Welcome to S. Craig Zahler's website.
My second movie as a director Brawl in Cell Block 99 is in currently in hard pre-production. This rough crime piece is from my original script and will star Vince Vaughn.
Pierre Morel has signed on to direct my script, The Big Stone Grid.
Drew Goddard is adapting my western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land for Ridley Scott to direct.
On October 23rd, 2015, my feature film directorial debut was released. This is a western entitled, Bone Tomahawk, which features Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Fred Melamed, Geno Segers, and many other talented players.
"[A] witty fusion of western, horror and comedy that gallops to its own beat." NY Times
"Great dialogue, strong characters, and imaginative and memorable kills." IGN.com
"...Bone Tomahawk succeeds in demonstrating the voice of its massively talented creator." Twitchfilm.com
"A handsome Western with horror overtones." Hollywood Reporter
"A genre-smashing confluence of an oater and an eater, Bone Tomahawk is an absolute blast..." birthmoviesdeath.com
"...a most violent delight" Variety
"...Bone Tomahawk isnt just the best horror movie of 2015, its the best movie..." shocktiltyoudrop.com
"There's a humming genre intelligence at work in the grim, witty horror-western Bone Tomahawk." LA Times
"[T]his modest feature leaves The Hateful Eight in the dust. Its provocative, original, extremely violent and extremely good." Leonard Maltin
At the Sitges International Film Festival the film won the critic's award for best picture, and I was given the award for best director.
I have completed two new books, The Slanted Gutter, a highly idiosyncratic crime novel, and, Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, a gothic tale about a very strange orphan. Look for more news on these books in the near future...
My crime novel Mean Business on North Ganson Street is now available from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne.
"Whether writing westerns, science fiction, or crime, Zahler (Corpus Chrome, Inc., 2013) always manages to bring something new to the genre. This time its the most shambolically dying Rust Belt city in crime fiction. Zahlers mean streets are bizarrely mean. But Mean Business is often mordantly funny, tooand not to be missed." Thomas Gaughan, Booklist, Starred Review
"Zahler means business all right. As funny as it is moving and as tender as it is violent, Mean Business On North Ganson Street is a superb police thriller that carries serious emotional heft."
Allan Guthrie, Edgar-nominated author of Slammer
"Zahler evocatively illustrates a city on the verge of moral and economic collapse..."
"Zahler tells a gripping story."
"[A] grim, brilliantly imagined work."
My dark western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land is now widely available..
"Zahler's a fabulous story teller whose style catapults his reader into the turn of the century West with a ferocious sense of authenticity."
Kurt Russell, star of Tombstone, Escape from New York, Dark Blue, and Death Proof
"It would be utterly insufficient to say that WRAITHS is the most diversified and expertly written western Ive ever read."
Edward Lee, author of The Bighead and Gast.
"If youre looking for something similar to what youve read before, this aint it. If you want something comforting and predictable, this damn sure aint it. But if you want something with storytelling guts and a weird point of view, an unforgettable voice, then you want what I want, and that is this."
Joe R. Lansdale, author of The Bottoms, Mucho Mojo, and Savage Season
"[C]ompulsively readable . Fans of Zahlers A Congregation of Jackals (2010) will be satisfied; think Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained. [C]lever mayhem ... leads to a riveting climax."
"WRAITHS always rings true, whether it's visiting the depths of despair, the fury of violence, or the fragile ties that bind us together for good or ill. It's a Western with heart and intelligence, always vivid, with characters you will detest or care about or both, powerfully written."
Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season and The Girl Next Door
"Wraiths of the Broken Land is a classic Western that's been twisted into the shape of a snarling monster, shot full of violence, anger, and pain, and dipped in horror. [I]t will please fans of crime, horror, dark fantasy, and literary fiction alike. It's a brutal and wonderfully gritty tale full of darkness and superb writing."
Gabino Iglesias, Out Of The Gutter Online
My science fiction novel Corpus Chrome, Inc., is now widely available.
CORPUS CHROME, INC describes one of the weirder post-singularity futures. The characters are very much alive. I was entertained throughout. Larry Niven, Hugo & Nebula award winning author
[We fell] completely under Zahlers spell... A bravura literary performance. Dave Pitt, Booklist, Starred Review