ChiZine Publications Announces Book Deal with Writer/Director S. Craig Zahler

S. Craig Zahler, Director and Author


PETERBOROUGH, ON, April 11, 2019 – ChiZine Publications (CZP) announced today the acquisition of The Slanted Gutter, a new novel by S. Craig Zahler, best known for writing and directing Bone Tomahawk, Brawl on Cell Block 99, and Dragged Across Concrete. Zahler, through his representative Dallas Sonnier, sold World rights to Publisher Sandra Kasturi and Managing Editor Brett Savory of the award-winning boutique press. ChiZine is an independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction.

The Slanted Gutter is a crime novel about Darren Tasking, a slick ex-con who has illicit clubs hidden throughout the city of Great Crown, Florida, and when somebody tells him “no,” he rearranges that somebody’s life until the answer is “yes,” until the day that two lowriders ambush him with loaded guns and nasty intentions. . . .

As a long-time fan of S. Craig Zahler’s work, I was extremely excited when this submission came in,” said Brett Savory, Managing Editor. “We’re always looking to publish more great crime fiction, so when this came across our desks, we jumped at the chance to not only expand our repertoire in that genre, but to do so through one of the most honest and unflinching voices working in it today.”

Sandra Kasturi, Publisher, adds, “Bone Tomahawk blew me away. ChiZine plus Zahler is a marriage made in vengeful, blood-soaked, glorious heaven.”

The Slanted Gutter will be published as a hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook in June 2020.

ABOUT ChiZine Publications //// ChiZine Publications (CZP) is a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and HWA Specialty Press, and Bram Stoker Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction hand-picked by Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory. ChiZine Publications also includes the imprints ChiTeen (young adult), ChiDunnit (crime), electronic-only releases under CZP eBook, ChiGraphic (graphic novels), and KQP (poetry). ChiZine is distributed globally by CBSD/Ingram and in Canada by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

ABOUT S. Craig Zahler //// S. Craig Zahler is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer, and musician. He wrote, directed, and co-composed the score for the 2015 film Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins. Zahler more recently wrote and directed Brawl in Cell Block 99, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, and Don Johnson. Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, and Tory Kittles star in Zahler’s new crime drama Dragged Across Concrete. Zahler’s debut western novel, A Congregation of Jackals, was nominated for the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his 2014 novels Mean Business on North Ganson Street and Corpus Chrome, Inc. both received starred reviews for excellence in Booklist. His newest book is Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, a gothic tale that he will bring to the silver screen with the help of his new creative partners, The Jim Henson Company. After reading this strange story, Clive Barker declared, “S. Craig Zahler is certain to become one of the great imaginers of our time.”

For further information, please contact:
Kari Embree, ChiZine Publications