S. Craig Zahler

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S. Craig Zahler
Born 1973
Miami, Florida
Nationality United States
Occupation Novelist, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Director & Cinematographer

S. Craig Zahler is an American author, screenwriter, songwriter, musician, director, and cinematographer.[1]

Career in Books, Music, and Film[edit]

S. Craig Zahler has written novels in various genres, including, western, crime, and science fiction, and these works have received support from major award-winning names in both genre literature and film, most notably, Walter Hill, Kurt Russell, Larry Niven, Joe R. Lansdale, and Jack Ketchum. His debut noir western novel, "A Congregation of Jackals" was nominated for The Spur Award by the Western Writers of America and The Peacekeeper by the Western Fictioneers. "Corpus Chrome, Inc.," "A Congregation of Jackals" and "Mean Business on North Ganson Street" all received starred reviews for excellence in Booklist. [2]

As a drummer, lyricist, and singer S. Craig Zahler (as Czar) collaborates with his longtime friend and new music composer Jeff Herriott (as JH Halberd) to write and perform songs as the heavy metal band Realmbuilder, who have three albums on I Hate Records of Sweden.[3] This is following Zahler's foray into black metal with the project, Charnel Valley, where he played drums, wrote lyrics, and shared songwriting duties with Worm. The two Charnel Valley albums were released by Paragon Records.[4]

Zahler also wrote the script for a 2011 horror film Asylum Blackout (also called "The Incident at Sans Asylum" and the The Incident), which was then directed by Alexandre Courtès.[5]

In October of 2014, Zahler wrapped production on his directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk, realizing an original screenplay that he wrote. The film stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, and Fred Melamed.[6]



as Czar in Charnel Valley, released by Paragon Records

  • 2005 - The Dark Archives[12]
  • 2007 - The Igneous Race[13]

as Czar in Realmbuilder, released by I Hate Records (Sweden)

  • 2009 - "Summon the Stone Throwers"[14]
  • 2011 - "Fortifications of the Pale Architect"[15]
  • 2013 - "Blue Flame Cavalry"[16]


As Director
As Writer
As Cinematographer
  • 1995 - "August Roads"
  • 1996 - "Warsaw Story"
  • 1997 - "Lucia's Dream"
  • 2003 - "Rooster"

Scripts in Development[edit]

On June 22, 2006 Variety told that Zahler began his career at NYU film school as a cinematographer.[17] In 2004 he had written six scripts, including a western that topped the prestigious Black List entitled as The Brigands of Rattleborge,[17] which Park Chan-wook was set to direct the film.[18]

On September 7, 2007 THR reported that Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights to the anime Robotech with Tobey Maguire attached to star and produce the film, while Zahler was set to write the script for the film.[19]

On March 25, 2011 Sony's Columbia Pictures has picked up the script of the film The Big Stone Grid written by Craig Zahler, produced by Michael De Luca.[20]

On September 5, 2012 it was announced that FX is developing a martial arts drama, Downtown Dragons, Zahler is set to write and executive produce.[21]

On October 30, 2012, Zahler was set to make his directorial debut with a horror western film Bone Tomahawk from his own script, the film stars Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins.[22] Two years later, the picture went into production in California.

On June 27, 2013 Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to his crime novel Mean Business on North Ganson Street. He'll write the script of the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx.[23]


  1. ^ "S. Craig Zahler". rawdogscreaming.com. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4397295.S_Craig_Zahler
  3. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Realmbuilder/3540276082
  4. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Charnel_Valley/46930
  5. ^ Leydon, Joe (2 October 2011). "Review: ‘The Incident’". variety.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  6. ^ http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/11/03/kurt-russell-bone-tomahawk
  7. ^ a b c d "Books by S. Craig Zahler". goodreads.com. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/S.-Craig-Zahler/e/B004GF84M6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1392609228&sr=8-1
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.com/S.-Craig-Zahler/e/B004GF84M6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1392609228&sr=8-1
  10. ^ http://www.amazon.com/S.-Craig-Zahler/e/B004GF84M6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1392609228&sr=8-1
  11. ^ http://www.amazon.com/S.-Craig-Zahler/e/B004GF84M6/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1392609228&sr=8-1
  12. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Charnel_Valley/The_Dark_Archives/92246
  13. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Charnel_Valley/The_Igneous_Race/162874
  14. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Realmbuilder/Summon_the_Stone_Throwers/229463
  15. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Realmbuilder/Fortifications_of_the_Pale_Architect/296597
  16. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Realmbuilder/Blue_Flame_Cavalry/392809
  17. ^ a b Ross, Matthew (22 June 2006). "Craig Zahler early career". variety.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  18. ^ Sneider, Jeff (29 August 2012). "‘Oldboy’ helmer saddles up for ‘Brigands’". variety.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Maguire, WB attack the big screen with 'Robotech'". hollywoodreporter.com. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (25 March 2011). "Columbia Picks Up Spec Script By S. Craig Zahler". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (5 September 2012). "FX Developing Martial Arts Drama Project". deadline.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Sneider, Jeff (30 October 2012). "S. Craig Zahler to direct ‘Bone Tomahawk’". variety.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (27 June 2013). "Warner Bros Acquires Craig Zahler Crime Novel As Re-Team Of ‘Django Unchained’s Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx". deadline.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

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