Philip Fracassi, an author and screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles.
His debut collection of stories, BEHOLD THE VOID, was published by JournalStone on March 10, 2017. BEHOLD THE VOID received positive reviews from The New York Times, LOCUS Magazine and Rue Morgue, and recently won the award for Story Collection of the Year by This Is Horror.
His novellas include SHILOH, FRAGILE DREAMS and SACCULINA. His work has appeared in several current and upcoming publications, including Strange Aeons, Lovecraft eZine, Ravenwood Quarterly, Dark Discoveries Magazine and Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten. See his completely bibliography here.
He has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and was the founder of Equator Books, a publishing house and rare, out-of-print bookstore in Venice, CA.
Prior to publishing, he spent seven years as a live music producer for House of Blues Entertainment, producing concert DVD’s for The Psychedelic Furs and Public Enemy and more than 3,000 live internet broadcasts with bands such as The Cure, Motley Crue and Depeche Mode. He also produced the first live streaming concert ever broadcast over the internet.
Philip currently works full-time in the film industry and on his writing. His screenplay credits include “Girl Missing,” distributed by Mar Vista Entertainment (2015) for Lifetime Television and “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups,” distributed by Disney Home Entertainment (2012). Films in development include “Observe,” “Escape the Night,” “The Boys in the Valley,” “Gothic,” and “Vintage.” Visit his IMDB page for more on his film projects.
His debut horror novelettes, “Altar,” and “Mother” are currently available as individual Kindle eBooks via Amazon.com. (NOTE: Both of these stories are included in BEHOLD THE VOID).
INTERVIEW (OCTOBER, 2017) : GREYDOGTALES:
Thanks to John Linwood Grant for having me on his blog, GREYDOGTALES, in which I discuss connections between some of my stories, my writing past, and what I have coming up. You can read the interview by clicking HERE or the graphic below.
PODCAST INTERVIEW (7/1/17) : THIS IS HORROR:
Thanks to Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella at THIS IS HORROR for devoting three episodes to this epic interview. All three parts are available using the links below. I hope you find them interesting, inspiring or hopefully a tiny bit useful if you’re a writer or fan of writing.
Part ONE – TIH Episode 150
In which I discuss my biggest fears, my thoughts on story structure for prose and screenplays, and some of my screenwriting experiences.
Part TWO – TiH Episode 151
I discuss my early – unpublished – literary novels and how writing lit fiction helped develop some of my tools for genre fiction. Also chat more about screenwriting and my personal take on why horror is a great escape from the real world horrors we live with every day.
Part THREE – TiH Episode 152
I discuss my writing habits, talk about my experiences with the folks at the Lovecraft eZine, and offer some take-it-or-leave-it advice for writers from my own experiences or passed down from far more talented folks than I.
INTERVIEW (JUNE 2017) : GINGER NUTS OF HORROR:
Author John Boden interviewed me for the all-things-horror website, Ginger Nuts of Horror. You can read the interview by clicking HERE or the graphic below.
INTERVIEW (ISSUE 36: FALL 2016) : DARK DISCOVERIES MAGAZINE:
Dark Discoveries Editor-In-Chief Aaron J. French was kind enough to feature an interview with me in Issue 36 (Fall 2016) of the legendary magazine. Thanks to the graciousness of Mr. French, you can read or download the entirety of the interview in PDF format by clicking HERE.
To buy this issue or subscribe to Dark Discoveries, visit their website HERE.
PODCAST INTERVIEW (3/8/17) : SPOOKLIGHTS:
Was delighted to chat with Jonathan Raab and author Sean Thompson on a recent Spooklights podcast. I get in-depth about how I started out and talk a bit about the kind of writing I see myself doing moving forward. I recommend this one if you’re interested in hearing more about my process and thoughts on the work.
INTERVIEW (2/28/2017) : SMASH DRAGONS:
Matthew Summers was kind enough to interview me for his amazing Smash Dragons blog. You can read the interview here. I discuss the current state of horror, my upcoming collection, BEHOLD THE VOID, and the time I dug a grave with Christopher Walken.
PODCAST INTERVIEW (8/28/16) : LOVECRAFT EZINE:
I was a guest on the Lovecraft eZine podcast, hosted by Mike Davis, on August 28th, 2016. I discuss my experiences in the movie biz, my screenwriting, my current stories and upcoming work – including two novellas and a collection of horror titled BEHOLD THE VOID.
Audio podcast edition (also on iTunes): http://bit.ly/2bvJpRI
YouTube Video edition: https://youtu.be/Yt09Wv30RWY
INTERVIEW (7/20/16) : JEFFDECK.COM:
Author Jeff Deck was kind enough to interview me for his blog. You can read the interview here. I discuss when I started writing, what’s coming up next, and what I really think about “Cujo.” Check it out if you’d like.
BLURBS & REVIEWS
BEHOLD THE VOID
“Fracassi’s work has many virtues: He builds his horrific tales slowly and carefully, with some attention to the nuances of character; his powers of description are formidable; and he’s especially skillful at creating, and sustaining, suspense.” — Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times
“Philip Fracassi presents stories that range in time, space, and possibility. While it collects only nine stories, the book has the heft of a much larger volume. Between its covers are worlds…it recalls the work of writers such as McCammon, King, and Bradbury…It isn’t hard to imagine Serling paging through Behold the Void and trying to decide which of these stores to adapt first. Fracassi’s book celebrates the best of the horror tradition…” — John Langan, LOCUS Magazine
“…think vintage King at his best.” — Rue Morgue Magazine
“Philip Fracassi is the next big horror writer to blow your mind… If you’re a fan of the horror genre at all, then this guy is a must-read.” — Max Booth III, Lit Reactor
“Every story is as unique in its subject matter as it is identical in its quality and excellence. Philip Fracassi is quickly building a reputation as a superior storyteller of incredible talent…. an author we must surely now hail as a leading light in the dark field of horror fiction.” — Thomas Joyce, This Is Horror
“Behold the Void is a stunning collection… I anticipate seeing it mentioned in many year’s best lists to come.” — Anthony Watson, Dark Musings
“Philip Fracassi is a master craftsman of the dark tale… a rare talent, and this book is a marvel. We are lucky indeed to have both of them.”–Paul F. Olson, author of Whispered Echoes
“This is it–a collection of dark tales that will chill you to the bone… Fracassi’s BEHOLD THE VOID is the perfect read for horror fans who expect authors to raise the bar and redefine what horror fiction means.” — Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
“Philip Fracassi is one of the most exciting new voices I’ve read… BEHOLD THE VOID should be on the shelf of every horror reader. It’s that good.Highly recommended.” — Ralph Robert Moore, author of You Can Never Spit It All Out
“SACCULINA is a smart, terrifying, and poignant tale of creeping menace. I devoured it in one frenzied sitting… this Fracassi guy is damn good.” —Richard Chizmar, author of A Long December and co-author (with Stephen King) of Gwendy’s Button Box
“I’m going to make a prediction here: Philip Fracassi will one day be one of the best and most well-known horror authors working in the genre…If you’re looking for a perfect summer read, you need look no further than the work of this brilliant and rising star in the firmament of horror fiction, and Sacculina is the book you should read first.” — Shane Douglas Keene, Shotgun Logic
“Trust me, this is intense stuff with some sequences definitely not for the faint-hearted. The pacing here is superb, exciting and frantic.” — Anthony Watson, Dark Musings UK
“Philip Fracassi is one of those names that will keep popping up to any fans of modern horror. Not only is he relentless with his output, but every published work seems to be getting better and better… Sacculina is not only a damned fine yarn but a perfect gateway drug into Philip Fracassi’s fiction.” — Jake Marley, This Is Horror
FRAGILE DREAMS came from the idea: “What would it feel like to be trapped in the dark; essentially buried alive beneath a mountain of steel and chaos, and to know, without a doubt, that you were going to die? What would you think? What would you remember? At what point would your mind start slipping away?”
Then, “And what if there were things in the dark…”
“…a tour-de-force of storytelling…“– Risingshadow.net
“…heart-stopping…heartbreaking…he never lets the suspense slacken, even as his narrative rockets to its harrowing conclusion.” — John Langan, author of The Fisherman
“…claustrophobic as hell.” — Jack Ketchum, author of The Secret Life of Souls
“…Disturbing, frightening, unnerving…nail biting pleasure.” — Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World
“ALTAR is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story.” — Laird Barron, author of X’s for Eyes
“Fracassi’s work building the characters and their relationships pays off when the weird starts creeping in. Both an intense and satisfying reading experience.” — Jeffrey Ford, author of A Natural History of Hell
“…one of the most promising and talented new horror authors to emerge in recent years.” — Risingshadow.net
“Philip Fracassi’s ALTAR does to swimming pools what Peter Benchley’s JAWS did to oceans.” — Ralph Robert Moore, author of Ghosters
“2 bEastly paws (or 5 stars) WAY UP for Philip Fracassi’s _ALTAR_! !!” — Joe Pulver, author of The King in Yellow Tales
“Smooth prose, excellent characterization, and just enough horror madness to let the story ring in your head long after you’ve read it.” — Ronald Malfi, author of The Night Parade
“The moment I finished, I wanted to flip back to page one and read it again, just to see how he did it.” — Paul F. Olson, author of Whispered Echoes
“Fracassi knows when to hold back and when to twist the knife.” –- Michael Wehunt, author of Greener Pastures
“Fracassi has the ability to inject dread into the familiar and everyday, ratcheting the tension to reach absolute horror. Profoundly disturbing.” — Christopher Slatsky, author of Alectryomancer
“Altar cements Fracassi into the annals of weird and horror fiction with a well-written, tightly paced extravaganza that showcases his flair for solid characterization combined with cinematic, bloodcurdling terror.” — This Is Horror
“Philip gets into the mind of a young boy better than I’ve seen anyone do since Stephen King’s IT, and it makes the story that much more terrifying…” — Shotgun Logic
“Philip Fracassi’s Mother manages to pay homage to classic turn of the 20th Century horror stories while simultaneously fitting right in with the modern weird/occult tale. A promising debut!” – Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts
“Mother occupies a modern Gothic niche, yet unfolds in a disorienting and timeless fashion. A touch of giallo and a whole dose of nastiness.” – Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
“Mother is a story of domestic collapse at the fringe of the known world that recalls the thematic brutality of Nathan Ballingrud and Karl Edward Wagner. This one will sneak up on you.” – T.E. Grau, author of The Nameless Dark
“…this short read is full of palpable dread. The emotions rendered here are realistic and very human. There’s hopelessness and guilt, blame and regret all twisted in fibrous webbing to catch us up when we want to sprint quickly ahead of the story. The ending is a slap across the face.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Philip has created characters we want to succeed and makes us feel their pain. Loaded with dark possibilities, I think you’ll be surprised at the outcome.” – Horror Novel Reviews
“The last few pages of Mother scared the hell out of me…” – Muzzleland Press