Darren Callahan

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Darren Callahan is a Los Angeles-based film director, playwright, novelist, screenwriter and musician whose primary works include the novels The Audrey Green Chronicles,[1] and City of Human Remains,[2] plays The White Airplane, Horror Academy, Desperate Dolls, and Beautiful Women in Terrible Trouble, the films Under the Table and Children of the Invisible Man, Twin Cinema (short stories and essays), the 24-volume set The Collected Screenplays of Darren Callahan (Battery Filmtext), and the 12-album discography of TRAVEL, a noise rock band featuring poet Matt Hart.

Darren Callahan, Circa 2018

His work has been reviewed and he has been interviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Dayton Daily News, Time Out Magazine, Chicago Examiner, Daily Herald, Metromix, and the Chicago Sun-Times, and others.

His plays have been produced by Chicago's Strawdog Theatre, Babes With Blades, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Breadline Theatre, Stage 773, PROP THTR, and City Lit. Chicago Reader named him Critics Choice for his novel The Vanishing of Archie Gray (2004).[3]

He is the author of several produced radio dramas, including Uncle Ant (1997), The Death Guard (2000), The Tokyo Tourist Bureau (2005), The Wave (1998), and Carnival of Spies (2001) as well as the audio book The 30 Day Baby Company. He is winner of the NPR Best Audio Drama Award.

He is president and founder of Phantom Soundtracks, a U.S.-based recording company. Releases include The White Airplane (2009), Spikes (2010), Alien Terrain (2011), North Point (2012), Chrysalis (later releases as Battle Apocalypse) (2014) and Cry It Out (2017), American Barbarian (2018), LVRS (2018), and All The Flowers That Cut Through The Earth (2018). The label has released scores by Darren Callahan, Demetri Fox, Christopher LaPorte, Eric Leonardson, and others.

In 2012, he wrote, directed, and composed the score for Glass City Films' production of Under the Table, a horror movie. The film played several festivals and led to other assignments as a director, including Death & Devils, Children of the Invisible Man, Don't Call Me Loretta, and Desperate Dolls (film version).

In 2014, his stage play Desperate Dolls was produced and caused a significant controversy due to the violent and sexual content. The play was reviewed by the Chicago Tribune,Chicago Reader,Windy City Times, Gapers Block,Stage and Cinema, LA Splash Magazine, and The Independent.

In 2015, he produced the film Chat Room, directed by Emily Bennett. That year also saw the re-release of 1993's debut album from his pop band, OO OO WA, entitled Screen Kiss, as well as a release by Trouble Press of a collection of 31 fiction and non-fiction pieces, entitled Twin Cinema.

In 2017, Battery Filmtext of LA began publishing a multi-volume series highlighting Callahan's exploitation screenplays. The set includes Documentia, Kiss Me with Blood, Red Park Road, Nerves, Weird Double Features (with Desperate Dolls and I Am An Agent), Summer of Ghosts, Afterschool Specials (with Scott Carson & Susan Rose, Turn Signals, Under the Table, and Lesbian Pornographic Feature Film), Terror/13, The Battle For Carlyle, All These Devils, Sexxina, Schoolgirl Sweethearts, Dead Stranger, 16MM Accident Film, Water Pressure, All A Girl Call Get, In Control, Salamander Lake, Pleasure Zone IV, All These Witches, The Judy Solution, Conventioneers, and The Airship. He also scored the horror film Cry It Out, about haunted baby monitors, and contributed to articles about the legacy of David Bowie for The Federalist and other publications. His screenplay All These Devils was named a finalist for Shriekfest, a Los Angeles horror film festival. Terror/13 was named a semi-finalist for both Shriekfest and ScreenCraft competitions.

In 2018, he scored the films LVRS (dir. Emily Bennett), All The Flowers That Cut Through The Earth (dir. Ward Crockett) and American Barbarian (dir. Paul Carr) (featuring the music of his band TRAVEL). Also in 2018, Brazildisc released "Broken Punk Records: The Starfish Recordings," a 100-song box set of his band TRAVEL, as well as the re-issue of the 1986 industrial music album HUH? by DEMENTIA PRECOX, for which Callahan served as executive producer.

In 2019, a release of Devil Films (an omnibus edition of All These Devils, All These Demons, and All These Witches) and Sex Films (which includes Sexxina, All a Girl Can Get, and Pleasure Zone IV) is planned by the Los Angeles entertainment publisher Hooper Cinema Classics.

Musical Groups[edit]

  • TEENAGE BLACKOUT
  • DJ POWDA
  • ITALIAN AVIATION
  • THE LIFE AND TIMES
  • TELEGRAPH
  • THE SAD COMEDIES
  • OO OO WA
  • THE DICTIONARY

Novels[edit]

  • THE NUMBING OF AUDREY GREEN
  • THE SEARCH FOR AUDREY GREEN
  • THE TRAVELS OF AUDREY GREEN
  • 6 THE RISE
  • CITY OF HUMAN REMAINS
  • FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY (aka DEEP FREEZE)
  • UNSETTLED
  • HOURS UNTIL WE SLEEP
  • THE VANISHING OF ARCHIE GRAY

Feature-Length Screenplays[edit]

  • DOCUMENTIA
  • KISS ME WITH BLOOD
  • RED PARK ROAD
  • NERVES
  • I AM AN AGENT
  • LESBIAN PORNOGRAPHIC FEATURE FILM
  • SUMMER OF GHOSTS
  • TERROR/13
  • THE BATTLE FOR CARLYLE
  • ALL THESE DEVILS
  • SEXXINA
  • ALL A GIRL CAN GET
  • SCHOOLGIRL SWEETHEARTS
  • DEAD STRANGER
  • WATER PRESSURE
  • IN CONTROL
  • ALL THESE DEMONS
  • HORRORTHON
  • DOCTOR MORTEER MEETS THE PROFESSOR
  • TOGETHER ALONE
  • NIHILISTS
  • THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY
  • SALAMANDAR LAKE
  • CONVENTIONEERS
  • THE AIRSHIP
  • PLEASURE ZONE IV
  • THE JUDY SOLUTION
  • DESPERATE DOLLS
  • ALL THESE WITCHES
  • 16MM ACCIDENT FILM

Films[edit]

  • UNDER THE TABLE
  • CHILDREN OF THE INVISIBLE MAN
  • DESPERATE DOLLS

Stage Plays[edit]

  • TWO GIRLS KISSING
  • THROW THE CONTROL DARTS
  • KILL YOUR EMENIES
  • SOURCES
  • WITNESS TO AN ACCIDENT
  • DESPERATE DOLLS
  • WATER PRESSURE
  • THE DOUBLE NEGATIVE
  • CASTLE VON DEATH
  • THE ESSENTIALS
  • UNDER THE TABLE
  • THE WHITE AIRPLANE
  • HORROR ACADEMY
  • SUB-GENRE
  • MASS GRAVE

Original Scores[edit]

  • CHRYSALIS (aka BATTLE APOCALYPSE)
  • UNDER THE TABLE
  • SPIKES
  • ALIEN TERRAIN (as Demetri Fox)
  • ALL THE FLOWERS THAT CUT THROUGH THE EARTH
  • LVRS
  • AMERICAN BARBARIAN
  • CRY IT OUT

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