers who break into an abandoned London townhouse seeking a rent-free life of debauchery. What they don’t realize is that someone is already there: a terrified woman bound and gagged in the basement.

It’s essentially a thriller, but the title reeks of horror.  I’m sitting here making notes for the next draft of the screenplay, and wondering what might work better…

I had considered The Squat, but apparently this conjures unpleasant images for Americans.

Any ideas?

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~ by helenfitzgerald on March 11, 2011.

12 Responses to “LOOKING FOR A NEW TITLE FOR ???THE DEVIL???S STAIRCASE???”

  1. What Lies Beneath? Oh shit, that’s been done. Leave it with me, I’ll come back with a bunch of stupid ideas soon. Dx

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  2. Have you decided on yours D? It’s a hard one for us genre-busting authors.

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  3. How about "Down Under"?

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  4. Ha – that’s good Tim – was actually thinking "Underneath".Down under conjures only happy images for me and this book aint that happy.

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  5. Ever thought about "cellar door" just a thought πŸ™‚

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  6. Cellar Door – sounds good. (Would you demand a cut?)

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  7. not at all just glad to help πŸ™‚

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  8. but if you like to throw in special thanks or something of the sort i wouldn’t be opposed

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  9. We’re brainstorming like mad at the moment. It’s title by committee. Don’t think we’ve got the perfect one yet.

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  10. if anything else comes to mind ill be sure to post it good luck with the storming πŸ˜‰

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  11. so my son had a thought about a title for you his thought was "24 hours of midnight", not sure if that’s the title your looking for, but he made me promise i’d say something. Who knows maybe it’ll help in your brainstorming, spark something perhaps. πŸ™‚

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  12. Thanks Ryan! We are going to have a competition online to find a title – will let you know when. Make sure to enter your ideas! (and your son’s).

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