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S. Craig Zahler

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"S. Craig Zahler is certain to become one of the great imaginers of our time." ― Clive Barker

Novelist S. Craig Zahler is also the screenwriter, director, and musical co-composer for the movies, Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and Dragged Across Concrete.
His debut graphic novel, Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus (which he wrote and illustrated) and his crime book The Slanted Gutter are out this February,

"Whether writing westerns, science fiction, or crime, Zahler (Corpus Chrome, Inc., 2013) always manages to bring something new to the genre. [We fell] completely under Zahler’s spell... A bravura literary performance.” —Booklist, Starred Review

From Kirkus Review:
"Zahler tells a gripping story."

"Five-plus stars to Hug Chic

May links for new Felix Comic Art interview, Word Balloon interview as well as The Comics Journal website and more...

My debut graphic novel Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus and new crime book The Slanted gutter are both widely available.

The kind words posted on Goodreads and Amazon for these works are helpful in spreading the word and very appreciated as are the likes/upvotes for these reviews...

Here is a fun interview I did on Felix Comic Art--

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Average rating: 4.11 · 3,364 ratings · 561 reviews · 15 distinct worksSimilar authors
Wraiths of the Broken Land

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A Congregation of Jackals

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Mean Business on North Gans...

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Hug Chickenpenny: The Paneg...

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Corpus Chrome, Inc.

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The Slanted Gutter

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The Narrow Caves

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In the 1980s, I suggested more than a few times that all religious texts on planet Earth should be replaced by The Lord of Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien's best known epic (and The Hobbit) and the works of Robert E. Howard interested a twelve year-old Zahler ...more
" Jason wrote: "Hey Zahler,
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Hideo Kojima is wondering!

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“Sometimes art is supposed to upset you"
"It might help you work through some of your own bad feelings or change how you look at yourself or something you're experiencing or somebody who know or once knew. And often, there're hidden messages in this kind of art that you don't see right away-so it can make you think, which is never a bad thing.”
S. Craig Zahler, Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child

“Eyes that did not seem attached to anything rational stared out at the gentleman from a craggy canvas of inebriation, grief and hatred. In the leather holster that depended from John Lawrence Plugford’s waist sat a wide gauge sawed-off shotgun that had been covered with black paint. “Good morning,” Nathaniel said to the bestial face.”
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S. Zahler Praise for S. Craig Zahler's debut graphic novel Forbidden Surgeries of the Hideous Dr. Divinus from Tim Seeley, Ben Marra, Dash Shaw, Josh Simmons and more...

"IT'S INSANE. I love it."
--Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Grayson)

"With DR. DIVINUS, Zahler arrives as a cartoonist fully formed. It's as if he's been doing this for twenty years. But it's only with this graphic novel, his first, that Zahler has turned his considerable creative talents toward comics. As a medium, comics should feel blessed."
--Benjamin Marra (Terror Assaulter, Night Business)

"S. Craig Zahler brings the same furious energy to his first graphic novel that he does to his music, movies and novels. Forbidden Surgeries of The Hideous Dr. Divinus is a deliberately paced weird horror story with punctuations of cruelty and uncomfortable hilarity." -- Josh Simmons (The Furry Trap, Black River)

"Zahler conjures the spirit of EC and weird visionary outlier comics but with way more story structure and momentum than those comics ever have. Comics is lucky to have his contribution to our medium!"
-- Dash Shaw (Bodyworld, Bottomless Belly Button)

"Zahler has produced something otherworldly ... with hints of those classic 80's underground B&W outlaw comics that we all love so much. This is something different and unexpected and I would highly recommend it!
-- Jim Mahfood, Grrl Scouts, Tank Girl, Into The Spider-Verse

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S. Zahler My new science fiction novel Corpus Chrome, Inc. is now widely available in paperback, hardback and kindle editions.

“CORPUS CHROME, INC describes one of the weirder post-singularity futures. The characters are very much alive. I was entertained throughout.” —Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula award winning author of the Ringworld series

“[We fell] completely under Zahler’s spell, buying into his near-future world and becoming so involved in his characters’ lives that, when the book ends, we are loath to leave these people and their world. A bravura literary performance.” —Dave Pitt, Booklist, Starred Review

“Zahler’s a fabulous story teller...”
—Kurt Russell, star of Escape from New York, Tombstone, Dark Blue, and Death Proof

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