S. Craig Zahler
Florida-born New Yorker S. CRAIG ZAHLER worked for many years as a cinematographer and a catering chef, while playing heavy metal and creating some strange theater pieces. His debut western novel, A Congregation of Jackals was nominated for both the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his western screenplay, The Brigands of Rattleborge, garnered him a three-picture deal at Warner Brothers, topped the prestigious Black List and is now moving forward with Park Chan Wook (Old Boy) attached to direct, while Michael Mann (Heat & Collateral) develops his nasty crime script, The Big Stone Grid at Sony Pictures. In 2011, a horror movie that he wrote in college called, Asylum Blackout (aka The Incident) was made and picked up by IFC Films after a couple of people fainted at its Toronto premiere. In 2013, his brutal western novel, Wraiths of the Broken Land was published by Raw Dog Screaming Press.
A drummer, lyricist and songwriter, Zahler makes music with his doomy epic metal band Realmbuilder, which signed to I Hate Records of Sweden, after his foray in black metal with the project Charnel Valley (whose two albums were released by Paragon Records). As a director, his films include Bone Tomahawk (with Kurt Russell) and Dragged Across Concrete (with Mel Gibson).
Zahler studies kung-fu and is a longtime fan of animation (hand drawn and stop-motion), heavy metal (all types), soul music, genre books (especially, horror, crime and hard sci-fi), old movies, obese cats and asymmetrical robots.
S. Craig Zahler
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Thomas Dunne Books
A hardened city detective is sent to a hellhole rust belt town in Missouri where violent crime is skyrocketing and police officers are showing up dead in S Craig Zahler's crime thriller Mean...