TIH 151: Philip Fracassi on Horror as Escapism, Hollywood Screenwriting, and Literary vs. Genre Fiction

TIH 151 Philip Fracassi on Horror as Escapism, Hollywood Screenwriting, and Literary vs. Genre Fiction

In this podcast Philip Fracassi talks about horror as escapism, Hollywood screenwriting, literary fiction, and much more.

About Philip Fracassi

Philip Fracassi, an author and screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles. His brand-new collection of stories, Behold The Void, was published by JournalStone on March 10, 2017. He has a novella, Fragile Dreams, that was released in November 2016, and a second novella, Sacculina, due in May 2017, both from JournalStone. He is published in several current and upcoming publications, including Strange Aeons, Lovecraft eZine, Ravenwood Quarterly and Dark Discoveries Magazine. 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. 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).

Show notes

  • [03:10] Experience writing literary fiction
  • [24:00] Horror as escapism/writing horror in a world full of everyday terror and atrocities and real-world horror
  • [30:40] Standout films in terms of story from this and last year
  • [39:20] Peter Bowdidge, via Patreon, asks about the Hollywood screenwriting industry and treatment of writers with regards creative decisions
  • [46:40] Girl Missing. How much is the finished film as envisioned whilst writing it?
  • [53:40] Exclusive announcement about new film Observe and details

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