S. Craig Zahler is the author of the western novel A Congregation of Jackals, which was nominated for both major western writing awards, The Spur and The Peacemaker.
His dark western script The Brigands of Rattleborge won the #1 top position on the Black List for best unproduced screenplay.
Two people fainted at the Toronto International Film Festival during the premiere screening of the horror movie Asylum Blackout (originally known as Incident at Sans Asylum), which is a script that Zahler wrote while he was still in college. The film was immediately picked up for distribution by IFC Midnight.
He wrote scripts for 9 years while working as a catering chef.
Personal Quotes (2)
I always believed in my abilities as a writer, but the disparity between what I write and what is made in Hollywood is HUGE. This is very likely why I daily fight to push my scripts forward.
Write what you think is good, refine it, send it out, and repeat for many years. Find a day job that is satisfying, and also lets your mind wander so that the only pressure you feel is to become a better writer, not 'get rich in Hollywood'.