Just to be clear, I think of myself foremost as a playwright. I've sought to write novels, short stories, screenplays and the like before. Sometimes essays and blog articles about a variety of subjects helped pay the bills. More, my blog Night Tinted Glasses allows me to continue writing theatre reviews here in Los Angeles (one of the most gigantic and diverse theatre communities in the present world).

Yet I also do write supplements to a certain role playing game called Vampire: The Masquerade, and those works remain both fun as well as profitable.

 

COMPLETED!

CAPES AND CONSEQUENCES

While I am very pleased and proud of Revengers Assemble! its relatively short length and large cast makes it a tough sell. Which inspired me to expand the whole thing into a full length!

Hope to have a full reading of this play sometime in July 2020 via the wonders of ZOOM.

COMPLETED

REVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

I have a theory about parodies. The best of such, i.e. Young Frankenstein or Galaxy Quest or the musical Something's Afoot! are all made with love. I have enough love of the superhero genre to write this, a parody which even has a genuine story in its twenty minutes.

COMPLETED

Carmilla: Shadows on the Air

My obsession with Le Fanu's last work continues, but this time as a radio/audio play. Not simply a remake of my previous play, this is set in the original time period of the 1840s, with some characters restored such as Mademoiselle de la Fontaine.

Update: Have changed the title of this. And there will be a virtual reading of this play on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Cauldron

In the wake of seeing a show at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival, some ideas in the kitchen of my subconscious went from simmer to boil. So now am writing in something of a white heat this play about World War Three and the quest for the Holy Grail. Kinda/sorta.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Dracula

I've long wanted to try my hand at adapting Bram Stoker's novel. Indeed I know a few folks who've already done it! But honestly, where to go with a piece already adapted so many times? After finding that, I feel ready to begin.

Still in the note-taking stage, but am feeling cautiously optimistic.

WORK IN PROGRESS

The Deep Kind

Now it its fourth draft, this play ended up as a gothic 'love letter' as well as love story, my tribute to a certain kind of drama / gothic tale, usually written by American authors. Taking place in a fictional weird New England town of the kind so beloved by H.P.Lovecraft and Stephen King, the story is set in middle of the Civil War. A strange young woman comes to the seaside town of Widow's Reach to hopefully achieve a deep and wild hope. You see, she is not completely human...

WORK IN PROGRESS

As Yet Untitled Space Opera

No one is more surprised at this idea suddenly demanding to be told. I should mention that while enjoying shows like Star Trek and Babylon 5 so much, my education is enough to know they simply have better hand-waving that Lost in Space, Forbidden Planet, Space Patrol or Flash Gordon. So why not simply use all the fun tropes and ridiculous pseudo-science of the most retro space operas to tell an entertaining story that is also about something?

COMPLETED AND PUBLISHED

Carmilla

Based the 1871 classic by J.Sheridan LeFanu (now the basis for a startling number of adapations in the last decade) this marks my retelling of a favorite. The first "vampire lesbian" story, there's a lot more to it than titillation. A very detailed review on youtube can be seen here.

More about the play (including a gallery from productions) are right here.

 

COMPLETED AND PUBLISHED

The Annotated Carmilla

Not a play, but a collection of over 400 footnotes explaining as many details as I could manage regarding this, one of my favorite novellas. Inspired directly by The New Annotated Dracula.

COMPLETED

After The Lighthouse Fell

I completed this play over two years ago and so far have not yet persuaded anyone to mount it. Personally I remain extremely proud of the piece--a four character drama set in the South (where I grew up), where the family becomes a metaphor for the nation as a whole. A ghost story that may or may not contain an actual ghost.

Note: This play was previously titled Noah's Cove. If you would like to watch a virtual reading of a slightly earlier version of this play you may view it here.

Below are my game supplements, and to find out more all you have to do is click the cover:

           
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