“A treasure trove of secrets to writing great screenplays by a true master. Clear, concise, and inspirational (as well as great fun), this book allows us to learn from the great Dan O’Bannon himself.”
—STUART GORDON, director, co-writer, Re-Animator
“How pleasant to read a screenwriting book by someone who has actually written great screenplays. Dan O’Bannon’s insights and analysis make you want to throw all other screenplay manuals in the trash.”
—LARRY KARASZEWSKI, Golden Globe–winning writer, Ed Wood
“Sometimes angry, often funny, always insightful, this is a clear and engaging examination of story craft written by someone who has not merely studied the subject but who has also lived it.”
—RICHARD WALTER, professor, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
DAN O’BANNON (1946–2009) was an acclaimed screenwriter, whose eleven feature writing credits include the international blockbusters Alien and Total Recall, as well as Return of the Living Dead, which he also directed.
MATT R. LOHR is an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and critic. His views on contemporary and classic cinema can be found on his blog, The Movie Zombie.