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A passenger jet

en route from Hawaii.

Aboard, a dozen

first class travelers.

The crass, the haunted,

the arrogant, and the lost.

The passengers in coach

are missing.

The air crew, too.

Flying on autopilot.

Destination unknown.


Sometimes ideas just come to you. You try to forget them, put them away for another time, at least, but they won’t go away. Scenes pop into your mind while you’re waiting for the car to be serviced, or while comparing cost-to-weight scenarios in the canned goods aisle. Dialogue just leaps into your mind; you play one character, then the other. If anyone were looking as you stand alone in the deli section, they’d realize you’re arguing with yourself. Finally, you acquiesce, you begin to write down the story that won’t leave your head and weeks later there it is, done. Such is the backstory for Angel’s Flight. It just came to me and wouldn’t go away.

I didn’t plot it. I didn’t create dossiers on the characters. I didn’t know that one character would commit suicide, or that another would be the cause of a terrible accident, or that a third would destroy another human being in court. It was just there, all of it, floating like smoke in my mind, and if I reached my hand up into it, yes, the smoke swirled about, but it always returned to its previous matrix.

I had decided the year before writing Angel’s Flight that I would never again write a spec script, but there it was and I just sort of had to write it. Turning the story into a novel would have been a major commitment, while I am so experienced with the script form that writing Angel’s Flight took several weeks. I submitted it to the only contacts I have left in the movie business, two women producers of mostly cable movies, and they thought the script was too Twilight Zone-y. I’d forgotten just how literal they are. So, here it is, published but not produced. I may turn it into a play as everything takes place aboard an aircraft in flight. In the meantime, it’s yours for the reading. I hope you enjoy it.

– Richard Taylor, Cambria, California, September 2010


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